The quality and vibrancy of the research carried out at the Faculty of Dentistry has been facilitated by the strong collaborations with leading national and international centres and institutions.

Multidisciplinary Research
There are active research collaborations with the Faculties of Engineering, Medicine, Science and School of Computing. In addition, the Faculty collaborates with the following institutes/centres:

  • Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE)
  • National University Medical Institutes (NUMI)
  • Kent Ridge Digital Labs

External Institutions and Bodies
Collaborations with local institutions have been a core strategy in our research push, These institutions are:

  • John Hopkins Singapore
  • National Dental Centre
  • National Technological University - Advanced Materials Research Centre
  • Kandang Kerbau Women's and Children's Hospital - Department of Plastic Surgery

Enhancing our global standing in research with international collaborations has been made possible with:


  • University of Washington at Seattle
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Iowa
  • Mayo Clinic


  • University of Manchester
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • University of Helsinki
  • CNRS - Medical Imaging Institute (TIMC) @ Grenoble

Dental research in the Faculty has received substantial support over the last two years from the dental industry through collaborations with:

  • Aichi Steel Co (Japan)
  • Shofu Inc. (Japan)
  • Dentsply (Konstanz)
  • 3M Dental (USA)
  • GC (Japan)

Existing collaborations

1. University of Iowa
Evaluation of Two Laser-Induced Caries-Protective Effects on Enamel: Purification of Hydroxyapatite Crystals and Organic Plugging in Enamel. (Collaborator: A/P S Hsu)

2. John Hopkins Singapore
Genetics and Epidemiologic Determinants of Non-syndromic
Oro-facial Clefting in Singaporean. (Collaborator: A/P K Foong)

3. National Centre for Scientific Research, Institute of Medical Imaging, Grenoble, France
The development of a 3D virtual orthognathic surgical simulator

This collaboration is part of a inter-disciplinary collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, NUS in the development of 3D Vision applications for orthodontics and assessment of craniofacial anomalies.
(Co-PI: A/P K Foong)

4. University of Helsinki, Finland
Cleft Palate Centre on the 3D quantitative assessment of early palatal shape change in complete unilateral cleft lip and palate infants.
(PI: A/P K Foong)

5. University of Washington
The computer-aided diagnostic system NUS TMDv1.1 (developed by Drs Adrian Yap, Keson Tan* of the Faculty of Dentistry, Joxan Jaffar, Roland Yap and Mr Jerry Hoe of the School of Computing) is the first computerized tool to adopt the RDC/TMD standard. This is an advanced system for TMD diagnosis and has been successfully integrated into both national TMD clinics in Singapore. A/P Adrian Yap and A/P Keson Tan are working with an international consortium for research in TMD. The main centre is at University of Washington, with collaboration from other centers in the US, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Israel and Australia.
Note: A/Prof Keson Tan was
appointed to the Steering Committee of the consortium.

6. University of Manchester
Multi-centred evaluation of a posterior composite, Shofu-universal composite and Fluorobond. (PI: Prof Chew CL)

Industry collaborations

1. 3M, USA
Clinical trial: "Monitoring and comparison of a new resin composite restorative in the restoration of posterior teeth" (PI: A/P J Neo).

2. Aichi Steel Co (Japan)
Clinical trial: "To evaluate iron-neodymium-boron magnetic attachments to retain overdentures in partial and complete dentures and implant supported
overdentures especially for the elderly and mentally disabled".
(PI: Dr H Thean)

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