About dentistry research
We're committed to the discovery of new principles and ideas. Our multidisciplinary research approach brings together the complementary expertise of the Faculty of Medicine and Health's schools, centres and institutes with that of our affiliated teaching hospitals, institutes and international research partnerships.
Our researchers are not limited by the confines of the mouth, but enhance studies in fundamental cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and biomechanics, with our dental expertise. It is our goal to ‘put the mouth into health.’
Our research is structured around cross-disciplinary themes focused on improving health outcomes.
- Associate Professor Ayman Ellakwa is part of a team of Australian researchers who have received a CRC-P grant with a total project value of $8.3 million, to develop a new fiber-reinforced dental composite.
- Professor Woosung Sohn has secured funding from Sydney Health Partners to scale up the existing rural and regional pilot fluoride varnish program, targeting Aboriginal school children into urban communities.
- Our researchers, in collaboration with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, have been awarded a $170,000 Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Grant to scale up a school-based fluoride varnish program for Aboriginal children in NSW. This project is co-designed with Aboriginal people and aims to reduce and prevent tooth decay.
- Dr Christina Adler, one of the University's 2019 SOAR fellows, is currently lead investigator of an NHMRC grant-funded project using twins to study how genetic and environmental factors influence the developing oral microbiota and drive disease (ie dental caries development) in early childhood.
- Dr Rahena Akhter has received a 2018 Wrigley Company Foundation ADHF Community Service Grant for her research ‘Improvement of lifespan oral health in children with cerebral palsy: a pragmatic approach’. The project aims to break the cycle of poor oral hygiene and the significant harmful health sequelae that may follow in this population.