WUN Oral Health Sciences
As recognised by the World Health Organisation, oral diseases such as dental caries, periodontal disease, tooth loss, oral mucosal lesions and cancers, and trauma are major public health problems in all regions of the world. Their impact on individuals and communities as a result of pain and suffering, impairment of function and reduced quality of life they cause, is considerable. Globally, the greatest burden of oral diseases is on disadvantaged and poor population groups. Traditional treatment of oral disease is extremely costly; it is the fourth most expensive disease to treat in most industrialized countries where 5–10% of public health expenditure can relate to oral health.
By sharing expertise and knowledge, the WUN Oral Health Sciences Network aims to work together to improve oral health outcomes in our own communities and across the globe. This will be facilitated through using the full range of collaborative instruments provided by the Worldwide Universities Network, including joint research through staff/student exchange and biannual WUNOHS dissemination events.
- Challenging future dental care: Stem cell therapy for dental tissue engineering
- Translational research in dentistry