The Sir John Walsh Research Institute
Better Health for New Zealanders Through Improved Oral Health
Research in the Faculty of Dentistry underpins the teaching of dentistry, its clinical practice, and the identification of oral health-related problems. The Faculty of Dentistry produces graduates for the nation's dental work force who are trained to understand the scientific basis of dentistry and oral health. Researchers in the Faculty are committed to the systematic development of new knowledge of oral science and how best to improve the oral health of the general public. A major strength of the Faculty has been the establishment of substantive research groupings that include the Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, the Immunopathology Laboratory, Clinical Research, Biomaterials and Biomechanics, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Oral Implantology. Many of the researchers in the Faculty also belong to the University of Otago research theme Oral Microbiology and Dental Health.
Oral Microbiology and Dental Health Research Theme (OMDH)
The research carried out under the Oral Microbiology and Dental Health Research Theme aims to study the microorganisms responsible for a range of oral diseases, to understand how the diseases are caused, and to devise strategies to prevent them.
Faculty of Dentistry Research Report 2005-2006
The University of Otago has a proud history of Dental Research over the past 100 years. This history of excellence in research continues today, as can be seen from the Faculty of Dentistry Research Report 2005-2006.
The recent Performance-Based Research Funding exercise placed the University of Otago as the premier research University in New Zealand, with the School of Dentistry having an exceptionally strong performance.
This excellence in research is reflected in the development of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute. This Institute will provide a focus for dental research in New Zealand and will further enhance the international reputation of the School.
Faculty of Dentistry 3M Annual Research Days 2007 - 2010
Areas of Research Strength
Professional Development Committee
The responsibility for continuing professional development in the Faculty rests with the Professional Development Committee.
NZDA Research Foundation
The NZDA Research Foundation invites applications for grants to support research in fields related to dentistry.
In particular, the Foundation wishes to promote research
in clinical dentistry and dental practice. It encourages
applications from practitioners, particularly those who
have conducted summer research projects or who were
otherwise involved in research projects during their
The Foundation board will consider applications for
funds to support new or ongoing projects, to purchase
equipment, or for any other purpose that will result in
the acquisition and/or dissemination of new knowledge
relevant to dentistry.
The Foundation offers assistance to dental practitioners
in the preparation of their research protocols and
in developing their research applications to ensure
compliance with current grant application techniques.
Applications are not to exceed $15,000 and close each year on April 30.
Ministry of Health Research Funding
Applications are invited for grants to support oral health
research, specifically targeting children and adolescents;
people of all ages with physical, intellectual, behavioural, or
cognitive disabilities, or who are medically compromised;
people experiencing inequalities of outcome (e.g. Maori,
Pacific Island, and low-income populations; and older adults.
Research could also focus on promoting oral health, building
links with primary care and building the oral health workforce.
The Ministry of Health dental research funding source is managed by the NZDA and its Research
Foundation, and offered in addition to the Foundation’s annual mid-year funding round.
The closing date for applications in 2009 was 30 April.
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