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Head of School 

Robert PRofile
The school's research day was well attended by staff and students who were presented with a range of high level research presentations. We were extremely privileged to have Professor Paula Moynihan deliver the keynote presentation on her extensive work on nutrition and oral health. Professor Moynihan is the current President of the International Association for Dental Research which is the peak international body promoting dental and oral health research, it is rare to have such a distinguished speaker in our area and Professor Moynihan set a high standard for the day.

Obtaining research funding in the general field of dentistry is not only difficult in Australia but internationally as well. It is yet to be seen if the new NHMRC funding structure will benefit dentistry, though in the latest round no dental related projects were funded. The Australasian Council of Dental Schools is acutely aware of this and will be exploring the drivers behind this to better promote research funding in Australia. 

One driver to consider is the drive from research bodies for interdisciplinary research projects. Although on the face of this this could present a challenge for dentistry as colleagues in other disciplines may have limited interest in the questions we have to address as a profession. However there are considerable areas of overlap between disciplines, especially in areas traditionally led by dentistry such as regenerative dentistry / medicine, quality of life determinants, and biomaterials to name only a few. Forging interdisciplinary research is our current research challenge.
Classic Literature

Professor Love's publication is the 16th most cited article in the history of the journal.

Professor Robert M. Love's publication Love RM. Enterococcus faecalis-a mechanism for its role in endodontic failure. International Endodontic Journal 34: 399-405 (2001) is a confirmed classic. A recent publication in the International Endodontic Journal: Ahmed et.al. The top 50 most-cited articles published in the International Endodontic Journal revealed that Professor Love's article is the 16th most cited article in the history of the journal.

International Endodontic Journal is one of two leading publications in the field of endodontics, it was established in 1967 and to date has published over 9800 articles. 

International Association for Dental Research (IADR) 2019, Vancouver, Canada

National Oral Health Surveys: Methodological Challenges for Global Datasets
DOH Speaker: Marco Peres
Organizer(s): Richard Holmes (Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) Sponsoring Group/Network(s): Behavioral, Epidemiologic, and Health Services Research, Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network, Geriatric Oral Research

Microbes and Oral Cancer
DOH Speaker: Newell Johnson
Organizer(s): Saman Warnakulasuriya (King's College London, England)
Sponsoring Group/Network(s): Oral Medicine & Pathology, Microbiology/Immunology, Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network
Supported by: Henry Schein Cares Foundation

Poster Presentations:

IADR 2019 Ajay Sharma
Dr Ajay Sharma
Ajay Sharma*, Neil Waddell, KC Li, Warwick Duncan. Titanium-Zirconium for Oral Implants - Comparison of Mechanical Properties with Titanium

Naghmeh Abbasi*, Stephen Hamlet, Ryan Lee, Robert M. Love, Saso Ivanovski. Osteoconductive Melt Electrospun with Gradient and Offset Structures

Vanessa Reher*, Peter Reher, Karen G Peres, Marco A Peres. Amalgam and Composite Restorations at Griffith University Clinic: trend from 2010-2018

IADR 2019 Naghmeh AbbasiNaghmed Abassi

Karen G Peres*. Combined exposure of diet and fluoride on Early Childhood Caries

Rushdi S Fadhil, Ming Q Wei , Dimitrios Nikolarakos, Raj G Nair*. Mir-3928 in Saliva as Potential Biomarker for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Lavanya Ajay Sharma, Azam Ali, George Dias, Robert Love*. Keratin supports odontogenic differentiation of dental pulp stem cells


IADR 2019 Raj Nair
Raj Nair
IADR 2019 Reher and Peres
A/Prof Karen Peres and Dr Vanessa Reher


IADR 2019 Newell Johnson

Emeritus Professor Newell Johnson


Alexandria, VA, USA – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Newell Johnson, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, as the 2019 recipient of Global 

Oral Health Research Award. Johnson was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 97th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR). The IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building in Vancouver, BC, Canada from June 19-22, 2019.

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Jessica Zachar

Jessica Zachar (MClinDent Student)

1st Prize Junior Category for the Unilever Hatton Competition

"Awareness and knowledge of oral cancer amongst adult dental patients attending regional university dental clinics in New South Wales, Australia". Research from Honours project at Charles Sturt University.

