Quality of Research
School of Dentistry
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
|King's College London||201.957|
|University College London||114.48|
|Queen Mary, University of London||101.1|
|University of Sheffield||87.92|
|University of Dundee||74.8|
|University of Newcastle upon Tyne||72.9|
|University of Leeds||65.34|
|University of Birmingham||63.7|
|University of Manchester||61.915|
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The School of Dentistry provides a unique, national role in leading dental research and education in Wales. Research undertaken both within the School, and as part of national and international collaborations, continues to inform the understanding of human disease processes, healthcare planning and delivery. Our research has evolved around three major research themes: Applied Clinical Research and Public Health; Tissue Engineering and Reparative Dentistry; and Learning & Scholarship.
The Applied Clinical Research and Public Health theme assures the planning and delivery of orthodontic care, participates in the UK Child Dental Health Survey, and hosts the UK Oral Health Branch of the National Library for Health. The Violence Research Group has played a major role in the UK and internationally in the epidemiology, management and prevention of facial injuries. In recognition of this work, Professor Jonathan Shepherd was awarded the 2008 Stockholm Prize for Criminology.
Neurons which have been successfully made from oral progenitor cells and are characterised by the production of neurofilament M.
In an ageing society, tissue engineering and repair following injury or disease is increasingly important. The School’s Tissue Engineering and Reparative Dentistry theme is leading research in this area. This theme plays a key role in the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering & Repair, which links different disciplines within the University, and involves 11 schools. The exciting research programme is improving our understanding of human disease at a cellular and molecular level. Importantly this programme is translating research undertaken in the School (in progenitor cells, biomaterials & polymer therapeutics) into patented therapies for clinical use. The work of the Wound Biology Group has been recognised in the £5.6M award from the UK Healing Foundation in 2008.
The Learning & Scholarship theme has the specific aim of: developing the educational environment; improving pedagogic skills; and ensuring the delivery of the School’s innovative internationally-competitive postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.
Significant University investment in the School, including a £2M laboratory refurbishment programme, has facilitated the expansion of research activities. This investment in human and physical resources has paid dividends with awards of a value of over £2M in 2007 alone being won from the UK Research Councils. The School has ambitious research plans for future growth which are assured, and two new senior academic appointments will be made in 2009 to further foster the already dynamic research culture. Excitingly, 2010 will see work commence on a new-build, state of the art education and clinical translational research facility adjacent to the Dental Hospital site.