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  • Professor Sašo Ivanovski

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2023 School of Dentistry Research Day. Our School has seen strong growth in our research program across our existing and emerging areas of research. Research Day gives us an opportunity to come together to reflect on our research success, share our findings with a wider audience, and foster feedback and collaboration. It is also an opportunity to recognise and reward outstanding research by our students via a series of awards. We are proud that our dental and oral health research continues to be of the highest quality and contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge both locally and internationally, helping to provide effective solutions to contemporary challenges in dentistry. I would like to express my warmest congratulations to the students and staff involved in this year’s Research Day, and trust that you will enjoy learning about the outstanding research being conducted at the School of Dentistry.

  • Professor Loc Do

We would like to warmly welcome you to the School of Dentistry Research Day 2023. This year’s theme ‘Dental research for better oral health’ encapsulates our vision and strategy to ensure our research has real world impact. By focusing our research agenda through our three main research units - Population Health at UQ (POHUQ), the Centre for Orofacial Regeneration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (COR3) and our Clinical Research Units – we are producing world class outcomes that are providing solutions to today’s global dental health challenges. We are fortunate to have two world-class keynote speakers at our Research Day, Professor James Ward, and Professor Nadine Foster. Their speeches will no doubt inspire research ideas and potential collaborations. Our staff and students will also present on a wide range of research topics showcasing the depth, breadth and quality of the research being conducted at the School. I would like to thank Dr Pingping Han, Dr Sobia Zafar, and Ms Myra Kraemer, Senior Administration Officer (Research), for their efforts in organising this event. We thank our industry sponsors for supporting this important event.

Key speakers

  • Professor James Ward

Professor Ward is a Pitjantjatjara and Nukunu man, and a national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. He is currently the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland. As such he leads a research program focused on urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and an infectious diseases research program and associated issues. His work has influenced policy and practice significantly contributing to national guidelines, policy and practice. During 2020 he has contributed to the national COVID—19 response nationally through membership of the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander COVID-19 Taskforce.

  • Professor Nadine Foster

Professor Foster is a physiotherapist and Director of the STARS Research and Education Alliance between the University of Queensland and Metro North Health in Queensland, Australia (STARS is the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service). Professor Foster has also recently been appointed Director of UQ Clinical Trials Unit. She leads the Research and Education portfolio including a team of conjoint appointments between the University and hospital, across the disciplines of physiotherapy, nursing, speech therapy and occupational therapy, interdisciplinary education and research management.


The School of Dentistry recognises the achievements of our research students through the following awards for best student presentations and publications from the last year.

Presentation Awards

Two awards will be made to students in the following categories.

  1. Best presentation
  2. Most innovative project

Publication Awards

Awards will be made to recognise the best student publications between 18 June 2022 to 31 May 2023, across the following categories.

  1. Clinical Research
  2. Dental Education and Public Health Research
  3. Regenerative Dentistry and Tissue Engineering Research

IADR ANZ/Colgate Student Awards

Awards will support students to attend the annual IADR Annual Scientific Meeting, 2023.

Staff Supervision Awards

Awards will be made to recognise outstanding research supervision by School of Dentistry staff.