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Advancing Dental Research

We embrace the special responsibility to improve the oral health of the citizens of our state through a dynamic, evidence-based and inter-professional approach to wellness. It’s a big task: West Virginia leads the nation in childhood cavities, adult tooth loss and gum disease.

Our Research

WVU is one of only 115 higher education institutions in the U.S. to receive the Carnegie R1 designation for the level of scientific activity and graduate education on campus.

Our research department is investing significant resources to advance new clinical, basic and translational research capabilities to augment the teaching mission based on the School of Dentistry's five-year strategic plan.

Research has demonstrated the strong relationship between oral health and overall wellness. 

We’re taking steps to address the oral health problems by focusing on excellence in education, patient care, research, services, and cutting edge technology, improving not only oral health but promoting overall wellness. Our vision is to transform lives and eliminate health disparities for West Virginians starting with excellence in oral health.

Contact Us

Office of Dental Research

First Floor HSC Annex
PO Box 9448
Morgantown, WV 26506
304 293-2521
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Fotinos Panagakos
West Virginia University
Associate Dean of Research, Dental Research