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State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases

The State Key Laboratory of Oral Disease (SKLOD) has its origin in the Dental Re­search Department of West China Union University which was established in 1936. It was designated a national key laborato­ry in 2007 by MOST.

With a focus on mechanisms of major oral diseases and techniques for clinical prevention and treatment, SKLOD has a strong team of researchers working on multidisciplinary projects and can boast prominent research achievements. Ac­cording to statistics on international publi­cations in the field of stomatology, SKLOD was ranked the first in China for five con­secutive years, either in terms of article count, number of citations and number of highly-cited papers.

With goals of becoming a leading in­ternational laboratory, SKLOD is an active player in exchanges with domestic and in­ternational institutions. Its founding of the International Journal of Oral Science in 2009 is testament to SKLOD’s dedication to academic exchange. This English-lan­guage journal was included in the data­base of Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and PubMed (MEDLINE) in 2010, becoming China’s first SCI-listed journal in dental sciences.

In 2013, the laboratory founded another English-language journal, Bone Research , listed in SCI in 2014. Both journals have the highest impact factors in their relative disciplines in Asia. A designated national base for global collaboration, SKLOD is a bridge that links China with the world’s top dental research centres.