We aim to improve lives and reduce the burden of oral disease by making new discoveries in oral health through research. In 2014, we established the Duke-NUS Oral Health Academic Clinical Programme to advance our academic medicine efforts and to facilitate collaboration across different institutions to maximise the power of shared knowledge and resources.
Our collective of clinician-scientists and clinician-innovators is actively involved in the pursuit of translational research to improve patients’ lives. Nearly 45 per cent of all clinical staff who are registrars or more senior, are involved in research. Our achievements include:
We focus on the following four key research themes with the greatest potential for translation of discoveries to clinical application, namely:
Clinical Tissue Engineering
Despite significant progress in the field of tissue engineering, challenges remain that limit the translation of success in the laboratory, to the clinic. This research programme aims to deliver engineered tissues to patients. It has five tissue focus groups – bone, skin, dental tissues, neural tissues, and salivary gland.
The group aims to:
Oral Devices and Therapeutics
Dentistry is a profession that intensively uses instruments, devices, biomaterials, and topical treatments. Recent technological advancements have spurred our researchers to develop new oral devices, treatments and techniques to treat common dental conditions. This programme aims to:
Oral Health and General Health
Poor oral health, particularly conditions such as gum disease (periodontitis) caused by infection and chronic inflammation, is linked to many systemic diseases. For example, oral bacteria may directly cause infection of distant organs, such as the heart or lungs. Additionally, bacterial infection in the mouth may trigger inflammatory or immunological responses that result in damage to distant tissues or organ systems. This research programme aims to:
Oral Health and Ageing
Residents aged 65 years and above comprise 13.7 per cent of Singapore’s resident population, and this proportion is set to increase to 20 per cent in 2030. Recognising that oral health is of great importance for wellbeing, especially among the elderly, we conduct research to:
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