Oral Biology

General Information
The purpose of the Oral Biology course is to provide the participants a general overview of scientific research related to dentistry, with emphasis on oral biological aspects. After the course the participants understand where and when relevant biological techniques can be used in order to answer a research question, and know the limitations of the various biological techniques. At the end of the course the participants will have a good overview of oral biology in general and the research in ACTA related to this area so that they are able to connect the clinical problems studied in the departments of ACTA with relevant biological principles.

During the first four days several departments of ACTA will give a presentation on how they solve their clinical or research problems. Then, the participants are split up in groups and each group will receive an assignment on a relevant clinical problem. The groups have to solve these problems and give a presentation on their findings on the last day of the course.

The course will be held once a year for eight days in March to May. The last day of the course will be used for the presentations of the participants.

Language of Instruction


The course is compulsory for all PhD students with a dental or medical-biological background in ACTA. Exemption can only be granted to students after they have contacted the research coordinator, Martijn van Steenbergen.

Schedule for the Oral Biology Course 2019

Application deadline and subscription
To be announced


Subjects that will be discussed during the course:

  • Introduction Endodontology
  • Oral Microbiology
  • Research methods (histology, microscopy etc.)
  • Introduction Oral Kinesiology
  • Inflammation, Mechanical Overload
  • Biomechanics
  • Introduction Implantology
  • Saliva, tooth erosion
  • Oral pathology, oral cancer
  • Virology
  • Embryology (craniofacial deformities)
  • Growth (bone, cartilage, teeth)
  • Introduction Periodontology
  • Bone biology (resorption, regeneration, osseointegration)
  • Immunology (host response, inflammation)

8 weeks on Thursdays 
Contact hours per week 4*8 hours + 1*4 hours + 1*2,5 hours exam + 2 hours feedback 
Self-study per week2.5 hours
CoordinatorDr. J.H. Koolstra