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Message from Professor Abigail Tucker

It has been a year since the new research centres were created, focusing our research in Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology, Host-Microbiome Interactions and Oral, Clinical & Translational Sciences and Education. 

The new Centres have stimulated novel interactions, and have all grown with the recruitment of a number of new staff, spanning basic to translational science.

This year we have seen cutting edge research published in the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Development, BDJ, Biomaterials, Dental Materials, Science, eLIFE, Current biology, Nature Communications, Nature Immunology and the Lancet to name but a few, with a total of over 240 papers published in 2019.

It has been a successful year in terms of funding; wee have reached our targets for research grant awards with funding from UKRI, NIHR, European Commission, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust, in addition to a number of other charity and health funders.

All of this ensures the faculty is in an excellent position to strengthen its international reputation for producing innovative, inspirational and ground-breaking research in dentistry, oral and craniofacial sciences.

This year we have been gearing up for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) with papers reviewed and scored, and impact put forward. This time round we are combining with nursing, midwifery, palliative care, pharmacy and life course to create a really strong unit of assessment 3: the allied health professionals. Together we have held workshops on how to write a 4 star paper and how to generate impact from research. 2020 will see all outputs and impact case studies submitted for results in 2021.

2019 has been a great year for research and we are looking for more to come in 2020.  Thank you to all the colleagues and students involved in research.

Professor Abigail Tucker
Dean for Research

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Professor Abigail Tucker