Network for Canadian Oral Health Research


Oral health is an important part of overall health and well-being. While Canada ranks highly in oral health generally, it faces challenges in providing oral health services to the most vulnerable segments of the population, including seniors, low-income populations, children and Indigenous peoples. Oral health research contributes significantly to improving the oral health status of Canadians by supporting the development of innovative products and the services provided by dental professionals.

To promote research innovation and collaboration, the Government of Canada is supporting the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR). Established in 2012 with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, NCOHR is committed to making a difference in the oral health of all Canadians. The mission is to:

  • ensure that the Network and Canada are internationally recognized as leaders in oral health research
  • deliver exceptional training in oral health research, public health and care in the full spectrum of oral health care
  • bridge the translation gap between academic research and industry
  • translate research advances into tangible benefits for Canada

Today, NCOHR has more than 440 members across the country, including researchers, trainees, dental health professionals, and industry representatives.

The NCOHR received an additional $850,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support its activities. It is also supported with funding from the following organizations:

  • Canadian Dental Association
  • Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry
  • Canadian Association of Dental Research
  • Network for Oral Health and Bone Research
  • MEDTEQ – a Quebec consortium for Industrial Research and Innovation in Medical Technology
  • All ten Canadian Faculties of Dentistry
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