Research in the School of Dentistry: Faculty, clinic, and student involvement
Our programs in basic sciences, clinical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences and public health help bring current research into our classrooms, clinics, and dental practices statewide. Six research clusters investigate everything from neuroscience to oral health disparities.
Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program
In fiscal year 2012, we received almost $11 million in funding through corporate contracts, foundation funding, university awards and 12 NIH institutes, including the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research.
University President Eric W. Kaler and Mrs. Karen Kaler were among the more than 500 fairgoers who stopped by the School of Dentistry's booth at the Minnesota State Fair on August 26. The exhibit featured activities that promote the school's patient clinics and research expertise, and advance awareness of oral health as an integral component of health and wellbeing.
MRI technology is not commonly found in a dental practice. But findings from a proof of concept study posted online in advance of publication by DentoMaxillofacial Radiology report that MRI technology can help dentists identify microrcracks in teeth and allow for intervention before significant damage is done.
In a study published online in the Journal of Virology, University of Minnesota scientists in the School of Dentistry-based Institute for Molecular Virology, analyzed seven different retrovirues, including two types of HIV as well as HTLV-1, a virus that causes T-cell leukemia. They found that no two kinds of retroviruses look -- or act -- the same.