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University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Dental Medicine Research

State of the art facilities and partnerships

It is exciting when ideas that are hatched in the lab turn into products or when a clinical trial provides the possibility of improved chemotherapy. Researchers at the School of Dental Medicine experience these rewarding moments as they advance the field of dentistry through basic, translational and clinical science research.

The School’s collaborative research programs are at the forefront of science and attract significant National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research funding. In 2014, the university ranked 8th in funded research from The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Additionally, the school's research generates creative partnerships with a number of other institutions including the School of Medicine, Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Student Research

Dental and graduate student research is an integral component to the school's research portfolio. From national fellowships and presentations, to awards and recognition, CU's dental students are expanding their knowledge of evidence-based dentistry in the lab and clinic.

Research is a vital component of the school's mission, elevating the institution's reputation and ability to advance evidence-based clinical care. to become a regional school with a reputation for excellence in research, education and service in the field of oral health. Current research activities are focused on basic science and applied areas related to dental science, oral health and disease and craniofacial biology. The School of Dental Medicine (SDM) created a Program in Oral and Craniofacial Biology Research for qualified Graduate and Postgraduate trainees to further work towards the mission.

Research Expertise

Current research activities are focused on basic science and applied areas related to dental science, oral health and disease, and craniofacial biology.  Faculty research expertise includes:

  • Biomaterials/Bioengineering
  • Cancer biology
  • Craniofacial developmental/molecular biology
  • Salivary gland biology

Research Collaborations

The Anschutz Medical Campus was designed to facilitate research collaborations. Dental faculty maintain joint appointments in several School of Medicine departments including,

Dental faculty are also members of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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