The School of Clinical Dentistry
The School of Clinical Dentistry at Sheffield has 33 postgraduate research students and an annual intake of 55 dental undergraduates. It achieved a Grade 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise 2001, an "excellent" (23/24) rating in the QAA Subject Review exercise, and recently received an Investor in People award.
The School is situated on the perimeter of the main University campus and is connected to the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. The Medical School, the Department of Biomedical Science, the Health Sciences Library and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital are all in close proximity. It is located on the western side of the city, adjacent to a pleasant residential area. Sheffield University provides a full range of sporting and recreational facilities for staff, and the Peak District National Park is within easy travelling distance.
Research strategy within the School
We receive research funding from Research Councils (eg MRC, BBSRC), the EU, Charities (eg Wellcome Trust, Action Research), and a range of commercial companies (eg GlaxoSmithKline, Boots).
Research in the School is organized into three thematic groups, 'Biomaterials', 'Neuroscience' and 'Health and Diseases'. Research encompasses laboratory and clinical projects, addressing both basic and applied questions. This multidisciplinary approach is facilitated by our direct physical link with the Dental Hospital which allows easy access to patients and patient material for use in research projects. Staff and students attend and present their work at several cross-faculty research seminar programmes held locally within the University of Sheffield, and are also very active at national and international meetings. The school has been awarded numerous national and international prizes for undergraduate and postgraduate research.
Specific strategy of the Neuroscience Research Group
The general aim of this research group is to further the understanding of the chronic oro-facial pain that sometimes arises as a consequence of nerve injury and inflammation. Our objective is the development of new methods of treatment.
This group collaborates with neuroscientists in the Department of Biomedical Science, which houses some of our research laboratories. Further afield, we have strong collaborative links with neuroscience groups in Stockholm, Michigan, São Paulo, and Calgary. We also have strong links with an industrial partner, GlaxoSmithKline. Clinically, we have developed a large referral base for patients with trigeminal nerve injuries, who travel to Sheffield from the UK and abroad, providing unique opportunities to obtain patient material for laboratory evaluation and correlation with symptoms.