Research at the Institute of Dentistry is conducted within several research groups, the work of which builds on areas of research excellence at the Institute of Dentistry and complementary expertise at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian.
Clinical & Population Health
Public Health & Health Services
Contact: Dr Ekta Gupta
The aim of this theme is to conduct high quality research in oral health utilising the principles of Dental Public Health to improve the oral health of individuals and populations. Areas of research in the Public Health & Health Services include: the study of Oral health in Vulnerable/High Risk groups and Older People, Dental Health Services Research and, Evidence-Based Dentistry.
General Dental Practice-based Research
Contact: Mr Steve Bonsor
The aim of this theme is to conduct high quality research in the general dental practice environment with the potential and opportunity to engage general dental practitioners in carrying out research in this field.
Contact: Dr Rosa Moreno López
The aim of the assessment research group is to conduct high quality research which will contribute to the understanding and improvement of student attainment and progression.
Educating Staff and Students
Contact: Dr Claudia Cunningham
The aim of this research area is to explore people at each stage of the education process. Areas of research include: Selection to dental education and training, Career progression and support, Remediation, Diversity & Widening Access, Development of Dental Educators and Educational Leadership.
Teaching & Learning
Contact: Professor Richard Ibbetson
Teaching and Learning research encompasses theoretical approaches, educational strategies and evaluation in dental education. Areas of research include: Theory of Learning, Educational strategies and Evaluation.
Experimental & Translational Research
Contact: Dr Rasha Abu-Eid
The aim of cancer research at the Institute of Dentistry is contribute to the body of knowledge to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Areas of research include: Head and Neck Cancer Immunology, Digital Pathology for the Classification and Grading of Oral Lesions and Early Detection of Oral Cancer.
Contact: Dr Karolin Hijazi
Microbial Diseases research at the Institute of Dentistry aims to advance mechanistic knowledge that will inform the development of new strategies to control infective diseases as well as immune disease driven by microbes. Areas of research include: Antimicrobial Resistance, HIV-1, Oral Opportunistic Pathogens and Oral Mucosal Inflammatory Disease.