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Oral Health and Disease

The Oral Health and Disease theme brings together an exciting programme of research from the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, the largest institute in Europe for postgraduate education and research in oral health and disease; the Eastman Dental Hospital, one of the UKs largest secondary health care providers for oral and dental disease; and the Eastman Clinical Investigation Centre, the only clinical research facility in the UK fully dedicated to clinical trials in oral health and disease.

The Oral Health and Disease theme has three core aims:

Reducing the burden of oral cancer and oral disease in cancer patients and survivors - Delivering innovative diagnostic and chemoprevention strategies and interventions aimed at reducing exposure to risk factors, as well as novel medical devices and interventions to mitigate the effects of cancer therapy.

Improving diagnosis and treatment of oral and facial pain - Using novel imaging techniques to stratify patient responses and guide clinical decisions, and identifying genetic markers to inform precision medicine.

Minimising dental tissue defects and loss - Developing and validating novel technologies for early diagnosis of dental tissue defects and loss; for visualisation of early small defects; and trialing novel ‘smart’ materials for dental restoration.

Board members

Dr Stefano Fedele, Theme Director (Chair)
Professor Stephen Porter, Director of UCL Eastman Dental Institute
Dr Tim Hodgson, Clinical Director of UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital
Dr Francesco D’Aiuto, Clinical Academic
Professor Anne Young, Biomaterials Scientist
Professor Joanna Zakrzewska, Academic Hospital Consultant
Professor Richard Watt, Public Health
Dr Nandi Simpson Theme Operations Manager