The Faculty of Dentistry is particularly well prepared to continue to make significant contributions to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and the most technologically advanced dental clinic in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.

There have been remarkable changes in dentistry in the 50+ years since the first class began, and the UBC Faculty of Dentistry has been instrumental in these advances in the oral health sciences. The Faculty of Dentistry is particularly well prepared to continue to make significant contributions to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and the most technologically advanced dental clinic in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.

UBC Dentistry is committed to delivering outstanding research-intensive MSc and PhD graduate studies in the field of Craniofacial Science. Studies can be done in the areas of population health, oral health-related clinical research including both interventional and observational studies, and basic science research in the areas of biomaterials, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology and molecular biology.

We have recently expanded our clinical training programs to include endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. All must be completed in combination with an MSc or PhD degree. These programs complement our General Practice Residency Program and Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Residency Program. Our combined educational approach ensures that newly graduated clinicians are well prepared to critically evaluate new treatment modalities as they are developed.

Mission
To advance oral health through outstanding education, research, and community service.
 
67
Master's Students
13
Doctoral Students
9
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Facilities

Opened in March 2006, the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre is the hub of UBC Dentistry patient care and clinical learning. The 39,000 sq. ft clinical facility accommodates 144 operatories, a state-of-the-art central sterilization dispensary, as well as a suite of seminar rooms, clinical laboratories and radiology units. A networked chairside software system manages patient information and stores digital images. The Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre uses state-of-the-art technology and an innovative architectural design to create a modern, efficient space for clinical learning, community service and research.

Research Highlights

UBC Dentistry’s areas of excellence are grouped in three research clusters:

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Research Interests
Aleksejuniene, Jolanta Theory-based behavioural management, Evidence-based Practice, Caries risk assessment, ePortfolio learning, Oral Epidemiology
Almeida, Fernanda Obstructive sleep apnea, dental sleep medicine
Bromme, Dieter Lysosomal proteases, centre for blood research
Brondani, Mario Dental Public Health (Marginalization, CBPR, Access to Care, Stigma); Dental Education (Community Service Learning, Reflective Journaling, Teaching Pedagogies, Social Responsibility); Dental Geriatrics (Undergraduate and Graduate Education, Access to care)
Bryant, S Prosthodontics, Geriatrics, Patient-based assessments, Oral implants, Jawbone densitometry
Coil, Jeffrey Martin Pulp Biology, Endodontic Materials
Diewert, Virginia Prenatal craniofacial growth and development, cleft lip and cleft palate
Donnelly, Leeann Oral Malodor, Special Care Populations, Community Oral Health Education and Program Development
Ford, Nancy micro-computed tomography, physiological gating, models of respiratory disease, image-based measurements, dental imaging, x-ray imaging
Giannelis, Georgios implant surgery, wound healing, periodontics
Haapasalo, Markus Novel strategies to eradicate oral biofilms
Hakkinen, Lari periodontal tissues; wound healing; cell and molecular biology of wound healing and interactions of cells with extracellular matrix, Cell and Molecular Biology of Wound Healing
Kim, Hugh platelet biochemistry
Larjava, Hannu Wound healing
Laronde, Denise Oral cancer screening; risk prediction; access to care for oral health services; head and neck survivorship
MacDonald, David Systematic review, Diagnostic radiology, particularly of the Hong Kong Chinese
Macdougall, Mary molecular mechanisms associated with epithelial mesenchymal interactions, identification of critical signaling pathways, matrix formation and biomineralization
Marins de Carvalho, Ricardo Longevity of resin composite restorations
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Public Health Dentistry, Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Matthew, Ian Dental Education, biomaterials; implantology
Mostafa, Nesrine
Nguyen, Caroline Cancer patient treatment and rehabilitation outcomes; oral side effects of treatments and medications in cancer patients and the elderly
Overall, Christopher Mark Blood research, antiviral immunity
Pliska, Benjamin Facial growth and development, sleep medicine
Poh, Catherine Optical Techniques and oral precancer management

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