Oral Health Science Center
The Oral Health Science Center is a research facility founded in 1996 as part of a national project by the Ministry of Education (now the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, known as MEXT) to establish high-tech research centers in various parts of Japan.
The Center is equipped with all of the research apparatus and facilities needed to conduct cutting-edge research, including a DNA sequencing system, a micro-X-ray CT, a eutectic-point laser microscope and a jaw-movement analyzer. Using these resources to advance research projects through an international, inter-disciplinary network of researchers in a wide variety of fields, the Center aims to deploy research results quickly in the clinical environments where they are needed.
In 1999, the Center founded a facility to continue detailed investigation in this area: the Brain Science Research Facility. Using a 306-channel Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner, a cutting-edge device of which few are in use anywhere in the world, the Laboratory of Brain Research has launched a project to pinpoint the central regulation mechanism for oral and maxillofacial functions.
The Center has been working on 8 projects shown on the right, focusing on oral anti-aging with the aim of increasing longevity.
- Project 1 (1996-2001)
Elucidation of the mechanisms of biomedical regulation by oral function
- Project 2 (1996-2001)
Development of high quality materials for functional reconstruction of oral and maxillofacial tissue
- Project 3 (1999-2004)
Central regulation of oral and maxillofacial function
- Project 4 (2000-2005)
Research of tissue engineered corneal transplantation
- Project 5 (2001-2006)
Salivary research program for biofunctional regulation
- Project 6 (2004-2009)
Neuromagnetic response of oral and maxillofacial sensation
- Project 7 (2006-2011)
Research on oral anti-aging medicine for biofunctional regulation
- Project 8 (2010-2013)
Elucidation of basis in specific oral function; from epithelial function to regulation of oral disease
Tokyo Dental College Graduate School provides a four-year PhD course. Its goal is to cultivate able leaders in dental research.
The Graduate Program spans 10 departments and one lab for basic dentistry, and 10 departments and 2 labs for clinical dentistry. Currently, 163 students are enrolled in this program. Students are required to complete all courses within four years, completing a certain number of units per year. Upon approval of their doctoral thesis and success in a final exam, graduates of this course are conferred a doctorate in dentistry.
- Oral Ultrastructural Science
- Dental Material Science
- Epidemiology and Public Health
- Forensic Odontology
- Social Dentistry
- Endodontics and Clinical Cariology
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Dental Anesthesiology
- Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics
- Removable Prosthodontics and Gerodontology
- Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
- Oral Medicine
- Clinical Oral Health Science
- Sports Dentistry
- Clinical Pathophysiology
- Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology