Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs) and chronic orofacial pain
Quality of life
Professional and Patients' experiences or perceptions of care
Competency assessment in Clinical Skills
DEEP Study http://research.ncl.ac.uk/deepstudy
- Validating and testing patient based outcome measures (MSc Ongoing)
- Professional behaviour change (PhD ongoing)
Atypical Odontalgia (Persistant Dentoalveolar Pain [PDAP]):
- Patient perspectives
- Psychosocial impacts
- Development of screening instrument
Topical neuromodulation and orofacial pain (awaiting PhD student starting)
Periodontal disease and quality of life
Previous supervisor of four successful MSc theses and one succesful MPhil thesis:
2010 - Educational Research Group Faculty Award. IADR, Barcelona, Spain.
Awarded by International Association of Dental Research Educational Research Group
2008 Outstanding Post-doctoral abstract award. IADR, Toronto, Canada.
Awarded by International Association of Dental Research Behavioral, Epidemiology and Health Services Research Group
2009 - Inaugural Vice-Chancellors award for excellence in teaching and learning
Awarded by Newcastle University
I was delighted in 2010 to be awarded the prestigious Lasby Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. This was awarded to allow me to perform collaborative research on Atypical Odontalgia (Persistent Dentoalveolar Pain). The work aims to develop a screening instrument for this difficult to diagnose and rare condition using a well described cohort of patients at the University's orofacial pain clinic.
I was recently asked to join the Editorial board of the British Pain Society's publication Reviews in Pain and the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.
Invited international consensus panels and colloquia:
November 2009. Siena, Italy Invited colloquium on Rehabilitation aspects of Temporomandibular Disorders
March 2011. San Diego, USA Invited to join expert consensus panel for revision of Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMDv2)
Oral surgeons of tomorrow, the undergraduate of today. British Association of Oral Surgeon's annual meeting. Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2008
Other invited lectures
A qualitative study of vertical integration of anatomy with dental undergraduates. Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland's Annual meeting. Oxford, England, January 2005
I just wanted to understand what was wrong. Patient perspectives of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). Sheffield Research Seminar Series School of Dentistry, University of Sheffield. Sheffield, England. January 2007
Curriculum and Competencies.Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon's annual meeting. Glasgow, Scotland, November 2007.
Temporomandibular disorders: where is the evidence? British Association of Oral Surgeon's annual meeting. Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2008
Where at we at, and where are we going to: Temporomandibualr Disorders. BDA Hospitals group's annual meeting. Luton, England. November 2010.
I am currently a referee for the Cochrane Oral Health Group on reviews relating to TMD. I am also a reviewer for: Journal of Orofacial Pain, The Journal of Pain, European Journal of Pain, Journal of Dentistry, Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, European Journal of Dental Education, British Dental Journal, Angle Orthodontist, and Oral Surgery.
Invited contributions to books:
The areas of the dental undergraduate course that I provide, or have provided, teaching input to, are:
- Head and Neck Anatomy course – previously demonstrating and lecturing
- Introduction to Dentistry course – practical teaching in suturing demonstration
- Course leader for Clinical Introductory Course
- Oral surgery block clinical allocation - previously taught on this course
- Dentistry, the Dentist and Public Health lecture series
- Stage 3 OSCE examiner
- Stage 3 In-course examiner
- Stage 3 Human diseases examiner
- Stage 4 TMDs and Differential Diagnosis of Orofacial Pain lecture series
- Stage 4 Oral diseases lecture series
- Stage 4 Human diseases OSCE examiner
- Stage 4 Human diseases In-course examiner
Responsible for and provide:
- Minor oral surgery teaching, academic and practical.
- Minor oral surgical competencies
- Oral diseases lecture series
- Finals examiner
- Pre-finals seminar program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Immediate surgical support for junior staff
- Course tutor on Newcastle University’s postgraduate certificate in clinical implant dentistry
- MFDS examiner for RCS (Edin)