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Dr Maria Davies

Dr Maria Davies

Dr Maria Davies
B.Sc.(E.Ang.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Clinical Research Manager

Area of research

Inhibition and biology of tooth wear and dentine hypersensitivity

Office WB-3-005
Lower Maudlin Street,
Bristol, BS1 2LY
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+44 (0) 117 34 29638
+44 (0) 117 34 29503


I am a member of the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) in Bristol Dental School, based in Bristol Dental Hospital.  The CTU carries out both lab based hard tissue research as well as running clinical trials to determine the efficacy of dental treatments that aim to reduce dentine hypersensitivity and/or erosion. In addition we have collaborations with other groups to look at the links between periodontal disease and other diseases, currently atheroschlerosis and Alzheimer's disease.  The CTU is also involved in studies to examine the prevention of plaque and gingivitis, the treatment of diseases of the periodontium, and soft and hard tissue regeneration in periodontology and implantology. I am involved in both lab based research as well as protocol development, trial preparation, and co-ordinating clinical trials while they are running. In addition I supervise post-graduate students when they come to write up the studies carried out in the Unit.


I came to the Dental Hospital in 1991 a year after gaining my degree in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia.  I started out as a research technician in what was then, the Department of Child Dental Health and, following a move to Oral Medicine completed my PhD in 1998.  Since the introduction of the Human Tissue Act 2004 I have managed the human tissues used for research within the Dental School and am the Designated Individual on our licence.  I am also a point of contact for staff and students completing ethics applications, providing advice and guidance. In 2010 I moved into the field of hard tissue biology and become a member of the Clinical Trials Unit. 


  • Dentine Hypersensitivity tooth wear soft and hard tissue regeneration and implantology

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