Barts and The London is an international leader in oral and dental sciences and, in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, was ranked 1st in the UK for 4* and 3* outputs and 2nd in the UK overall, according to the Times Higher Education.
Combining a strong tradition of clinical, epidemiological and public health research and a solid research base, Barts and The London is at the forefront of the advancement of dental care. Cutting-edge laboratories and first class facilities enable the work of these research teams and clinical trials to be carried out to the highest ethical and governance standards.
Significant local research in dentistry includes internationally renowned work on the molecular biology of the periodontal pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis. This has attracted significant funding and current investigations include the development of novel antimicrobial achievements based on the understanding of microbial virulence factors in bacteria.
Barts and The London is also at the forefront of research in oral cancers. Head and neck carcinoma, the sixth most common cancer worldwide, is a significant public health issue in the local population of east London.
Public health and clinical research programmes are utilised to advance understanding in this area, and there is a particularly strong link in oral cancer with women at the East London Mosque.
Longstanding research and implementation programs in tobacco cessation, including those addressed specifically at the unique public health issues in the local area, are a key part of the research agenda.
The research provides a demonstrable practical impact on health service delivery whilst addressing the most important area of risk factor management in both primary care and specialist dental practice.
Institute of Dentistry web site
The Institute of Dentistry web site has research information, details of courses and information about staff members.