Restorative Dentistry MPhil
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School of Dentistry
Academic department overview
See: About Us.
Research is carried out in two main themes:
Basic Dental Science - This internationally renowned group conducts research at the clinical/basic science interface. It has become increasingly focused on molecular and structural biology and encompasses four interactive, internationally recognised programmes in the analysis and management of craniofacial disorders, oral cancer, periodontal disease/mineralised tissues and biomaterials.
Research is conducted in a network of clinical facilities and laboratories in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, and the Faculty of Life Sciences. The laboratories are well equipped, and a range of expertise in structural, cell and molecular biology exists to ensure a seamless transition into the post-genomic era. The group networks into the newly constructed Manchester Innovation Research Incubator which facilitates innovation, patenting and translation of basic research into the clinical environment.
The group has attracted research income of £3.8M from the Medical Research Council, Department of Health, Wellcome Trust and industry. The principal areas of research are clinical trials, epidemiology, diagnostic imaging, and systematic reviews with the Cochrane Oral Health Group.
Health Sciences Research - The main facilities are located in dedicated research areas that provide accommodation for funded research groups, computing facilities and statistical and epidemiological support. The aim of this research group is to improve dental health and treatment by contributing to knowledge of evidence-based health provision.
This group has an international reputation for its research and many of these activities involve interdisciplinary research within the School, University and international and national groups. Key research areas are funded by the Medical Research Council, Department of Health and the European Union, including studies into primary dental care, orthodontics, and pain and treatment of craniofacial anomalies.
High profile members of staff include:
- Professor Mike Dixon (the genetics of craniofacial anomalies)
- Professor Nalin Thakkar (the genetics of oral cancer and periodontal diseases)
- Professor Kevin O'Brien (clinical trials of orthodontic treatment)
- Professor Bill Shaw (the treatment of craniofacial anomalies, particularly cleft lip and palate)
- Professor Helen Worthington (biostatistics, and systematic reviews with the Cochrane Oral Health Group)
- Professor Martin Tickle (Dental Public Health and Primary Care)
- Professor David Watts (biomaterials)