Epidemiology and Applied Clinical Research Group
Our research has had a wide impact, benefitting orthodontic treatment and developing novel approaches to manage recurrent orofacial herpetic lesions.
We jointly undertook the 2003 UK Child Dental Health Survey, receiving £74,000 funding from the Office for National Statistics.
The survey was an important contribution to the epidemiology of dental disease of UK children, and is a benchmark for those planning and implementing dental services for children in the next decade.
A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of glass ionomer sealants (funding: £74K from NHS Research and Development) showed that this is ineffective as a dental caries prevention measure in pre-school children.
The development of response latency techniques to determine attitudes to, and perceptions of, dental fluorosis (funding: £48K from the Borrow Dental Milk Foundation) suggests that the psychological impact of dental fluorosis may have been over-estimated.
Together with the Schools of Engineering and Computer Science, we captured 3-dimensional facial movement. This has enabled computerised biomechanical facial muscle model simulations. (Funding: £42K EPSRC.)
We developed a novel interdisciplinary approach to model bone resorption following dental extractions (funding: £52K from GlaxoSmithKline) and an approach for managing recurrent orofacial herpes (funding: £176K from GlaxoSmithKline).
We won the British Orthodontic Society Chapman Prize in 2006, alongside the universities of Manchester and Bristol. We investigated the benefits of orthodontic treatment in a 20-year cohort study of 1,018 11-year old children self-selecting orthodontic treatment. Our research found that orthodontic care had little positive impact on psychological health and quality of life in adulthood. (Funding: £254K from NHS Research and Development.)
We won the 2006 Houston Research Prize for facilitating 3D orthognathic diagnosis by combining surface scans with cone-beam computerised tomography. This led to realistic surgical planning and comparative growth studies using a common reference framework. (Funding: £180K from the NHS.)
Director of Education & Students, Deputy Head of School, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry
- +44 (0)29 2074 6569
Professor and Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health, Director Postgraduate Studies
- +44 29207 46680
Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health
- +44 29207 44612
Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics
- +44 29207 44821
Theme lead for Applied Clinical Research and Public Health, Professor of Orthodontics
- +44 (0)29 2074 2451
Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry
- +44 29207 46801