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New dental facility helps fill research gap

02 February 2009

Cardiff University’s new £1.6m research unit to help tackle dental disease has been officially opened by First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan.

The new Translational Research facility based at Cardiff University’s School of Dentistry on the Heath Park campus is a joint investment in research by the University, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

The investment provides laboratory space for the development of biomaterial research targeted at patients with dental disease and lost dental tissues. The new facility also provides dedicated office space for both non-clinical and clinical early career researchers, which will form the future research base and lead exploitable new dental research.

Officially opening the new facilities, First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: "This new facility is a great development for Cardiff’s School of Dentistry, which is now ranked in the top five Dental Schools in the UK. This investment will allow the school to further build its world class facilities and attract the best research talent to assist us in improving dental education and dental research in Wales."

Enabling the School to develop its research capabilities and attract more top quality researchers to the University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Dean of School of Dentistry and Professor in Dental Public Health said: "I was delighted to join the First Minister in officially opening new research and education facilities, and to help celebrate the success of staff and students. The School of Dentistry has had a very successful year and these new facilities will enable us to look forward to the further development of research, education and clinical practice."

The First Minister also visited the School’s teaching laboratories which house the latest equipment for training of clinical dentistry together with the latest electronic aids to enhance teaching and officially. He also opened a new £500,000 lecture theatre designed to meet the increase in student numbers and provide new and improved facilities for teaching.



1. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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2. School of Dentistry

The Dental School is the only one of its type in Wales and provides significant leadership in dental teaching, research and patient care. Dental teaching and research is centred within the University Dental Hospital on the Heath Park site. The hospital was built in the mid-1960s and the first group of dental undergraduates qualified in 1968. There are currently over 270 registered students pursuing the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

The Dental School is divided into four main departments: Adult Dental Health. Dental Health and Development, Basic Dental Science and Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology.

The Dental School in Cardiff was the first in the UK to introduce the concept of an undergraduate elective period, where students are encouraged to undertake an original research project, ideally overseas. The School is also actively involved in the Erasmus Exchange Programme at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has formal links with institutions in Sweden, the Netherlands and Italy amongst others.

The School offers the BDS (Hons) and also trains Professionals Complementary to Dentistry. There are taught Masters, Mphil and PhD degrees across all discipline. There are currently over 270 registered students pursuing the Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery. The School also caters for postgraduates.

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Contact us - Chris JonesBefore joining the University in 2009 Chris worked in research and communications in politics for the Labour Party and in health, for the British Medical Association. Chris is a Cardiff University Politics graduate and has a CIPR diploma in Public Relations.


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