Dental School Research

The UTHSCSA Dental School in San Antonio is committed to conduct research that will help preserve health, as well as understand, prevent, and manage oral diseases.
The research goals for the Dental School are:

  • Contribute to the broad body of basic and applied knowledge related to oral health including emphasis on the needs of South Texas, and disseminate that new knowledge.
  • Provide opportunities for students and faculty to develop the skills necessary for independent scholarship.
  • Develop a national and international leadership role in oral health related research.

By their research, the Dental School scientists provide a state-of-the-art foundation for the current education, patient care, community involvement, and training of future teachers and researchers in an exciting and stimulating environment.

Founded in 1970 and an integral part of the health science center, the Dental School is also one of the premier US dental schools. In November 2004, the independent Center for Science and Technology Studies (CEST) of Switzerland ranked dental schools worldwide based on their published research from 1998 to 2002. The UTHSCSA Dental School ranked 4th overall and 11th worldwide in scientific impact of publications.

The UTHSCSA Dental School encourages organization of its scientists in thematic research areas that involve collaborators from a broad scope of disciplines and promote novel discoveries. Exemplifying this concept, research teams address such important issues as dental and facial pain, periodontal implants, novel dental materials, and salivary diagnosis.

From the mid 1980’s, the UTHSCSA Dental School has been among the leading national sites for oral health research training involving initial dental student experiences to advanced DDS/PhD programs. Grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) support this research training by mentors from the Dental School as well as other UTHSCSA schools and departments.

Dental School scientists have successful records of gaining grant support NIH, the major source of funding, other Federal and local agencies, and industrial partners. The extensive interdisciplinary collaborations provide a strong basis for grant applications and bring together unique expertise and technologies. Clinical and translational researchers maintain dynamic working relationships with industry sponsors as they validate and optimize novel products for clinical treatment. The successful funding and a cadre of talented researchers are the basis for a strong national funding position and impact the future of oral health science and delivery of care.