Skip to content
Skip to navigation menu

Cymraeg

Dental schools’ research collaboration first in the UK

13 November 2008

A unique step has been taken to develop research collaboration between Cardiff University’s School of Dentistry, the Peninsula Dental School and the dental school at University of Bristol.

The South West & Wales Dental Schools’ Research Symposium brought together for the first time in the UK three dental schools to formally discuss a proactive approach to joint research opportunities. The initiative will develop research excellence and the associated benefits to local patients.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Dean of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff, said: "Developing research that impacts patients locally, regionally and globally depends on the sharing of knowledge across the profession to advance treatments that produce real results for patients. The School of Dentistry is the only one of its type in Wales, providing unique and important leadership in dental research, teaching and patient care. We are very excited to be able to be part of this symposium which is the start of strengthening research collaborations across the three institutions."

Dr Simon Moore of the Violence & Society Research Group at the School of Dentistry and Dr Lindsay Davies presented latest research amid wider discussion regarding themes such as population and clinical science, education research, microbiology and vascular research, and experimental pathology and biology.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Dean of the School of Dentistry, said: "Developing research that impacts patients locally, regionally and globally depends on the sharing of knowledge across the profession to advance treatments that produce real results for patients. The School of Dentistry is the only one of its type in Wales, providing unique and important leadership in dental research, teaching and patient care. We are very excited to be able to be part of this symposium which is the start of strengthening research collaborations across the three institutions."

Professor Liz Kay, Dean at the Peninsula Dental School, commented: "We are delighted to be hosting the first collaborative symposium between the Peninsula Dental School and the dental schools at Cardiff University and at the University of Bristol. We firmly believe that, between the three institutions, we have the knowledge, skills and expertise that can make South Wales and the West Country an international centre for dental research of the highest quality. We look forward to developing sustainable and lasting research relationships that will truly contribute to the science of dentistry, and the dental health of patients in our region and around the world."

Professor Jonathan Sandy, Head of Bristol Dental School, commented: "This is an important collaborative research meeting to explore the possibilities of increasing research opportunities. There is now a realization that Schools need to collaborate to maximize their research potential. The three Dental Schools cover an area which accounts for 10 per cent of the UK population which should enable translational research in basic and population sciences."