Four of the world’s premier dental schools form historic alliance

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Four prestigious dental schools around the world including one in Australia are joining forces to advance and transform research, education, and practice in dentistry and the oral and craniofacial health sciences.

The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry; King’s College London’s Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences; National University of Singapore Faculty of Dentistry; and the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Dental School, are partnering to advance and transform research, education, and practice in dentistry and the oral and craniofacial health sciences.

The initial five-year agreement, known as DentAlliance, provides the structure for creation of a partnership between the four schools and builds upon collaborations and exchanges already established.

The DentAlliance partners will collaborate globally to improve education and curriculum development, to pursue new and transformative research and discovery initiatives, and to enhance professional practice in dentistry and the oral and craniofacial health sciences.

“This partnership allows us to really re-imagine how we can teach dental and oral health students and professional clinicians in a global way,” said University of Melbourne Professor Alastair Sloan, head of the Melbourne Dental School.

“Collaboration is the best way to advance our understanding through research; it also supports students with the opportunity to be taught by recognised world-leading experts in their field. Each school can learn from each other to tackle the education and research challenges that lie ahead with a shared approach and shared outcomes.”

“The DentAlliance means global knowledge can be collated and disseminated as this collaboration brings exciting research and teaching initiatives to light,” added University of Melbourne Professor Michael Wesley, deputy vice-chancellor (international).

“We know that complex oral health problems need insights from a combination of perspectives.”

In celebration of the launch, a virtual event featuring all partners took place recently.

This article was sourced from the University of Melbourne Newsroom.

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