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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.

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).

Awards

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.)

Academic staff

Professor Barbara Chadwick

Professor Barbara Chadwick

Joint Acting Head of School, Director of Education & Students, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry

Email
chadwickbl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2074 6569
Professor Ivor Chestnutt

Professor Ivor Chestnutt

Joint Acting Head of School, Professor and Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health, Director Postgraduate Studies, and Clinical Director of University Dental Hospital

Email
chestnuttig@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29207 46680
Rhiannon Jones

Rhiannon Jones

Research Assistant

Email
jonesrj5@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29207 45341
Maria Morgan

Maria Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health

Email
morganmz@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29207 44612
Dr Rebecca Playle

Dr Rebecca Playle

Reader and Deputy Director of Statistics

Welsh speaking
Email
playlera@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2074 4821
Professor Stephen Richmond

Professor Stephen Richmond

Professor of Orthodontics

Email
richmonds@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2074 2451
Dr Stephen Woolley

Dr Stephen Woolley

Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

Email
woolleysm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29207 46801
Professor Elizabeth Treasure

Professor Elizabeth Treasure

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor and Honorary Consultant, Dental Public Health

Email
deputyvc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4607