Overarching Research Areas

Objective

The overarching objectives are for the department to conduct point-of-care research – i.e. research is based firmly on clinical problem issues – to contribute to improved understanding of causal conditions, and to reinforce the evidence of the effects of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The research must therefore be based on an expanded partnership between the odontological disciplines and relevant areas of medical expertise.

Research-based teaching

In accordance with faculty strategy, the department is to ensure that the teaching is based on research. In the opinion of the department, committed compliance with this requirement involves the teacher in question conducting research within his/her teaching area as a primary principle. With a view to maintaining research-based teaching within all odontological subject areas, for example, collaboration on projects at both national and international level is essential.

Research areas

The department primarily conducts research within the following six main areas:

Order of priority is necessarily determined by developments in the incidence and prevalence of the oral diseases in contemporary society, which may result in downwards prioritisation of areas that previously accounted for a significant proportion of the department’s research. The current research activity has been influenced by the areas it has been possible to develop and launch during the transition phase described above.

Research strategy

In order to achieve the aims concerning input within the six main areas, the department will:

  • continue to develop projects in research teams across the department and in collaboration with external national and international partners, with due consideration for the department’s main research areas: medical research, translational research and health services research;
  • continue to work to promote joint utilisation of the department’s laboratory facilities – by tasking a committee with preparing an overview of available apparatus and methods, for example;
  • through new appointments and further education of the department’s laboratory technicians and biomedical students, ensure that qualifications match the current research strategies in full.