Oral Health on the agenda

September 11 / 69

The  $31.6 million Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) which opened at the University this month will help address the nation’s dental health issues.

Oral diseases and disorders cost Australians $6.7 billion a year, with one in three adults having untreated dental decay, and one in four with moderate or severe cases of gum disease.

The Oral Health CRC, opened by Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Kim Carr, will focus on major research projects for the development of a vaccine for the gum disease periodontitis and incorporating Recaldent, which helps prevent tooth decay.

Head of the Melbourne Dental School and CEO of the Oral Health CRC Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds said Australians needed to take oral health more seriously.

“The centre allows us to shine the spotlight on oral health. Research here will focus on prevention and early diagnosis of oral diseases and improved management plans for those already affected,” he said.

“The funding and support provided to the CRC by government, means we can focus on innovative approaches to preventing and treating oral diseases.”

The Oral Health CRC combines Australia’s foremost oral health researchers with manufacturers and global marketing programs to make Australia a global leader in oral health.

Major collaborators in the Oral Health CRC include the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, Monash University, CSL Limited, Colgate Palmolive Pty Ltd, GC Australasia Dental Pty Ltd, Cadbury Enterprises Pty Ltd (a division of Kraft Foods) and Murray Goulburn Cooperative Limited.

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