Research

Research in the School of Dentistry: Faculty, clinic, and student involvement

Research notebookOur 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.

Clinical Trials

Both researchers and people looking to volunteer for a study should use StudyFinder to search opportunities.

StudyFinder

Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program

MinnCResT is a D.D.S./Ph.D. program training the next generation of independent investigators exploring questions in craniofacial, oral health and dental research.

MinnCResT

Research Support

Resources for School of Dentistry researchers, including funding opportunities, statistical support, and process explanations.

Research Support

Student Research & Training Opportunities

Research programs and support for students from undergraduate to D.D.S./Ph.D. including summer fellowships.

Student research

Well-Funded Research

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.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

Research EthicsWe are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethicial standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work

Research News

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At a time when bacteria are increasingly developing an ability to stand up to antibiotics, U-M School of Dentistry scientists have developed an antimicrobial peptide that kills drug resistant bacteria without causing new resistance behaviors.  The new peptide is even effective against bacterial biofilms, a sticky mass of bacteria that are difficult to kill with traditional antibiotics. Bacterial biofilms are responsible for dental plaque and have been estimated to affect 80% of bacterial infections in the body.

Tooth Decay Model

In a new study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, an interdisciplinary team of University of Minnesota researchers found some bacteria that absorb and accumulate phosphate from saliva may play a role in tooth decay.

Chad Wagner

Chad Lowell Wagner, second-year University of Minnesota School of Dentistry student, presented a poster titled “Effect of an Opioid Prescribing Protocol on Provider Prescribing Behavior” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 21-24, 2018.  The meeting was held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.