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Spektroskopsko proučevanje razvoja dentina (Slovene)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
3.02.00  Medical sciences  Stomatology   

Code Science Field
3.01  Medical and Health Sciences  Basic medicine 
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (12)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  20208  PhD Zoran Arsov  Biotechnology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  133 
2.  21400  PhD Vladimira Erjavec  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2009  136 
3.  21546  PhD Tilen Koklič  Physics  Researcher  2009 - 2012  132 
4.  08224  PhD Igor Kopač  Stomatology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  151 
5.  30633  Sandra Kure    Technician  2009 - 2010  16 
6.  33075  Alma Mehle    Technician  2011 - 2012  11 
7.  32994  PhD Nina Mlakar Hrženjak  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2010 - 2012  33 
8.  07516  PhD Zlatko Pavlica  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2009  376 
9.  23177  PhD Alenka Pavlič  Stomatology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  180 
10.  07625  PhD Milan Petelin  Stomatology  Principal Researcher  2009 - 2012  242 
11.  25588  PhD Tanja Plavec  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2009 - 2012  129 
12.  18273  PhD Janez Štrancar  Physics  Researcher  2009 - 2012  359 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  85,611 
2.  0312  University Medical Centre Ljubljana  Ljubljana  5057272000  73,408 
3.  0406  University of Ljubljana, Veterinary Faculty  Ljubljana  1627139  9,758 
Significance for science
The data of this research project is significantly contributed to the knowledge on dentinal structure, evolution and adaptation in humans and different animal species. The hypothesis that proportion of arranged apatite crystals is in animal dentin greater than in humans is correct, the crystals orientation might have an important role in tooth root fractures. Crystal’s orientation could also have an important role in caries advancement. Therefore the data obtained could be used in future studies on caries and tooth injuries prevention and treatment. Our research is not aiming only at the development of highly specialized filed of dental caries treatment, but also at improving interdisciplinarity in medical sciences, especially in the field of structural studies in medicine and veterinary medicine. Non-destructive characterization at the supramolecular and tissue level is namely the basis of understanding processes in live organisms. At the same time, methods used are improved.
Significance for the country
The research project aimed at obtaining new knowledge regarding dentinal structure and its effect on the dental caries progression and dental injuries. The results of the study will be used to propose adequate measures to control dental caries and fractures of the tooth root. The results are implemented in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of dental medicine and medicine. Research on the dentinal structure is important to understand caries development, which is one of the dental diseases most often observed in humans with a great economic importance. New knowledge obtained from comparisons of dentinal structure in the course of the evolution, we would like to substantiate development of new methods in dental caries treatment and prophylaxis. Correlating dentinal structure of different animal species with their behavioural and alimentary habits, we could get understanding of the critical phases in tooth development and tooth sensitivity or resistance to caries development. Connecting medical, veterinary and natural sciences in this highly interdisciplinary research project, we reached new ways for understanding these highly complex systems and specifically, for detecting populations (human and animal) at high risks. New possibilities for detecting sensitive populations will enable significant hazard reduction for the disease, this reducing financial burden with the development of the science at the same time. Development of resonance and microscopic techniques can be directly implemented in medical diagnostic procedures in vivo and can be used in education of medical staff, indirectly improving quality of medical service. Including young researchers in the team was raised general educational level in medicine and improve knowledge exchange in the highly interdisciplinary environment. Popularisation of science could be reached by publishing the data on comparison of dentins from genetically highly diverse species – from genetically old animals (i.e. crocodile) to humans. Therefore the goal is not only to create a microscopic picture of the tissue structure and its effect on the macroscopic characteristics of the substance and live systems, but also to improve abstract thinking in young people. Since the researchers working on the project are mostly involved in educational process, new knowledge and skills obtained can be successfully used on high-school and undergraduate levels to promote innovative thinking and develop higher cognitive ability and abstract thinking, these having long-term effects on highly skilled specialists’ development attributing to raising quality of Slovenian medical system.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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