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Caries and diagnostic research group

The caries and diagnostic research group is based within the Health Sciences research theme at Manchester.


NameJob titleEmail address
Roger Ellwood* Professor of Dental Diagnostic Science/Honorary Professor
Iain Pretty* Professor of Public Health Dentistry
Nicola Boothman Trials Manager - Dental Health Unit
Michaela Goodwin Research Associate
Laura Mackay Administrative Assistant - Dental Health Unit
Michael McGrady Trainer and Clinical Scorer
Martin Tickle* Professor of Dental Public Health and Primary Care

* Postgraduate research supervisors

About our research

There is a need to develop new methodologies that reflect the new disease paradigms within dentistry - for example, the detection, monitoring and staging of early carious lesions rather than the more advanced cavitated lesions.

Our work is divided between laboratory based development and in field clinical trials. We work closely with colleagues exploring the dental public health aspects of dental disease as well as primary care dentistry. We have strong collaborative links with groups in Asia, China, United States and South America.

Current research interests include:

  • use of photographs to score caries and other enamel defects in epidemiological studies;
  • use of advanced imaging techniques to assess gingival inflammation;
  • assessment and characterisation of dental fluorosis;
  • water fluoridation;
  • the prevention of extractions for dental caries under general anaesthetics in children.