Research Clusters

The McGill Faculty of Dentistry is Canada's leading dental school, including a robust program of research initiatives developed by a team of multi- and interdisciplinary researchers. The Faculty’s research is concentrated in the following 4 fields, each of which has a proven track record of research excellence.

Pain research at McGill is amongst the best in the world, based on a large critical mass of exceptional pain researchers, and on a tradition of outstanding accomplishments in the neurosciences. The legacy of Ron Melzack’s proposal of the gate-control theory of pain in 1965 continues with McGill pain studies appearing in the world’s most influential journals. Read more.

Skeletal, dental and connective tissue biology research at McGill is world-class, with a long history of excellence. A large group of researchers has been assembled to consolidate our strength in researching fundamental questions pertaining to mineralized tissue and extracellular matrix biology, influence of the skeleton in organ and tissue cross-talk, and translational research and clinical trials in these fields. Read more.

An emerging area of excellence for Dentistry, with outstanding new recruits investigating nanometre-scale bone cements / biomaterials, synthetic tissue-engineered scaffoldings and controlled-release systems for bone reconstruction and salivary gland regeneration, and bioactivation of implants by surface nanostructuring and protein nanopatterning. Read more.

Substantial progress has been made in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases. Yet, certain populations are still experiencing disproportionate and unacceptable burdens of these diseases. The Population Oral Health research division focuses on oral epidemiology, Indigenous oral health research, health care services and policy research, clinical research, and dental education research. Read more.