Each issue of the Dental Mirror brings us closer to the next century. As we approach the new millennium, the Faculty having established itself as a reputable undergraduate school must now strategise to improve its research activity. Fortunately the Faculty has made inroads in that direction. Staff are involved not only with research grants sponsored by the University but dental companies are gradually realising the potential of working with the Faculty. Collaboration either with other Faculties or other international institutions are not rare.
We are proud that our Faculty together with the Institute of Material Research and Engineering has registered a patent for the construction of a functionally graded fibre-reinforced resin endopost using braided fibre technology. Even students are drawn into the research culture with their participation in the student Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme. In this issue, we have highlighted the research activities in 1997 and this will be an annual feature.
1999 is an important year for the Faculty. From 24th to 26 September, let us all join in to celebrate our 70th anniversary. An exciting programme has been planned to bring the Alumni together not only to reminisce but to share in the fellowship that marks the strength of our profession.
In spite of the slowdown in the economy, I would like to extend my best wishes to you and trust that we will ride through this storm successfully.