Bristol Dental School has a long-established interdisciplinary research culture with tight links between clinical research (dentistry and orthopaedics) and basic scientific research.

As a result, our research laboratories are located close to clinical facilities such as the Clinical Trials Unit, patient clinics and primary care units.

We receive funding from a range of organisations including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), The European Union, The Wellcome Trust, DSTL and various UKRI research councils, among others.

Research programmes

The school hosts two overarching research groups:

  • Lifecourse Epidemiology and Population Oral Health 
  • Microbiology and Materials

Each of these overarching groups has a research convenor– Professor Andy Ness and Dr Angela Nobbs respectively.

The school has two affiliated groups– the Cleft Collective and the Clinical Trials Unit. These are led by Dr Yvonne Wren and Professor Nicola West respectively.

Clinical academics are affiliated to one (or more) of these groups but are also part of a support network for clinical academics co-ordinated by Professor Steve Thomas.

Lifecourse Epidemiology and Population Oral Health

Microbiology and Materials

Affiliated groups

The School has two affiliated research groups

We are proud of the quality of our research across a spectrum of specialised topics allied to dentistry. Our expertise is acknowledged worldwide.

Professor Andy Ness, Director of Research

REF 2021 success

Bristol Dental School are incredibly proud to have achieved these outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, highlighting the quality of our research.

71% of Bristol’s submission to the REF 2021 Unit of Assessment in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care is classed as ‘world-leading’. 97% is classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

94% of Bristol’s submission to the REF 2021 Unit of Assessment in Clinical Medicine is classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent'.

Did you know?

We are the only dental school in the UK to have an theme within a Biomedical Research Centre as a core part of its research activity.

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