Who we are
'Collaborating to secure viable innovation and sustainable impacts'.Enabling Interdisciplinary collaboration
The Dental Innovation and Translation Centre (Dental ITC) was launched at King’s College London in January 2013.
It is explicitly charged with enabling interdisciplinary collaborations to translate research into impact for clinical practice, public health policy and development of new technologies and products
Understanding viable Innovation
As the Centre matures, the Dental ITC will work to identify and develop a range of novel basic science innovations that directly inform unmet needs of end users.
Dental ITC incorporates two main themes of business.
Clinical Innovation seeks to secure innovations built around unmet clinical need.
Collaboration for Improving Dentistry looks at how to systematically bring together partners required to deliver Evidence Based Dentistry to deliver improvements in health and healthcare.
The centre will catalyse the full translational journey from basic science to practice, policy and product.
Industry and Innovation
Working with researchers to identify and develop basic science innovations with both clinical and economic utility, including a portfolio of research projects around Innovation and Translation in the Dental Caries and Dental Erosion space. Initial funded projects are:
Working to develop the Oral Clinical Research Unit
- King's Health Partners Commercialisation Institute involving the development of safe and effective Near Infra-Red Imaging as an alternative to the use of ionising radiation
- working on a novel chair-side method of caries activity assessment
- developing accelerated and enhanced methods of remineralising dental caries as an alternative to surgical restoration for initial and moderate stage lesions.
The Dental ITC is working with the Oral Clinical Research Unit at King's College London Dental Institute to take forward high-quality clinical studies around oral health.
A range of strategic agreements with International Oral Health Companies are being put in place and many of these include elements of clinical research.
Trials which include:
- Co-CI on an NIHR funded, UK-wide, Dental Primary Care based Trial of dental recall trials - the INTERVAL Trial.
- Co-applicant and grant holder on a further NIHR funded, UK-wide, Dental Primary Care based Trial of dental caries management in children - the FiCTION Trial.
- Co-applicant on the NIHR funded, UK-wide, Dental Primary Care based Trial of 'scale and polish' interventions - IQuAD.
Collaborations with the Department of Health
Dental ITC is engaged with the Department of Health/NHS England and Public Health England around health surveillance and ensuring that international evidence is implemented into policy and practice. Research and Dental Public Health enquiry in this area includes continuing participation in National Dental Epidemiology, which includes:
- participation in the periodic National Surveys of Adult and Child Dental Health carried out with a Consortium led by the Office of National Statistics: Adult Dental Health Survey 2009 and the Child Dental Health Survey 2013.
- participation with the rolling NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme conducted with the British Association for Community Dentistry (BASCD)
The on-going work with the Dental ITC and the National and International Dental Epidemiology makes us aware of the development and refinement of a range of robust criteria, and also how to train examiners for accurate and consistent recording of caries in a field setting. We are also delivering Informatic solutions for data recording and processing, including APP based approaches for multiple platforms.
We work with the Department of Health and Public Health England ensuring that international evidence and practice feed into Health Innovation.
We have been responsible for the production of training programmes and inter-active eLearning programmes for a range of caries studies - most recently the 2013 National Child Dental Health Survey
The 2013 Child Dental Health Survey is an example of the work.
Training Programme for examiners