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Melanie Carew, Oral Health CRC, T: +61 3 9341 1553, M: 0411 286 081
Ingrid Sanders, University of Melbourne T: +61 3 8344 3845 M: 0408 112 728

The new $31.6 million Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) – to be opened today at the University of Melbourne – will help address the nation’s dental health issues.

The new $31.6 million Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) – to be opened today at the University of Melbourne – will help address the nation’s dental health issues.

Oral diseases and disorders cost Australians $6.7 billion per annum, with one in three adults having untreated dental decay, and one in four with moderate or severe cases of gum disease.

The Oral Health CRC, to be opened by Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Kim Carr, will include major research projects for the development of a vaccine for the gum disease periodontitis and incorporating Recaldent™ technology into products to help prevent tooth decay.

CEO of the Oral Health CRC Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO said Australians needed to take oral health more seriously.

“The centre allows us to shine the spotlight on oral health. Research here will focus on prevention and early diagnosis of oral diseases and improved management plans for those already affected,” he said.

“The funding and support provided to the CRC by government, means we can focus on innovative approaches to preventing and treating oral diseases.”

The Oral Health CRC combines Australia’s foremost oral health researchers with manufacturers and global marketing to make Australia a global leader in oral health.

Major collaborators in the Oral Health CRC include the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, Monash University, CSL Limited, Colgate Palmolive Pty Ltd, GC Australasia Dental Pty Ltd, Cadbury Enterprises Pty Ltd (a division of Kraft Foods) and Murray Goulburn Cooperative Limited.

Media Opportunities:
•    Photo opportunity 9.30 – 9.40am Wednesday 7 September at Melbourne Dental School, 720 Swanston St, Carlton, with Minister Kim Carr (Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research), The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge (Chairman, Oral Health CRC) and Laureate Prof Eric Reynolds AO (CEO, Oral Health CRC).
•    Interviews available with Laureate Prof Eric Reynolds AO, CEO of the Oral Health CRC