Science and Research
The UCSF School of Dentistry is one of the preeminent oral and craniofacial research enterprises in the world. It has ranked as the top US dental school in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for 23 years; extramural research funding totals approximately $34 million annually. It is also is the home to several leading translational research programs exemplified by the multidisciplinary research centers in Sjögren’s syndrome, oral health disparities (CAN DO), and oral HIV/AIDS (OHARA), and is the administrative home of the UCSF Healthforce Center for Research and Leadership Development.
The school has strong cross-campus research activities in stem cell research, oral/head and neck cancer, health disparities and craniofacial biology, and conducts basic sciences research in several important areas, including biomaterials/ bioengineering, cell and tissue biology, and hard tissue biology. The school is a pioneer in AIDS research, with more than 25 years as the repository of the San Francisco AIDS Specimen Bank.
The school is comprised of four academic departments -- Orofacial Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, and Cell and Tissue Biology -- and employs approximately 200 faculty members, including three members of the Institute of Medicine and one member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Many of the principal investigators are members of two or more graduate programs and exercise interdisciplinary research through collaborations across campus and between other leading local, national and international universities. Clinical research is another critical part of the research activities with large program projects, contracts and grants in several areas including health disparities research, salivary gland diseases, oral cancer and AIDS.
UCSF Integrity of Research Policy