Professor of Paediatric Dentistry. Faculty of Dentistry : National University Health System. University of Singapore
Licensure and Registration
Appointments and Experience
Head of Department of Paediatric Dentistry
My role as HOD of Paediatric dentistry since 2002 has been one of huge upheaval. When I took over in 2002 the department was relatively small, one of the smallest departments within the faculty; there were two consultants and two academic members of staff. In the last 10 years, I have managed to grow my team into not only one of the largest departments in the faculty but also one of the largest and most highly regarded Paediatric Dentistry Departments in the world. My team now consists of seven Consultants, two Professors, three Associate Professors/Readers, two lecturers and several Speciality registrars and part-time teachers who come and teach both in the UG and the PG programme. The increase in numbers have come despite the University restructuring and reducing staff numbers across the board through the financial crisis that hit every developed country over the last 7-8 years. I managed to increase staff numbers through innovative funding strategies, more notably through the National Institute of Heath Research funding, increasing number of overseas postgraduate students, and tapping into resources of other dental organisations out with the faculty, such as Salaried Dental Services.
One of my key successes has been the ability to recruit academics into Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds. I had realised that there was a general dearth of academics in Dentistry around the world. In order to deal with this I mentored several of my promising young students and enthused them to undertaking research. This resulted in several of my young clinical staff undertaking and achieving PhD’s. On completion of their PhD’s I also managed to secure funding to appoint them to academic positions in the department and three of these staff members are now Associate Professors and one a Lecturer. I feel that one of my key strengths is my role as a mentor which has allowed me to develop young researchers through them make paediatric dentistry as one of the most acclaimed clinical, and research units in the world in paediatric dentistry. My department is now the largest academic Paediatric Dentistry unit in dentistry in the country.
Postgraduate Programme in Paediatric Dentistry
The postgraduate programme in Paediatric dentistry in Leeds is now regarded as one of the premier programmes in the world. Under my leadership and with the hard work of my team, we have made a transition from a Masters programme into a Professional Doctorate in Clinical paediatric Dentistry, and aligned the programme with the requirements of the Royal Colleges for speciality accreditation. We receive in excess of 120 applications per years from all over the world for a total of 6-8 places. Students who have qualified from our programme now number in excess of 130, and many hold senior positions both as clinicians and as senior academics all over the world. Several of my ex-postgraduates have achieved Chair appointments.
Establishment of the Leeds International Centre for Cariogenicity research (LICCR).
I founded the Leeds International Centre for Cariogenicity Research (LICCR) in 1998 to bring together all the existing expertise related to research on foods and their implications for oral health. comprises a dedicated full-time Research Coordinator, and research staff who are fully trained to carry out studies to comply with ICH-GCP regulations. LICCR has undertaken several studies in recent years that fully comply with these regulatory procedures. There is a long-standing history of collaboration with industry on the study and development of products that are safer for teeth.
Facilities are available to carry out in vivo plaque pH studies and also remineralisation/demineralisation with the use of in situ modelling combined with techniques for quantitative assessment of tooth enamel using both Transverse Microradiography (TMR) and microhardness testing. The Group carried out studies on both caries and erosion.
Since 2012 this centre has given way to the establishment of a new entity in Leeds Dental institute called the Dental Clinical Translational Research Unit. This has been funded through the Welcome Trust and all clinical translation research in LDI is now conducted within this important facility
Appointment as Divisional Head and Senior Management Team
In 2015 the school of dentistry was restructured into three Divisions, and I was appointed to lead one of them, the Division of Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Dental Public Health. I also serve on the Senior Management Team of the school which in effect is the team in charge of all administrative decision making within the school.
Membership of Committees and Honorary Offices Held
Supervision of Postgraduate Students Research
Since 1988 I have supervised in excess of 60 Research projects at Masters level (Masters in Paediatric Dentistry). In 2008 we converted the masters programme into a Professional Doctorate in Clinical paediatric Dentistry and since then I have supervised research for a further 8 students.
|2012 – 2015||Alaa Bani Hani (Jordan)
Quality of life following Restorative care in children
|2011 – 2015||Fatma Alzahrani (Saudi Arabia)
Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing Articaine and Lignocaine In children
|2009 – 2014||Mr Wageh Twati (Libya)
Studies on MTA, and Revasularisation
|Awarded 2014 and awarded “University of Leeds Excellence in Research” award.|
|2009 – 2014||Chrissi Tatsi (Greece)
Randomised controlled trial On fluoride releasing devices In Ortho patients
|2009 – 2013||Mr Richard Balmer (UK)
Epidemiology of Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation
|2008 – 2012||Mrs Fowzia Ali (Libya)
Studies on Erosion
|Yet to be resubmitted with corrections|
|2006 – 2010||Miss Marina Malinowski (UK)
Studies on Fluoridated Milk
|2005 – 2008||Mr Ahmed Abdullah (Syria)
Studies on Erosion and Sensitivity
|2005-2008||Mr Peter Day (UK)
A Multi-Centre randomised Clinical Trial on Dental Trauma, using a Web-Based System
|2004-2007||Mr Hani Abu-Diak (Jordan)
Slow Fluoride Devices and oral Biolfilms
|2004-2007||Mr Fahd Al-Dobian (Saudi Arabia)
Ultrastructure of Teeth with Molar Incisor Hypomieralisation
|Suspended due to personal circumstances|
|2003-2006||Mrs Gaytri Malik-Kotru (UK)
Slow F Releasing Glass Devices- Studies on dentin demin and sensitivity
|2001-2005||Mr Ahmed Issa (Jordan))
The effect of intrinsic and extrinsic sugars on enamel demineralisation.
|2000-2004||Miss Ruwaida Tootla (UK)
Studies on asthma and dental health