New dental facility helps fill research gap

Cardiff University’s new £1.6 million research unit to help tackle dental disease has been officially
opened by First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan.

The new Translational Research facility based at Cardiff University’s School of Dentistry on the
Heath Park campus is a joint investment in research by the University, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust
and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

The investment provides laboratory space for the development of biomaterial research targeted at
patients with dental disease and lost dental tissues.

 

The new facility also provides dedicated office space for both non-clinical and clinical early career researchers, which will form the future research base and lead exploitable new dental research.

 

Officially opening the new facilities, First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: ‘This new facility is a
great development for Cardiff’s School of Dentistry, which is now ranked in the top five Dental
Schools in the UK.  This investment will allow the school to further build its world class
facilities and attract the best research talent to assist us in improving dental education and
dental research in Wales.’

Enabling the School to develop its research capabilities and attract more top quality researchers
to the University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Dean of School of Dentistry and Professor in Dental
Public Health said: ‘I was delighted to join the First Minister in officially opening new research
and education facilities, and to help celebrate the success of staff and students. The School of
Dentistry has had a very successful year and these new facilities will enable us to look forward to
the further development of research, education and clinical practice.’

The First Minister visited the School’s teaching laboratories which house the latest equipment
for training of clinical dentistry together with the latest electronic aids to enhance teaching and
officially.  He also opened a new £500,000 lecture theatre designed to meet the increase in student numbers and provide new and improved facilities for teaching.

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