We are connected to cutting edge research into Oral Cancer, and Dental and Facial Injury.
Around 8,300 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK. But with by spotting mouth cancer early, a complete cure is often possible in up to 9 in 10 cases using surgery alone.
It is thought that that there are common mechanisms in the development of oral cancer, and cancer of the skin, oesophagus, cervix, lung and bladder. Professor Paul Coulthard, together with three colleagues, obtained £2.6M from Barts Charity in 2021 to set up the ‘Barts Centre for Squamous Cancer’ as a unique centre of excellence undertaking research into these cancers and especially oral cancer.
Three outstanding senior researchers have been appointed, and a tissue bank, laboratory support and bioinformatics core support have been established.
An individual has generously donated funds to support two PhD students for three years.
Dental and Facial Injury
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. Dental professionals are likely to observe and identify injuries to the head, eyes, ears, neck, face, mouth and teeth as well as other welfare concerns and so are well placed to refer patients to the appropriate support agency.
Professor Paul Coulthard is currently leading research to facilitate a global change in the practice of health professionals and their teams regarding identification and referral of patients who present with physical injury or other signs that might indicate Domestic Violence and Abuse.