The Faculty of Dentistry contributes to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and amongst the most technologically advanced dental clinics in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.

There have been remarkable changes in dentistry in almost 60 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 making significant contributions to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and amongst the most technologically advanced dental clinics 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.

Our training programs include endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Specialty training 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, and participate actively in clinical research.
 

Mission
To advance oral health through outstanding education, research, and community service.
 

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 Dentistry and oral health; Sleep and Sleep Disorders; craniofacial characteristics in sleep apnea; diagnosis; edentulism; oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea; sleep apnea
Bromme, Dieter Lysosomal proteases, centre for blood research
Brondani, Mario Dentistry and oral health; Community Health / Public Health; Dental Health; social determinants of health; Health Policies; Quality of Life and Aging; Adult Education and Continuing Education; Epidemiology; Access to care; Dental Education; Dental Geriatrics; Dental Public Health; Epidemiological data; Health Policy; Qualitative research
Bryant, S Prosthodontics, Geriatrics, Patient-based assessments, Oral implants, Jawbone densitometry
Carvalho, Rick Other health sciences, n.e.c.; Biomaterials; materials interfaces; bonding to hard tissues; materials development
Coil, Jeffrey Martin Pulp Biology, Endodontic Materials
Donnelly, Leeann Oral Malodor, Special Care Populations, Community Oral Health Education and Program Development
Ford, Nancy Medical physics; Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Dental materials and equipment; micro-computed tomography; physiological gating; contrast agents; models of respiratory disease; image-based measurements; dental imaging; x-ray imaging
Haapasalo, Markus Novel strategies to eradicate oral biofilms
Hakkinen, Lari Dentistry and oral health; Cell signaling; Cell therapy; Cell to cell communication; Connective Tissue; Extracellular matrix; Fibroblasts, MSC; Oral mucosa and skin; Tissue regeneration; Wound Healing
Kim, Hugh platelet biochemistry
Larjava, Hannu Wound healing
Laronde, Denise Cancer; oral cancer screening; malignant transformation; early detection; oral premalignant lesions
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
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Public Health Dentistry, Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Matthew, Ian Dental Education, biomaterials; implantology
Moghavemitehrani, Hooman
Overall, Christopher Mark Blood research, antiviral immunity
Pigozzo Manso, Adriana Dentistry and oral health; Color shade in resin composite; Dental adhesive interfaces; Resin dentin bond stability
Pliska, Benjamin Dentistry and oral health; Sleep and Sleep Disorders; Oro-Dental Disorders; Facial growth and development; sleep medicine
Poh, Catherine Optical Techniques and oral precancer management
Putnins, Edward Dentistry and oral health; Oro-Dental Disorders; Chronic mucosal inflammation; Monoamine oxidase Inhibitor development as anti-inflammatories
Richman, Joy Marion Dentistry and oral health; Cell signaling; chicken embryo limb development; Congenital Anomalies; craniofacial development; Developmental biology; Embryonic Development; Evo-Devo; Growth Factors; orofacial clefting; reptilian tooth development

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Dentistry.

 

Publication: Bioactive Materials
UBC Author(s): Ya Shen (Oral Biological & Medical Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry), Markus Haapasalo (Oral Biological & Medical Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry)
ISSN: 2452199X
Volume: 12
Page Range: 257-277
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
UBC Author(s): Fernanda Almeida (Oral Health Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry)
ISSN: 0305182X
Volume: 49
Page Range: 633-643
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Clinical Oral Investigations
UBC Author(s): Ya Shen (Oral Biological & Medical Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry)
ISSN: 14326981
Volume: 26
Page Range: 4361-4368
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Dental Materials
UBC Author(s): Ricardo Marins de Carvalho (Oral Biological & Medical Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry)
ISSN: 01095641
Volume: 38
Page Range: 946-959
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: International Endodontic Journal
UBC Author(s): Jolanta Aleksejuniene (Oral Health Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry), Markus Haapasalo (Oral Biological & Medical Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry)
ISSN: 01432885
Volume: 55
Page Range: 441-452
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Australian Endodontic Journal
UBC Author(s): Ya Shen (Oral Biological & Medical Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry), Markus Haapasalo (Oral Biological & Medical Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry)
ISSN: 13291947
Volume: 48
Page Range: 131-137
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: The Lancet HIV
UBC Author(s): Christopher Wyatt (Oral Health Sciences / Faculty of Dentistry)
Volume: 9
Page Range: e225-e226
Publication Date: April 2022

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2022 Dr. Liu examined the biological signatures of tumour spread to neck lymph nodes in early-stage oral cancer. Her work revealed micro-RNA and immune genes, and nuclear phenotype that can identify high-risk patients. This contributes to translating clinical biomarkers for the decision of early neck management and preventing under- and over-treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2021 Dr. Adeniyi explored the views of healthcare providers and pregnant women in British Columbia on integrated prenatal oral care. Her results show the need for a clear referral process for prenatal oral care, oral health funding, and interprofessional collaboration. A model to guide healthcare providers, policymakers, and advocates was produced. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2020 Dr. Al-Sahan identified that the integration of five biopsychosocial theories can help explain how people cope and adapt to loss of visible body parts. She subsequently applied the theories in the context of coping with complete tooth loss thereby proposing a model that explains the process of coping with tooth loss. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Prosthodontics (PhD/Dip. Prosthodontics)
2020 Dr. Danescu established novel microscopic methods to visualize the embryonic face as it develops. He was able to see coordinated and symmetrical patterns of cell behaviour and observe how specific drugs block cell movements. The insights from his work will impact our understanding of normal and abnormal facial development. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ahmed investigated the effects of preparation design and sintering on the marginal accuracy of zirconia crowns, and established an innovative method for measuring the shrinkage of zirconia crowns during processing. This research provides valuable knowledge for achieving precise fit and improving the clinical success of zirconia restorations. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Prosthodontics (PhD/Dip. Prosthodontics)
2020 Dr. Bi investigated cell behavior in the regulation of periodontal disease. He found that a receptor molecule plays a central role in the regulation of periodontal inflammation and bone loss through transforming growth factor and epidermal growth factor receptor signaling. This research will impact treatment methods for periodontal diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2019 Dr. Jessani studied the oral health needs and services of people living with HIV in British Columbia. His results identified three quarters of this population had unmet dental treatment needs, half of the respondents had not visited a dentist with in the last year and half had experienced some kind of discrimination by their oral health providers. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2018 Dr. Salimi conducted an 18 year review of outcomes related to cleft lip and palate patients treated at BC's Children's Hospital in order to evaluate the incidence and potential risk of fistula development. She further developed a protocol for comprehensive follow up of cleft lip and palate patients in the shape of a standardized assessment form. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Orthodontics (PhD/Dip. Orthodontics)
2018 Dr. Rock advanced the risk stratification of oral precancerous lesions by examining different associations between microscopic diagnosis, molecular features, risk habits, clinical lesion characteristics over time and progression to cancer. This research provides a new framework to integrate lesion change over time into risk models. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2018 Dr. Tarzemany studied the function of a protein that mediates cell communication in wound healing in skin and oral mucosa, and its relevance for scar formation. Findings from her project may be used to develop effective and predictable therapeutic modalities to prevent and treat scars. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)

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