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Dr Ronan Allen

Dr Ronan Allen

Dr. Allen received his Dental Degree from Dublin University in 2002 and went on to complete a 3 year Master’s programme in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at theUniversity of North Carolina in 2009. He currently owns a Private Practice limited to Periodontology and Implant Dentistry in Dublin. 

Dr Allen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, President of the Irish Society of Periodontology and also a member of the Irish Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology and Academy of Osseointegration.

Dr. Allen is committed to continuing education; he is a part-time clinical supervisor on the postgraduate course in Periodontology & Implantology at the Dublin Dental School. Annually he presents lectures and offers hands-on courses on both Periodontal and Implant therapy.

Dr Rupert Austin

Dr Rupert Austin

Rupert is a Clinical Lecturer and Hon. Consultant in Prosthodontics at King's College London Dental Institute where he is also Service Lead for Digital Dentistry.

He has implemented modern digital dentistry into undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at King's College London as well as working part time in multi-Specialist Private Practice. He actively researches projects into tooth wear and digital dentistry and regularly publishes research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

Prof Trevor Burke

Prof Trevor Burke

Trevor Burke graduated from Queens University in Belfast, and, following academic appointments in Belfast and Manchester, he worked in general dental practice in Manchester from 1974 to 1996, whilst also working in the Unit of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester. He has been Professor of Primary Dental Care at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry since 2000.

Trevor is (co)author of 330 papers in peer-reviewed journals  and three books. He has been awarded over 80 research grants.  His main research interests include properties and applications of tooth-colored restorative materials, and the translation of in vitroresearch on dental materials into the clinical situation. In this regard, he co-ordinates the work of the PREP (Product Research and Evaluation by Practitioners) Panel, established in 1993, a group of dentists who carry out research in their practices.  This group, which has now completed over 60 evaluations of materials and techniques, presently has 31 members. He is also the Editorial Director of Dental Update and an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Trevor’s time at the University is mainly spent being Director of the Masters course in Advanced General Dental Practice, this having been established 15 years ago as a campus-based course, and which is now a Distance course designed to suit the busy lives of dental practitioners anywhere in the world.

Dr Hal Duncan

Dr Hal Duncan

A University of Glasgow graduate, he initially worked in general dental practice, various dental schools as well as several specialist endodontic practices in Northern Ireland and England. He received postgraduate endodontic speciality training in Guy’s Hospital from 2002-2006, which included a collaborative research study with Dr Ram Nair (in the University of Zurich) on MTA pulp capping.

He has worked since 2008 at Trinity College Dublin as an Academic Consultant in Endodontics, while completing an external PhD in the University of Birmingham with Professor’s Cooper and Smith and Dr Garry Fleming in the area of epigenetics, pulpal regeneration and biomaterials in 2016. In 2013 and 2016 he received two (IADR and EMBO-sponsored) fellowships in New York University with Profs Nicola Partridge and Emi Shimizu on the role of epigenetic-modifying agents on pulpal mineralisation. He is currently the principal supervisor for several clinical and scientifically trained PhD students in basic translational pulp biology.

He has received several research grants as a principal investigator, has written ten book chapters and edited 2 textbooks including “Clinical approaches in endodontic regeneration - Current and emerging therapeutic perspectives” with Paul Cooper. In addition he has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed international journals and is an Associate Editor for the International Endodontic Journal. He is a committee member of the Irish Division of the IADR, the Chair of the European Society of Endodontology (ESE) Membership Committee and a member of the ESE Executive Board. He is a past president of the Irish Endodontic Society and holds an honorary senior lecturer position in the University of Birmingham.

Dr Ken Hemmings

Dr Ken Hemmings

Ken graduated with honours in Dental Surgery from Bristol University in 1982.  Junior hospitals posts followed at Bristol, Birmingham and Torquay before gaining a Registrar in Oral Surgery position at the Royal London Hospital.  He gained his London fellowship in 1986 before entering the specialty of Restorative Dentistry.  

The two year MSc programme in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital was followed by registrar and then Senior Registrar training at the Eastman in 1993. He was appointed as consultant in the departments of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology in August 1995.  He is recognised by the GDC as a specialist in Restorative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontology and Endodontics. He has examined for the Royal Colleges of England and Edinburgh, National University of Singapore and Peninsula University.

He is currently on the editorial board for Dental Update. He was president of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry 2014-15 and held the his Spring Scientific Meeting at the Saïd Business School, Oxford entitled “Teeth For A Lifetime- Slowing The Restorative Cycle”. 

He has over 50 publications including two books covering the management of tooth wear, hypodontia, and tooth replacement.  He now shares his time between hospital and private practice. 

His wife, Katie, and three children make for a busy home life despite the children leaving home. Regular swimming and cycling and the odd British Lion’s Tour keeps him active.

Dr Lorna McCaul

Dr Lorna McCaul

Lorna McCaul is a Consultant and Honorary Clinical Senior lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. She has delivered Specialist Restorative care in Dental Hospitals, District General Hospitals and Private Referral Practice settings in Scotland, the North of England and London. Her main interest is oral rehabilitation for Head and Neck Cancer patients. She has worked in Head and Neck Cancer MDTs at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Marsden, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Northwick Park Hospitals in London and in Crosshouse Hospital in Scotland. She instigated and led the development of the first oral rehabilitation Guideline for Head and Neck Cancer “Predicting and Managing Oral and Dental Complications of Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer” which has now been disseminated in the UK. 

Lorna is Honorary Secretary Head and Neck Cancer lead for RD-UK; the UK Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry. In the latter role she has worked with NHS England and Public Health England to improve Restorative Dentistry services for Head and Neck cancer patients. She has published widely and presented research both in the UK and abroad. She wrote the Restorative Dentistry chapters in the 5thand 6theditions of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry.She has extensive experience of teaching and training and has been an invited speaker at numerous symposia. She trains Restorative Specialty trainees in her role as an NHS Consultant. 

Dr Sophie Watkins

Dr Sophie Watkins

Sophie is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Guy’s Dental Hospital, where she has worked since 2004.

She qualified from Bristol University in 1990 and completed her Restorative Specialty training at the Eastman in 1999, having gained an MSc in Conservative Dentistry from there 2 years earlier.

She is NHS Service Lead for Restorative Dental Services and Clinical Lead for Hypodontia at GSTT, and HEE Training Programme Director for Prosthodontics in London and Specialty Training Committee chair for the restorative monospecialties. She teaches on the KCL Prosthodontics MClinDent programme at Guys as well as being training lead for restorative StR and DCT training at Guy’s.

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