Research Clusters

The McGill Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences is Canada's leading dental school and is home to a robust research program developed by a team of multi- and interdisciplinary researchers. The Faculty’s research is concentrated in the following four fields, each of which has a proven track record for research excellence.

Population Oral Health

Substantial progress has been made in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases, yet a disproportionate and unacceptable disease burden still falls on certain populations more than on others. The Population Oral Health research division focuses on oral epidemiology, Indigenous oral health research, health care services and policy research, clinical research, and dental education research. Read more.

Pain and Neuroscience

Pain research at McGill is ranked amongst the best in the world based on its critical mass of exceptional pain researchers and on a tradition of outstanding accomplishments in the neurosciences. The legacy of Ron Melzack’s 1965 gate-control theory of pain continues to this day with McGill pain studies researchers publishing in the most influential international journals. Read more.

Biomaterials, Nanobiotechnology and Tissue Engineering

Biomaterials, nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering is an emerging area of excellence for McGill Dentistry. Outstanding new researchers investigate nanometre-scale bone cements/biomaterials, synthetic tissue-engineered scaffoldings and controlled-release systems for bone reconstruction and salivary gland regeneration, and the bioactivation of implants by surface nanostructuring and protein nanopatterning. Read more.

Mineralized Tissues and Extracellular Matrix Biology

Skeletal, dental, and connective tissue biology research at McGill is, and has long been, world-class. A large group of researchers has been assembled to consolidate our strength in researching fundamental questions pertaining to mineralized tissue and extracellular matrix biology, the influence of the skeleton in organ and tissue cross-talk, and translational research and clinical trials in these fields. Read more.

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