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Industry-University Research Partnerships

We are actively developing research partnerships with industries to promote and enrich activities in education and research.

Industry-university research partnerships are partnerships between private businesses and educational institutions, such as universities, and/or research institutions, in which both partners conduct research, development, and business. Kyushu Dental University is pursuing partnerships with private companies in our efforts to promote and enrich activities in university education and research, and contribute to the development of society. We are carrying out research and development in collaboration with a range of industries, such as care and assistive product manufacturing companies, food manufacturers, and computer-related businesses.

List of Research Fields and Courses

Kyushu Dental University is engaged in research in a broad range of courses and fields related to dental medicine. This list introduces the achievements of the research in each course and field.

Clinical Education Development and Research

Our department, a new dental research field, was established in April, 2016. We are in charge of clinical training management office for dental students and the 1st Comprehensive Dentistry Department is responsible for general dental treatment with a focus on primary care in our hospital. We mainly provide a clinical participative training (clinical clerkship) in the hospital as a clinical dental education system for 5th and 6th grade dental students to get clinical skills that are necessary for dentists before graduation. We research into a basic dental science, a clinical dental science, a dental epidemiology and a dental education system. Dental practice administration was added our research field since April, 2019.

Comprehensive Dentistry

We offer classes for students and dental interns, conduct clinical studies as a leading department, and carry out research on dental medicine education. We also manage the clinical training center.

Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry

In the education field, we are teaching Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics. In the research field, we are focusing on the development of Regenerative Therapy, Biomaterials, and new Devices for diagnosis and treatments. In the clinic, our specialty is the Microscope-Enhanced Dentistry including Micro-Endodontics.

Periodontology

We conduct research from various perspectives to identify the underlying causes of periodontal diseases, develop new preventive and treatment methods, and clarify how periodontal diseases affect the whole body.

Occlusion and Maxillofacial Reconstruction

With a focus on future dentists, we taught lectures on removable partial and complete denture, maxillofacial prosthesis, etc. We treat patients with removable dentures, maxillofacial prosthesis, TMD, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Oral Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

The field of “oral reconstruction and rehabilitation,” how we refer to the field of conventional prosthodontics, is a new field of study in dental medicine. In this field, we aim to shift the conventional treatment with dentures to a more patient-focused treatment with implants, reconstruction, and other innovative techniques.

Biomaterials

We develop and improve dental biomaterials and handling methods to make dental restoration more precise and durable. We also conduct research to develop and apply dental materials, instruments, and technology.

Anatomy

We conduct joint research on the anatomy of the head and neck with graduate students from clinical studies, and researchers from other universities, research institutions, educational institutions, and hospitals.

Physiology

Our research investigates the “thirst mechanism" and the pathogenesis of orofacial pain. We are also actively engaged in joint research in other fields.

Molecular Signaling and Biochemistry

We perform basic research focused on molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways underlying bone, muscle and stem cell biology. Our studies are aimed at identifying novel therapeutic targets for musculoskeletal diseases.

Oral Pathology

This branch of basic dental medicine aims to clarify the nature of a range of diseases that occur in the oral, jaw, and facial regions. It serves as a bridge between basic dental medicine and the clinical practice of dentistry.

Infections and Molecular Biology

We look at the relationship between humans and microbes from the perspective of infectious diseases. Based on this perspective, we provide education to develop highly capable dental professionals and conduct research activities to support their education. We conduct molecular-level research on the influence of microbes on the entire body, in addition to research on diseases of the mouth. We use these research findings in education.

Applied Pharmacology

We investigate activities inside the human body and mechanisms that are influenced by these activities by examining molecules in detail. We focus on research that can support the development of new drugs and more appropriate use of medications.

Clinical Epidemiology

Our educational themes are evidence-based dentistry and clinical epidemiology. We aim to enhance the quality of dental care and improve oral health by solving the questions of clinicians and patients through practice-based research.

Community Oral Health Development

We conduct research from the perspective of epidemiological and experimental medicine to clarify pathological conditions of oral diseases and clinical presentations that have increased due to the aging population and changes in oral disease.

General Internal Medicine

Internal disease is one of the few fields of medicine that are taught at this university. In our research, we primarily analyze the relationship between dentistry and internal diseases and factors that predict mortality of elderly persons based on epidemiological studies of local residents.

Developmental Stomatognathic Function Science

We devote our days to increasing awareness and knowledge on CBT and OSCE, as well as the national examination, to incorporate the latest medical treatment, contribute to regional medical care, develop better research findings, and win funding from external sources that is often competitive. We engage in these activities by placing importance on the university’s mission statement to train dental care practitioners who possess a high level of professionalism and expertise, to fulfill a key role in community health care, and to promote research that supports dental medicine.

Orofacial Functions and Orthodontics

We emphasize comprehensive treatment, research, and education and that are not limited only to dental corrections and treatments and provide high-quality consistent dental care services to residents in the region. We mainly research the following research topics.
・Pain due to orthodontic treatment
・Remodeling of periodontal tissue during orthodontic tooth movement
・Neuropeptide and bone remodeling
・Genes responsible for congenital diseases with malocclusion and their functions.
・The Factors related to long-term stability of jaw deformity

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

In our research, we develop new imaging procedures and try to identify characteristic appearances of diseases, to improve accuracy in diagnosing diseases of the oral, jaw, and facial regions. We are also deeply committed to educating our students on the fundamentals of radiology.

Clinical Diagnostic Pathology

We specialize in pathological tissue and cytological diagnosis and help the university hospital with examinations and treatment.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This department primarily performs surgical treatment of congenital and acquired disorders that manifest in the mouth, jaw, face, and adjacent tissue.

Oral Medicine

This department was established to prepare for aging population. As the population ages, the number of patients with oral diseases and systematic diseases has increased. We aim to train dentists who can treat the oral problems of such patients.

Dental Anesthesiology

Our research includes the establishment of respiratory monitoring methods for intravenous drug sedation and whole-body monitoring methods for elderly patients with other diseases or health problems, building regional dental care systems for persons with disabilities, and treatment of intractable pain of the oral region.

Special Needs and Geriatric Dentistry

We conduct research, clinical practice, and education with a focus on the treatment of dental and oral diseases that are common in elderly patients, multi-drug recipients, and persons with disabilities including children, the treatment of dysesthesia and diseases relating to the saliva and oral mucosa that supports the oral environment, and rehabilitation aimed at maintaining and improving the oral and eating functions.

Surgery

We are involved in the broad field of general surgery in clinical practice, with a focus on surgery of digestive organs. We also provide preoperative and postoperative support to patients who receive surgery at our university hospital.

Unit of Education on Health Promotion

The health promotion unit provides the education of dental preventive treatment, dental care assistance, and dental health guidance, which contributes to a broad range of oral health promotion activities for all generations.This unit is composed of dentists and dental hygienists, who can bring up dental hygiene students with advanced clinical skills.

Unit of Interdisciplinary Education

Because rapid aging and very low birthrate, the community-based integrated care systems, in which patients, housebound or facility senior residents and community residents are centered in the medical and welfare care service, is now under construction. This unit fosters competent dental hygienists working together with many other professions in the community-based integrated care systems.

Section of Primary Dental Education

In our section, courses are offered to learn liberal arts, basic science, English, health science, information processing, and social dentistry. The courses help our students lay a necessary foundation for learning dentistry and oral health sciences. We give priority to allowing them to learn to find and solve problems by themselves through active leaning experiences. We also strive to broaden their perspectives and develop their sense of ethics.

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