The Institute of Oral Health Research is located in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Dentistry.

Former Dean of the School of Dentistry, Dr. Huw Thomas, (2004-2011) established the Institute of Oral Health Research (IOHR) with Dr. Mary MacDougall as Director.

The goals of IOHR are to:

1) Coordinate and promote the SOD multidisciplinary research activities;

2) Improve research productivity;

3) Improve infrastructure support services;

4) Determine priorities for strategic investments in programs; and

5) Develop benchmarks for schools, departments, and faculty.


The major Research themes include:

Dental Materials and Tissue Engineering,

Microbiology and Immunology,

Craniofacial Developmental Biology and Genetics,


Clinical Research and Public Health.


The purpose of the IOHR is to establish areas of expertise and excellence within the School of Dentistry and

to support the UAB mission of excellence in health care through Research Training and discovery.