A Message from David T. Wong, DMD, DMSC, Associate Dean of Research
We take great pride in the research programs of the UCLA School of Dentistry and the Dental Research Institute. Our investigators conduct cutting-edge basic and translational science, clinical/health services research, and educational research that is used to transform clinical practice and dental education. Research and scholarly pursuits are essential activities for all UCLA School of Dentistry faculty, students, and residents. Research fulfills the school's mission to contribute to the knowledge necessary to improve the oral health of the people of California, the nation, and the world. Furthermore, research is an essential component supporting the education of dental and graduate students within the School of Dentistry and the university at large.
Sponsored research at the School has almost tripled since 1995. In large part, this increase reflects UCLA's internationally renowned faculty and our strong focus on faculty-student research. Our academic programs provide a range of opportunities to integrate clinical training with basic or applied research, and multidisciplinary research is highly valued. UCLA provides a research home for dental, undergraduate, and graduate students, with a unique opportunity to participate in significant oral health research. Please continue reading to learn about our many research opportunities and successes.