Amutha A/P Shanmugam
(Formerly known as Oral Biology and Biomedical Sciences)
Dr Adyani Azizah Abd Halim
(Head of Department)
The Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences was initially set up in July 1994 as the Department of Oral Biology with Professor Dr Zubaidah Hj Abdul Rahim as the first Head of Department. The main role of this Department is to provide basic science teaching to dental undergraduates and bridge knowledge between basic medical and dental sciences.
Oral biology is a multi-discipline field that includes oral anatomy and histology, oral physiology, oral biochemistry and oral microbiology. Sound knowledge in these subjects enables bridging of basic sciences in dental scenarios and applications. In the current integrated curriculum approach, the Department lead and coordinate the teaching of basic medical sciences to the Year 1 students that also involves the Physiology, Anatomy and Molecular Medicine departments from the Faculty of Medicine. The Department also offers postgraduate programme by research leading to PhD or a Master in Dental Science (MDSc). The Department supports the Faculty by providing teaching and training in research that includes proposal writing, grant application, research methodologies and supervision of research projects. Mission To support the Faculty by providing a high standard of basic science teaching and research in order to prepare graduates towards a holistic approach in clinical problem solving related to the needs of the dental profession. Vision To produce graduates who are competent to apply knowledge and able to relate their understanding of the structures, functions, chemical composition, development, metabolic pathway of the oral tissues and environment of the oral cavity to the study and practice of dentistry.
Amutha A/P Shanmugam
Sulaiman Bin Mustafa
Academic Staff (Teaching):
Professor Dr Wan Himratul Aznita Wan Harun
Dr Adyani Azizah Abd Halim
Dr Syarifah Nur Syed Abdul Rahman
Academic Staff (Research):
Professor Dr Fathilah Abdul Razak
Professor Dr Marina Mohd. Bakri
Dr Sharifah Nabilah Syed Mohd Hamdan
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This newly formed deparment is the result of the amalgamation of two former departments and one division. They were the Department of Conservative Dentistry, the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and the Periodontology division of the former Department of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Peridontology. As a result, this academic department oversees the specialty related to conservative dentistry, prosthetic dentistry and periodontology, collectively known as Restorative Dentistry. Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry pertaining to the restoration and maintenance of oral functions, comfort, appearance and health of the patient by restoration of teeth (by fiillings, root canal treatment and/or crown) and/or replacement of the missing structures with removable or fix prostheses and the use of dental implants.
Conservative dentistry encompasses the disciplines of operative dentistry, endodontics and fixed prosthodontics while prosthetic dentistry encompasses mainly removable prosthodontics. Periodontology completes the picture by focusing on the structures that support the dentition. It is the aim of this department to ensure that students gain the appropriate knowledge, attitudes, communication skills and understanding of scientific and clinical principles to enable them provide comprehensive oral rehabilitation in an integrated clinical, academic and research environment.
This department is responsible for the teaching of Dental Materials and Dental Technology throughout the Year 2 of the Bachelor of Dentistry programme. We practise research-led learning where we incorporate the latest findings and perspectives related to restorative dentistry. Learning is facilitated through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, clinical case studies, problem-based learning and conducting research. Additionally, there are opportunities to develop practical skills and abilities in creative and critical enquiry. Research techniques, practices and principles represent fundamental components of the training programme. Continuing dental education programmes organized by the department as well as other specialties compliments the already integrated programme.
We are committed to attract staff and students of talent, ensure high quality of all our programmes and produce graduates and postgraduates who meet the present and future global health-care needs.
Department of Oral & Craniofacial Sciences,
Last Update: 06/04/2023