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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.

Graduate School

Basic Dentistry

  • Anatomy
  • Oral Ultrastructural Science
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Dental Material Science
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Social Dentistry

Clinical Dentistry

  • Endodontics and Clinical Cariology
  • Periodontology
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dental Anesthesiology
  • Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics
  • Removable Prosthodontics and Gerodontology
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral Medicine
  • Clinical Oral Health Science
  • Sports Dentistry
  • Clinical Pathophysiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology