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.