Prof Alison QualtroughBChD, MSc, PhD, FDS, MRD (RCS Ed)


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Research interests

I work in a School which came top in the 2014 research assessment exercise. My research interests are wide ranging and I have collaborations with a number of individuals, within the School, the University and internationally. Examples include joint research with Professor David Watts (Biomaterials), Professor Keith Horner (Dental Imaging), Porfessor Anne Marie Glenny (Cochrane reviews), Dr Riina Richardson (Microbiology). Previous colaborators include Dr David Drucker (Microbiology) in the dental school. Professor Jonathon Cooper and Dr Alex Fok (Engineering) within the University and Professor Brian Monteith, Professor Nick Chandler and Dr David Purton (New Zealand), Professor Fons Plasschaert (Nijmegen) and Professor Claes Reit (Goteborg) as international collaborators.

My research interests tend to focus around endodontics and restoration of the root filled tooth and include finite element analysis and optimisation technology, tooth coloured posts, lasers in endodontics, dental imaging in endodontics, microbiological aspects, success rates, aspects of root treatment in practice. Other interests include disseminated learning in postgraduate dental education and ceramics in restorative dentistry.

My PhD students have made a significant contribution to their field and have reaped the benefits of their time in Manchester. Four have presented at the International Association for Dental Research meetings. Five have gone on to lead their own departments. One student won the dental school research prize for her work on the effects of re-treating root filled teeth, another was nominated for the 2011 Scopus Young Researcher Award following graduation, another had 10 papers published.

Recent and current Ph.D Projects

  • Aspects of lasers in endodontics.
  • Aspects of the restoration of root filled teeth.
  • Computerised microtomography in endodontic research.
  • Dental operating microscopes in endodontics.
  • Uses of cone beam compurised tomography in endodontics
  • Applications of mineral trioxide aggregate
  • Investigation of voids in re-root filled teeth
  • Use of antimicrobial materials in endodontically treated teeth


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display