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School of Dentistry
SA 5005

Telephone: +61 8 8313 3436
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 6429

Centre for Orofacial Research and Learning

The Centre for Orofacial Research and Learning (CORAL) is a multidisciplinary centre bringing together the University of Adelaide’s nationally recognized research leaders, basic scientists, clinicians and translational researchers in oral health and disease.

Research Areas

CORAL has four priority areas of research activity which represent clear national leadership, and are internationally recognised. These include:

CORAL is in the process of developing a fifth area around an existing nucleus of research strength in dental materials where there is the opportunity for development of new dental technologies and substantial commercial earnings from licensing.

Research Objectives

CORAL’s research programs will lead to:

  • significant developments in techniques for treating oral disease, including the ability to regrow periodontal tissue in situ;
  • new insights into links between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as pre-term low birth weight, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, Type I diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis, enabling early diagnosis and treatment;
  • significant advances in understanding alimentary mucositis;
  • improved understanding of the molecular and signalling pathways associated with mucosal injury processes;
  • development of effective new anti-mucotoxic agents for chemotherapy and radio-therapy oncology treatment regimes;
  • significant advances in the understanding of the genetics and epigenetics of dental development and oral disease;
  • development of effective new treatments for tooth attrition, abrasion, corrosion and erosion;
  • ongoing improvements in the education and training of dental and oral health practitioners; and
  • development of new materials for restorative dentistry.


Professor Richard Logan, School of Dentistry, has just taken up a 2 year term as President of the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO), and Professor Dorothy Keefe PSM, School of Medicine, is reprising her role as President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). Last month the two, who co-head the Mucositis Research Group in the CRE in Oral Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, found themselves in Berlin as the two society Presidents for the Annual MASCC/ISOO International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer. The picture shows them exchanging the updated MOU between the two societies, which have been working together for more than a decade. Richard and Dorothy have also worked together to successfully bid for the MASCC/ISOO meeting to come to Adelaide in 2016.