The Lancet Series on Oral Health

Sugar, alcohol, and tobacco fuel oral health crisis

2019 Lancet_launch-1

A new Lancet Series led by University College London (UCL) brought together 13 academics experts from 10 countries to better understand why oral diseases have persisted globally over the past three decades, despite scientific advancements in the field, and why prevalence has increased among socially disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Oral health has been isolated from traditional healthcare and health policy for too long, despite the major global public health burden of oral diseases, according to a Lancet Series on Oral Health, published in The Lancet. Professor Marco Peres, from Menzies Health Institute Queensland and Griffith University’s School of Dentistry and Oral Health, is the only Australian academic in the international team of authors of The Lancet Series.
“In Australia, dental caries affects 34 per cent of five- and six-year-old children and 46.2 per cent of nine- and 10-year-olds,” Professor Peres said.
 “In older children with permanent dentition the prevalence is 9.2 per cent among six- to eight-year-olds and nearly 40 per cent in 12- to 14-year-olds.”
Failure of the global health community to prioritise the global burden of oral health has led to calls from The Lancet Series authors for the radical reform of dental care, tightened regulation of the sugar industry, and greater transparency around conflict of interests in dental research. 

Oral diseases, including tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers, affect almost half of the global population, with untreated dental decay the most common health condition worldwide. Lip and oral cavity cancers are among the top 15 most common cancers in the world. In addition to lower quality of life, oral diseases have a major economic impact on both individuals and the wider health care system. In Australia, recurrent expenditure on dental services cost $9.904 billion in 2015-16. 
“Australasia has the second-highest per capita expenditure on dental care and productivity losses due to dental problems in the world,’’ Professor Peres.

School of Dentistry and Oral Health Research Day 2019

Res Day 2019 HOS
Prof Robert Love, Prof Paula Moynihan and Raj Nair
The School of Dentistry and Oral Health Research Day was held on 22nd August.We were honoured, to have Professor Paula Moynihan, President IADR,join us as keynote speaker. Professor Paula Moynihan is an internationally recognized nutritionist and presented compelling evidence on the health risks associated with high sugar intake and has been instrumental highlighting the interrelationship between nutrition and oral  health and the impact of compromised oral health on nutritional wellbeing.

Staff, researchers and Master of Dentistry
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Prof Paula Moynihan and Manju Pitchai
students were presented with a divers range of research project presentations from academic staff HDR and PostDoc staff with PhD student Manju Pitchai awarded Best Oral Presentation for her research project The Effect of Titanium Surface Characteristics on Macrophage Attachment and Viability.

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Research Medallion

Lizzy Hui presenting
Dr Lizzy Hui
Congratulations are extended to Dr Lizzy Hui the winner of the Professor GJ Seymour & Professor MP Cullinan Research Medallion Competition of the Australian Society of Periodontology (QLD). Lizzy presented her DClinDent research Biofilm Decontamination Combining Erythritol Air Polishing and Cold Atmospheric Plasma on Titanium Discs and Peri-implantitis Model. 

2019 Griffith Health HDR End of Year Event

To celebrate 2019 achievements in Higher Degree Research, Griffith Health are hosting a half day event where candidates have the opportunity to present their research by 10 minute presentations, a poster or both. 
Candidates will also have the opportunity to submit a publication, the winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event.  Each category has cash prizes for 1st , 2nd and 3rd place. 

Friday, November 29, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Where: Southport Sharks Leagues Club Event Centre, Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Avenue

To register for this event please click the following link: 


Research publications

Congratulations to the following staff who have had their research recently published.

Al-Dameh A, Braga T, Love RM, Camargo M, Alcalde M.P. Micro-computed tomography evaluation of maxillary molars mesiobuccal canal preparation using BioRaCe and AlphaKite rotary Niti systems. Dental Press Endod. 2018 May-Aug;8(2):29-35. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14436/2358-2545.8.2.029-035.oar

Bagga R, Robb ND, Fenlon MR. An investigation into the prevalence of combination syndrome. Elsevier. Volume 82, March 2019, Pages 66-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2019.01.016

Bakr MM, Kelly WL, Brunt AR, Paterson BC, Massa HM, Morrison NA, Forwood MR. Single injection of PTH improves osteoclastic parameters of remodelling at a stress fracture site in rats. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.24262

Bakr MM, Love RM. Inflammatory cell expression of Toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2) within refractory periapical granuloma. F1000 Research 2018 7:1819, https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.16678.1

Bowen J, Al-Dasooqi N, Bossi P, Wardill H, Van Sebille Y, Al-Azri A, Bateman E, Correa M.E, Raber-Durlacher J, Kandwal A, Mayo B, Nair RG, Stringer A, ten Bohmer K, Thorpe D, Lalla RV, Sonis S, Cheng K, Elad S. The pathogenesis of mucositis: updated perspectives and emerging targets. Support Care Cancer (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-04893-z

