Our fields of research, with their complementary strengths, respond to the unique needs of New Zealand. Our local and international collaborations allow us to share, and benefit from, new discoveries. Research projects also provide outstanding learning opportunities for our students.
Understanding the forces in the mouth
Biomaterials, biomechanics and oral implantology research is about understanding the oral environment. We examine the entire system from enamel and bone to the materials and items used in clinical dentistry.
Fostering research to improve patient care
Clinical and translational research aims to improve patient care and to achieve better outcomes for our patients.
Investigating dentofacial growth and jaw function
We study mechanisms from the molecular to population studies and translate that new knowledge to the clinical management of individual patients.
Understanding how students learn and fostering best practices in teaching
We investigate a wide range of educational activities and experiences in higher education and professional development that pertain to the practice of dentistry in its broadest sense.
Population and dental health services research
In Dental Epidemiology we study the development of common oral conditions in the New Zealand population. In Dental Health Services Research we look at how effectively dental health systems work for New Zealanders.
Finding new ways to repair and regrow tissue in the oral environment
A new research programme, Dental Engineering and Tissue Regeneration (DEnTRegen) is focused around new approaches to trigger or enhance regeneration of oral tissues, including tooth regeneration, bone and blood vessel regrowth, wound healing and stem cell therapies.
Preventing oral diseases caused by microorganisms
Oral microbes cause disease in a large proportion of our population. In Molecular Microbiology we study how the diseases are caused, and how we can prevent or overcome them.
Understanding diseases in order to improve diagnosis and treatment
Our aim is to investigate the cellular and molecular basis of oral diseases and their treatment.