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SJWRI dental and oral health research supported by NZDRF and Ministry of Health

Monday 12 September 2022 11:17am

The New Zealand Dental Association and Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health (MoH) are key supporters of our dental and oral health research, through the annual NZ Dental Research Foundation (NZDRF) and MoH Oral Health Research grant rounds.

In the 2022 NZDRF funding round, a total of $122,429 in funding has been awarded for research projects led by our staff, PhD and DClinDent students.

SJWRI researchers are also lead or key named investigators on projects awarded $139,193 in targeted Ministry of Health Oral Health Research funding.

As always, we thank the NZ Dental Research Foundation and the Ministry of Health for their continued support.

New Zealand Dental Research Foundation

Established in 1964 by the NZ Dental Association, the NZ Dental Research Foundation awards grants for research projects related to dentistry. Its overall purpose is to "promote, foster and extend the study and practice of the art and science of dentistry in New Zealand". Since its inception, the Foundation has provided financial support for decades of dental and oral health research projects within the Dental School and the SJWRI, to help extend the boundaries of dental knowledge and to promote the fostering and extension of the study and practice of the art and science of dentistry in New Zealand. The Research Foundation is funded by donations from dental practitioners, the dental supply industry and other businesses, as well as proceeds from the annual NZDA Conference and other fundraising activities. The SJWRI and the Faculty are hugely grateful for the role and contribution of the NZDRF, the NZDA and its membership, in supporting our research over the past five decades, in the process helping many of our Masters, PhD and specialising dental postgraduate students complete their studies.

In the 2022 NZ Dental Research Foundation grant round, projects led by SJWRI researchers have been awarded a total of $122,429 in funding, including $10,000 from the Continuing Dental Education Trust of Auckland, $5,000 from the Dental Industry Group of New Zealand, and $5,000 from the International College of Dentists.

Lead investigator Other named investigators Project title Awarded
Prof Richard Cannon

Lucy Jiang, Prof Mauro Farella

The antibacterial and mechanical properties of nanostructured TiO2 anatase-rutile-carbon coatings on metal orthodontic appliances $14,947
A/Prof Peter Cathro Ray Sun, A/Prof Azam Ali, Dr Jithendra Ratnayake, A/Prof Lara Friedlander Development of an easy-handling, bioinductive hydroxyapatite-silicate-silk cement for use in vital pulp therapy $12,650
Dr Joanne Choi Ana Grymak, A/Prof Sunyoung Ma, Mr John Aarts Correlation of three wear test modules and post-analysis methods for dental materials $12,000
Dr Joanne Choi A/Prof Sunyoung Ma, Ana Grymak, Dr Abed Badarneh Effect of various printing parameters on the accuracy of 3D-printed partial denture framework. $8,700
($5,000 from DIG)
A/Prof Dawn Coates Prof Warwick Duncan, Dr Kai Chun Li, Dr Joanne Choi Novel 3D PCL hollow pipe scaffold with bone cement infiltration for bone regeneration and vascularisation of large bone defects in dentistry $14,890
A/Prof Sunyoung Ma Dr Joanne Choi Assessment of the marginal integrity, internal fit and bond strength of long-term CAD/CAM and 3D printed interim crowns

$14,988
($10,000 from CDET)

A/Prof May (Lei) Mei Dr Kai Chun Li, A/Prof Mani Ekambaram, Yipeng Fu Remineralisation of early enamel caries with adjunctive application of a bioinspired peptide and fluoride varnish: an in vitro study $14,490
($5,000 from ICD)
Dr Jithendra Ratnayake Prof Paul Cooper, Zohaib Khurshid Development of a novel ovine tooth putty for dental surgery applications $14,764
Dr Benedict Seo Muhammed Aiman Nizar, A/Prof Haizal Hussaini, Dr Qing Sun, Prof Paul Cooper, Prof Alison Rich Endoplasmic reticulum stress in oral lichen planus $15,000

Named investigators are from the Sir John Walsh Research Institute, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago (UO) unless otherwise noted.  Italicized names are postgraduate research students.
CDET: Continuing Dental Education Trust (Auckland) Award
DIG: Dental Industry Group of New Zealand
ICD: International College of Dentists

Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health Oral Health Research Fund

In 2007, the NZ Ministry of Health established a funding programme for oral health research, managed by the NZDA and its Research Foundation, to fund research targeted towards the oral health priorities of the Ministry. Priority is given to oral health research that targets children and adolescents; people of all ages with physical, intellectual, behavioural, or cognitive disabilities, or who are medically compromised; people experiencing inequalities of outcome (e.g. Maori, Pacific and low-income populations); maternal oral health; older adults; and research focusing on promoting oral health, building links with primary care and building the oral health workforce. 

In the 2022 MoH Oral Health Research round, SJWRI researchers are lead or key named investigators on projects awarded a total of $139,193 in funding. 

Projects led by SJWRI investigators

Lead investigator
Other named investigators Project title Awarded
A/Prof Jonathan Broadbent Dr Helena McAnally, Dr Judith Sligo, Prof Bob Hancox (all Preventive and Social Medicine, UO) The influence of socioeconomic position on intergenerational continuities in oral health and oral self-care $38,830
A/Prof Harsha De Silva Peter Sese, Dr Jesse Kokaua (Centre for Pacific Health, UO), A/Prof Jonathan Broadbent, Prof Darryl Tong Trends in facial fractures in New Zealand from 2010 to 2022 $1,141
Prof Mauro Farella
Lucinda Wong, Dr Fiona Firth, Dr Peter Fowler (University of Bristol), Dr Hannah Jack Cleft Project - The search for a confident smile $25,908
A/Prof Lara Friedlander Shayden Bell, A/Prof Jonathan Broadbent, A/Prof Ben Daniel (Higher Education Development Centre, UO), Dr Finn Gilroy, Dr Katie Ayers (private practice) Management of deep caries in permanent teeth - Let’s be consistent! $7,326

Projects led by investigators outside the SJWRI

Lead investigator
Other named investigators Project title Awarded
Dr Matthew Hobbs
(University of Canterbury)
Dr Tim Chambers (Public Health, UO Wellington), A/Prof Jonathan Broadbent Towards a comprehensive understanding of inequities in water fluoridation in New Zealand: a nationwide geospatial and longitudinal study $47,904
Dr Moira Smith*
(Public Health, UO Wellington)
Prof Murray Thomson Oral and maxillofacial surgeons’ perspectives on workforce recruitment and retention in Aotearoa New Zealand $18,084

Named investigators are from the Sir John Walsh Research Institute, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago unless otherwise noted. Italicized names are postgraduate research students. *Associate Investigator of the SJWRI

Summaries of these research projects will be presented in forthcoming issues of the NZ Dental Association magazine NZDA News.

Congratulations to all those funded in this year's rounds.