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Our programs in basic sciences, clinical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences and public health help bring current research into our classrooms, clinics, and dental practices statewide. Five research clusters investigate everything from neuroscience to oral health disparities.

Oral Health Clinical Research Center

The Oral Health Clinical Research Center (OHCRC) enhances oral health by transferring basic and applied research knowledge and new technical advances into patient-oriented research.

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Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program

The Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program aims to train the next generation of independent investigators exploring questions in craniofacial, oral health and dental research.

Researchers at School of Dentistry

Research at a glance


Publications by faculty
Faculty collaborations
Resident and graduate student grants


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With hundreds of published papers ranging on topics from microbiology, treating pediatric patients, addressing obstacles in access to care, and developing better technology for the purpose of oral health, School of Dentistry researchers and faculty lead the way toward the future of oral health care.

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Student Research & Training Opportunities

The School of Dentistry offers opportunities for incoming and current dental students to conduct mentored research and more. Learn more about student research and training opportunities.

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Centers, Institutes, & Labs

The School of Dentistry features a wide array of laboratories and research centers dedicated to advancing oral health knowledge. Learn more about our centers, institutes, and labs.

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Research Ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work. Learn more about our commitment to research ethics.

Research news

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Research, made personal

At the School of Dentistry, Qiman has found her place—a path where she can combine her passions and have a real impact on her patients.

Kristin Bruk Artinger speaks from a podium at Research Day

19th annual Research Day explores innovation and discovery

Hosted by Continuing Dental Education, Research Day brings together experts across the discipline to discuss cutting-edge discoveries and showcase progress made at the school and beyond. The event features a keynote, school research updates and poster presentations from learners.