Camargo JMP, Braga T, Camargo R, Love RM, Reher P. Surgical management of a large radicular cyst using modified guided tissue regeneration techniques: a case report with 4 years followup. Oral Surgery ISSN 1752-2471. https://doi.org/10.1111/ors.12424

Cumerlato CBF, Demarco FF, AJD Barros, Peres MA , Peres KG, Cascaes AM, Camargo MBJ, Santos IS, Matijasevich A , Corrêa MB. Reasons for direct restoration failure from childhood to adolescence: A birth cohort study. Journal of Dentistry 2019,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2019.103183

Fernando S, Kumar S, Bakr MM, Speicher D, Lea R, Scuffham P.A, Johnson NW. Children’s untreated decay is positively associated with past caries experience and with current salivary loads of mutans Streptococci; negatively with self-reported maternal iron supplements during pregnancy: a multifactorial analysis. J Public Health Dent. 2019 Mar 8. https://doi.org/10.1111/jphd.12313

Fernando S, Tadakamadla SK, Bakr MM, Scuffham PA, Johnson NW. Indicators of Risk for Dental Caries in Children: A Holistic Approach. JDR Clin Trans Res 2019 Apr 30 doi: 10.1177/2380084419834236

Fidan I, Imeri A, Gupta A, Hasanov S, Nasirov A, Elliot A, Alifui-Segbaya F, Nanami N. The trends and challenges of fiber reinforced additive manufacturing. Springer London 2019, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-018-03269-7

Freire MCM, Jordão LMR, Peres MA, Abreu MHNG. Six-year trends in dental pain and maternal education inequalities among Brazilian adolescents. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol.  2019;00:17

Godoi H, Singh A, de Mello ALSF, Brennan DS, Peres MA. Area-level social development and indicators of public dental services in Southern Brazil. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2019;00:1–7. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdoe.12455

Harrhy CR, Robb ND. The use of flumazenil in a community dental service – a service evaluation. SAAD DISGEST Vol 3.5,2019.

Ianunzio JR, Peres KG, Haag DG, Peres MA. Direct effect of common mental disorders on xerostomia in adults estimated by marginal structural models: A population-based study. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2019;00:1-7. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdoe.12454

Khan S, Bettiol S, Kent K, Barnett T, Peres M, Crocombe LA. Obesity and periodontitis in Australian adults: A population-based cross-sectional study. International Dental Journal (2019), doi: 10.1111/idj.12514

Leite FRM, Peres MA, Nascimento GG. Is the misinterpretation of association and causation a neverending story? Australian Dental Journal 2019; 0: 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1111/adj.12687

Moharrami M, Perrotti V, Iaculli F, Love RM, Quaranta A. Effects of air abrasive decontamination of titanium surfaces: A systematic review of in vitro studies. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2019; 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1111/cid.12747

Nascimento GG, Gastal MT, Leite FRM, Quevedo LA, Peres KG, Peres MA, Horta BL, Barros FC, Demarco FF. Is there an association between depression and periodontitis? A birth cohort study. J Clin Periodontal (2019), DOI: 10.1111/jcpe.13039

Perea LME, Alexandra Crispim Boing AC, Peres MA, Boing AF. Potential years of life lost due to oropharyngeal cancer in Brazil: 1979 to 2013. Rev Saude Publica. 2019;53:67, https://doi.org/10.11606/S1518-8787.2019053001054

Perrotti V, Zhang D, Liang A, Wang J, Quaranta A. The Effect of One-Abutment at One-Time on Marginal Bone Loss Around Implants Placed in Healed Bone: A Systematic Review of Human Studies. Implant Dentistry (2019), DOI: 10.1097/ID.0000000000000931

Profili F, Sparabombe S, Tawse Smith A, D'Isidoro O, Quaranta A. The effect of miniaturized manual versus mechanical instruments on calculus removal and root surface characteristics: An in vitro light microscopic study. Clin Exp Dent Res. 2019;1–9, DOI: 10.1002/cre2.218

Quaranta A. The law of dental implant. Minerva Stomatologica 2019 February;68(1):1-2, DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4970.18.04218-8  

Quaranta A. Effectiveness of Different Commercial Chlorhexidine-Based Mouthwashes After Periodontal and Implant Surgery: A Systematic Review. 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., DOI: 10.1097/ID.0000000000000854

Zadik Y, Arany PR, Fregnani ER, Bossi P, Antunes HS, Bensadoun RJ, Gueiros LA, Majorana A, Nair RG, Ranna V, Tissing WJE, Vaddi A, Lubart R, Migliorati CA, Lalla RV, Cheng KKF, Elad S. Systematic review of photobiomodulation for the management of oral mucositis in cancer patients and clinical pratice guidelines. Support Care Cancer (2019),


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