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Dean's welcome

Welcome to the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago webpage. I am extremely proud to lead this outstanding organisation at a time of enormous expansion.

The Faculty has a long and remarkable history of education, research and service to the community. The Faculty’s future has been “re-imagined” with the building of not one but three new facilities. First, a fully operational 200 chair Clinical Services Building where patients are provided with oral health care that is supported by the most modern equipment and materials seen anywhere in the world; second a new outplacement clinic in Auckland where students are able to obtain experiences that build on their education and training in Dunedin; and third a soon to be opened Sir John Walsh Building, a fully renovated version of the dental school housing pre-clinical and research laboratories, meeting areas and staff accommodation. With these new facilities, the Dental Faculty at Otago has been gifted a generational opportunity to build on its already outstanding reputation to deliver the finest oral health care providers and researchers for the New Zealand and international communities.

Of course, a university dental school is more than simply bricks and mortar. The Faculty of Dentistry at The University of Otago has a team of people who are at the leading edge of their profession and who have an international reputation for excellence in research, education and clinical service.

Research is one of the core activities of academic staff and postgraduate students and is undertaken within the world recognised Sir John Walsh Research Institute. Current activities cover a broad spectrum of research aligned to the following programmes: Biomechanics and oral implantology; Clinical and translational research; Craniofacial biology and clinical oral physiology; Dental education research; Dental epidemiology and public health; Molecular microbiology; and Oral molecular and immunopathology.

In addition to our three undergraduate programmes, Dentistry, Oral Health and Dental Technology we offer opportunities and excellent facilities for postgraduate education in all the clinical specialties. In association with the Southern District Health Board, specialist clinical support is also provided for the Otago population and specialists in the Faculty provide support to the dental profession the length of New Zealand through advice, continuing education courses, and expertise on national professional and advisory groups.

The Faculty is also fortunate to be able to attract many internationally renowned scholars, who either choose to spend time undertaking research at the Faculty, or who are invited to visit the University under the auspices of the Faculty's Professional Development Committee.

Dunedin is a quintessential university city. It contains numerous local attractions of importance, a society strongly supportive of higher education and a community with a proud history of sharing their environs with students, young... and not so young. The Faculty of Dentistry offers a friendly environment for postgraduate training and education. I hope you will join our stimulating academic community and I look forward to the possibility of welcoming you in the future.

Professor Mike Morgan
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry