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Oral and Dental

Oral and Dental

Our role is to support the delivery of high quality Oral and Dental studies and manage participant recruitment to time and target, both for Oral and Dental studies which are led from Scotland, and studies led from other nations which Scottish sites are participating in.  We provide support in the following areas:

  • Managing the study portfolio record
  • Monitoring the attainment of recruitment targets
  • Providing advice on study design and feasibility
  • Troubleshooting issues with poor recruitment
  • Identifying potential sites for studies
  • Facilitating access to resources to support research.

At the moment approximately half of all the Oral and Dental studies actively recruiting in Scotland are led by Scotland, demonstrating that we have a wealth of experienced Investigators who can develop and deliver successful dental research studies.    

Oral and Dental Studies

We oversee research that deals with conditions from nutritional deficiencies, genetic conditions and general infection to systemic and dental diseases. Our studies take place in a range of settings, including hospital in-patients, dental hospital outpatients and primary care.

We work to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS and to help plan new studies that will address patient’s needs.

 We support a wide range of research studies including:

  • Common dental diseases (such as caries and periodontal disease)
  • Oral diseases and conditions (such as oral cancer and orthodontic problems)
  • Promoting oral health at an individual and public health level
  • Prevention and management for all dental diseases, related conditions and their longer-term impacts
  • Development and testing of new technologies.

Information for patients, carers and the public

NHS Research Scotland is committed to actively involving patients, those who care for them and the public in all aspects of the research process, including shaping future research activity. Read more

Key Contacts

Specialty Lead:

Professor Jan Clarkson

Professor David Conway

Performance Manager: Sarah Kennedy