The Institute's relocation to UCL's Bloomsbury campus forms part of one of the world's greatest investments in education, research and clinical care in oral health in the past two decades.
The UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital relocated to Huntley Street in 2019. It has become part of the largest hospital in Europe specialising in complex oral health care and advanced ear, nose and throat treatments.
The move to our state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Bloomsbury, ensures our students, researchers and academics continue to have exceptional access to patients and opportunities for education and research.
Clinical research and teaching
Clinical research and teaching functions have relocated to the Rockefeller Building, just around the corner from the new Eastman Dental Hospital. This places us at the heart of the UCL campus, next door to University College Hospital and the Macmillan Cancer Centre, hence facilitating collaborative working across teaching, research and patient care.
Our new, state-of-the-art facilities include:
- Dedicated skills classrooms for the production of patient devices such as fixed and removable prosthetic devices;
- Laboratories with over 85 clinical skills stations with dental manikins allowing trainees to practically and safely refine skills; These spaces will enable postgraduates and CPD students to work in conditions that mimic real-life practice;
- Over a dozen dental microscopes to aid identification of anatomical imperfections and the quick detection of enamel and dentine fractures.
The new Eastman Clinical Investigation Centre (ECIC)
The Eastman Clinical Investigation Centre (ECIC) is a clinical research facility fully dedicated to clinical and translational research in the field of oral and dental diseases, with a unique track record of research grants to deliver commercial and investigator-led clinical studies.
Over the last 15 years ECIC studies have attracted more than £6M in research awards and recruited more than 3000 participants.
The ECIC has also relocated to the Rockefeller Building and will benefit from new facilities including:
- Eight fully equipped clinical rooms with disabled access;
- A Biobank with -20°C and -80°C freezers within a dedicated laboratory for the processing and storing of clinical samples;
- Temperature controlled storage for Investigational Medicinal Products (IMP’s);
- State-of-the-art digital dental imaging equipment including a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Scanner and Ultra-sound scanner;
- A reception and patient-waiting area.
The new facilities allow us to continue to support and facilitate clinical trials, novel diagnostics, medical procedures and therapeutic studies with the aim of improving the present and future care of patients.
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering / Microbial Diseases
The research departments of Microbial Diseases and Biomaterial & Tissue Engineering have relocated to the UCL Royal Free Campus at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. There are new laboratories for all activities as well as a new imaging facility.
This will allow our staff and students to forge new collaborations and enhance existing ones with academics from allied disciplines (UCL Divisions of Medicine, Surgery & Interventional Sciences and Infection & Immunity) as well as to develop new advanced research projects associated directly or indirectly to oral health and disease.
Specifically, the new facilities include:
- Two large microbiology laboratories;
- A new state-of-the-art shared imaging facility;
- A new biomaterials synthesis laboratory;
- New tissue culture facilities;
- A new single laboratory housing a wide range of materials characterisation facilities.
The increasing use of digital technology in clinical practice is enhancing patient care with predictable and accurate results.
Dental students expect digital workflows to become an integral part of their professional futures and our relocation has brought opportunities to embrace digital approaches to dentistry.
Our new facilities include a dedicated 3D workflow suite. This will ensure integration and optimisation of digital workflow expertise to enhance clinical training.
The digital workflow suite utilises the latest technology to augment treatment planning and facilitate the use of digital workflows in production of patient restorations, appliances and surgical guides.
The suite is complemented by computer-aided milling and printing devices in our clinical skills classrooms.
Postgraduate students from all disciplines including endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics will have the opportunity to be trained in using this cutting-edge technology.