Research


October 15, 2018

Researcher: Public misled on brushing teeth

Almost any schoolchild can tell you: We prevent cavities by brushing our teeth, because that’s how you remove the sticky film containing millions of decay-causing germs.


July 25, 2018

Study shows how austerity devastated Greece’s health

A new study by a School of Dentistry faculty member and dozens of other researchers from the University of Washington and around the world has found that Greece’s population health declined markedly and death rates rose sharply after harsh austerity measures were imposed on Greece by the European Union and the International Money Fund in 2010.


July 18, 2018

School remains No. 3 in world in research rankings

The University of Washington School of Dentistry retained its No. 3 global and U.S. ranking in the newly released 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.


June 13, 2018

UW oral health center wins grant for Africa HIV research

The University of Washington’s Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health has received a grant to support research on African children and adolescents exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


May 14, 2018

Dentistry PhD candidate receives major grant to study oral pain syndrome

Dr. Sumeia Werfalli, who is studying for her PhD in oral biology at the School of Dentistry, has been awarded a Scan│Design Foundation Innovative Pain Research Grant by the University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.


April 18, 2018

UW researchers find no-drill way to heal cavities

A University of Washington research team that includes School of Dentistry faculty members has designed a natural product using engineered proteins called peptides to rebuild tooth enamel and heal cavities in their early stages.


April 3, 2018

UW global oral health symposium set for July 31

Registration has opened for a University of Washington national symposium on global oral health scheduled for July 31.


November 29, 2017

Oral health research center renamed

The Center for Global Oral Health, established at the School of Dentistry in 2013 to promote international collaborations in dental research and education, has been renamed to honor its founder, Dr. Timothy A. DeRouen.


August 11, 2017

New study reports benefits of dental therapists’ care

In the first long-term study of dental therapist utilization, University of Washington researchers have found that greater access to the therapists’ services in Alaska resulted in more use of preventive dental services and fewer extractions among adults and children.


July 13, 2017

School is 3rd in world in research ranking

The University of Washington School of Dentistry is rated third in the world and the United States in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which is heavily weighted toward research performance and reputation.


June 28, 2017

Dr. Travis Nelson’s autism study featured in ADA journal

Dr. Travis Nelson of the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry is the lead author of a study on treating children with autism that is the cover article in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.


February 1, 2017

State health official prescribes steps to fight opioid crisis

A leading Washington state health official on Tuesday urged medical and dental providers at a UW dental research forum to support more stringent prescribing guidelines and other measures to address the opioid abuse crisis.


November 18, 2015

UW to host national saliva symposium

Imagine a future in which ailments such as heart disease or diabetes can be routinely detected with something as simple as a mouth swab.


September 30, 2015

Dentistry researcher, partners win support for lifesaving infant cup

A global infant-health initiative led by School of Dentistry researcher Dr. Christy McKinney has been nominated for a $250,000 award from a consortium that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


September 10, 2015

Student Alexander Stanton receives national research award

Second-year dental student Alexander Stanton has received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) 2015 Charles R. Morris Student Research Award, the AAOMR has announced.


August 10, 2015

Dr. Salamati receives Sunstar Americas, Inc. Research Award

Dr. Atriya Salamati, a PhD candidate in oral biology at the School of Dentistry, has received the $25,000 Sunstar Americas, Inc. Research Prevention in Oral Health Award, the school has announced. Dr. Salamati, who received her DDS degree at the University of Washington in 2013, is pursuing a doctorate in oral biology in the School…


June 4, 2015

Targeted bacteria-killer offers promise in fighting tooth decay, other diseases

A new treatment that can kill the bacteria responsible for tooth decay without harming the mouth’s beneficial bacteria has moved one step closer to reality with a study by researchers at the University of Washington and UCLA.


March 27, 2015

Dentistry faculty helps lead Latin American research workshop

School of Dentistry faculty members helped lead the second Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health, held Feb. 22-27 at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.


September 30, 2014

David Shin, Dr. Emily Chu win Research Day honors

Second-year student David Shin and oral biology graduate student Dr. Emily Chu won top honors in poster competitions during the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Sept. 19 at the UW Health Sciences Center.


July 10, 2014

Dr. Darveau, colleagues shed new light on link between gum disease, vascular inflammation

A new journal publication co-authored by Dr. Richard Darveau, Chair of the Department of Periodontics, has shed further light on how the bacterium that causes periodontal disease can evade the body’s immune response and trigger inflammation in blood vessels outside the oral cavity.


June 2, 2014

UW leads oral health research workshop in Peru

In May, the School of Dentistry led a weeklong workshop in Peru that expanded its clinical research training activity into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.


January 8, 2014

School researchers patent new antibacterial agent

Four School of Dentistry faculty members have received a patent for a new way of using titanium-based materials to fight oral bacteria.


October 30, 2013

Sunstar Americas boosts UW pediatric oral health research

Dr. Donald Chi of the UW Department of Oral Health Sciences faculty has been named the recipient of the initial Sunstar Americas Pediatric Prevention Award.


September 16, 2013

Dr. Larry Kessler to present keynote talk at Research Day

Dr. Larry Kessler, Chair of the UW Department of Health Services, will discuss “Regulatory and Scientific Challenges in Advancing Dental Technology” in the keynote address at the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Friday, Sept. 20.


August 2, 2013

Grad Pros resident earns top research honor

Dr. Marta Revilla, a third-year UW Graduate Prosthodontics resident, was awarded first place in the 2013 Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics Graduate Student Research Competition at this year’s annual session in Anchorage, Alaska.