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30 April 2018

King's Dental Institute research article included in the top 100 papers of 2017

An article by Professor Paul Sharpe, a lead researcher at the King’s College Dental Institute


 Promotion of natural tooth repair by small molecule GSK3 antagonistshas been placed as one of the top 100 read papers for Scientific Reports in 2017, after receiving 17995 views.

The paper, released in November last year, chronicles how a new method of tooth repair – through stimulating the renewal of living stem cells in tooth pulp – was discovered by a team of researchers at King’s College. The simple and cost-effective approach is even applicable to teeth that have the vital layer of the tooth exposed.

The article has ignited a huge amount of interested from people across the globe eager to take part in human trials of the method. The research is still in early stages and human trials are not anticipated to begin until late in 2019 at the earliest. It is hoped that in the next 5-10 years the method could be introduced into dental practices around the world and be available to the public.

Richard White, Chief Editor of Scientific Reports said:

“Scientific Reports published more than 24,000 papers in 2017, and so a position in the top 100 most highly read articles is an extraordinary achievement – your science is of real value to the research community.”

Professor Paul Sharpe said:

“It is very gratifying to see that this publication has had such a worldwide impact and been read and reported by so many.”

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Professor Sharpe

Dickinson Professor of Craniofacial Biology