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New dental facility helps fill research gap

02 February 2009

First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM (centre) with Dr Emma Smith and Mr John ColomboFirst Minister Rhodri Morgan AM (centre) with Dr Emma Smith and Mr John Colombo

The School of Dentistry’s new £1.6m 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."

Professor Phil Stephens (left), Professor Elizabeth Treasure and First Minister Rhodri Morgan AMProfessor Phil Stephens (left), Professor Elizabeth Treasure and First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM

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 also 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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