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Race to the surface: modelling bacterial and human cell growth on dental implant surfaces

Mountcastle, Sophie E (2019) Race to the surface: modelling bacterial and human cell growth on dental implant surfaces. In: University of Birmingham Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2019, 13th June 2019, University of Birmingham 2019. (Unpublished)

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Two barriers to successful dental implant surgery are (1) the possibility of infection and (2) poor compatibility with native human cells. The mouth is colonised by millions of bacteria, living in communities called biofilms. Human cells in the mouth are in competition with these bacteria to occupy the implant surface. Infection can result in the need for implant removal, which is both costly and very painful. New materials for implants are continuously being developed, but are not making it into clinics. Testing innovative materials is challenging due to the highly complex oral environment. We are combining models of oral tissue with bacterial biofilms, to better understand how we can help human cells win the 'race to the surface'.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
Department:School of Chemistry
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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences winner. Supervisors: Sarah Kuehne, Richard Shelton, Sophie Cox, Sara Jabbari

Date:19 June 2019
Series/Collection Name:Prizewinners from the Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2019
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
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Copyright Status:This poster is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this poster must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged.
Copyright Holders:The Author
ID Code:3239

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