School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor J Mark Thomason

Professor of Prosthodontics & Oral Rehabilitation



Following a period of Acting Head from January 2016, I was appointed Head, School of Dental Sciences in August 2016.  Prior to this I had been Director of Dental Education and Degree Programme Directorfor the previous 7 years.  My current publications are largely based in the area of Dental Education but also link with my clinical research which has focused on the assessment of factors that influence patient acceptance of prostheses. Through a series of RCTs and qualitative studies with edentulous subjects using impact supported prostheses we have established and quantified substantial improvements in Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Life.  This has supported a new international Standard of Care for this patient group which is embodied in the York Consensus Statement 2009 and supports offering this treatment as a minimum standard of care for this patient group. This outcome reflects contemporary clinical findings published since my contribution to the McGill Consensus Statement 2002 & was developed during my Presidency of the British Society of Prosthodontics. 

Present Appointments

2016    Head, School of Dental Sciences

2014    Associate Dean for Clinical Development, Faculty of Medicine

2008    Fellow Centre for Excellence in Healthcare Professional Education

2003    Professor of Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation

1998    Hon Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust

Previous Appointments

2012 – 2017    Chair SAB Restorative Dentistry Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

2010 - 2016     Director of Dental Education, Faculty of Medicine

2010 - 2016     Chair Board of Studies, School of Dental Sciences

2010 - 2016     Degree Programme Director (BDS), School of Dental Sciences

2009 – 2012    Degree Programme Director (MSc Orthodontics), School of Dental Sciences

2006 - 2010     Deputy Director of Dental Studies, Faculty of Medicine

2005 - 2010     Director of Clinical Studies – School of Dental Sciences

2004 - 2010     Chair Stage 3,4 and 5 Curriculum Co-ordinating Committee

2004 - 2010     Adjunct Professor (Research), McGill University, Montreal Quebec, Canada

2002 - 2004     Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal Quebec, Canada

2002                Visiting Professor – Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal Quebec, Canada

1998 - 2004     Head of Prosthodontics, Dental School, Newcastle upon Tyne

1999 - 2002     Consultant in Administrative Charge – Prosthodontics - Newcastle Dental Hospital

1998 - 2003     Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry


BDS Newcastle 1983

FDS RCS(Ed)1987

FDS RCPS(Glas) 2017

PhD Newcastle 1995


2002-2010             Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal Quebec, Canada

    2016-2018             President - Nutrition Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research

    2008 – 2009          President - Geriatric Oral Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research

    2008 - 2009           President - British Society of Prosthodontics

    2007 - 2008           President - Prosthodontics Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research

    2007 – 2008          President European College of Gerodontology


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    Research Interests

    Efficacy of Treatment in Prosthodontics

    Clinical Research in Prosthodontics has focused on the assessment of factors that influence patient acceptance of prostheses. A unique prospective RCT compared the use of bilateral cantilever adhesive bridges with conventional partial dentures. Nutrition and dietary invalidity were investigated as part of these projects (Regional NHS funding). This theme was developed and supported a PhD studenship to test the value of customised dietary intervention and investigate barriers to dietary change.

    Professor Thomason has expanded this research grouping to investigate the effect of dental implant provision on health related quality of life. The research profile comprise a series of randomised controlled trials examinging implant supported prostheses in edentulous patients and is supported by a programme of Qualitative Research Projects based in the UK and shared with our Research Collaborators in the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. An integral strand of this work includes the impact of this form of treatment on food choice and nutritional status. Research funding is maintained by a series of industrial partners, research charities, and Research Councils, including the Medical Research Council and the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

    Professor Thomason spent part of 2002 as Visiting Professor at McGill University, building on links developed with Prof Feine their Director of Clinical Studies. The McGill Faculty has an international reputation in patient based outcomes for implant treatment. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill at the end of 2002 a post which he maintains through his work at McGill each year. A signatory of the McGill Consensus Statement, Professor Thomason has developed a strong collaboration with Professor Feine and other members of the McGill Faculty and is currently overseeing a series of projects in Canada.

    Oral Health in the Medically Compromised

    Funding from the Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) has supported a 3 year investigation of the oral health of children and young adults with juvenile chronic arthritis (JIA) undertaken as a multidisciplinary project with the School of Medical Sciences (Rheumatology) supporting an MPhil student. The recently awarded Shirley Glasstone Hughes Research Award has underpinned investigations of the relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular diseases.

    Drug-Induced Gingival Overgrowth in Organ Transplant Patients

    Professor Thomason completed his PhD in the field of drug-induced gingival overgrowth in organ transplant patients and now lead a team comprising colleagues both in the School and Faculty which has built on the close liaisons established with the Regional Cardiac and Renal Transplant Centres. The principle theme of the work is the investigation of the aetiology and management of the dental problems that arise in organ transplant patients. The major clinical risk factors for drug-induced gingival overgrowth have been identified and described. At the cellular level, differences detected in the distribution of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in patients with overgrowth have highlighted mechanisms for the shift in tissue homeostasis seen in this condition. The investigations have focused on the role matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their natural inhibitors (TIMPs) and builds on previous work on TGF-ß and MMPs in gingival overgrowth, and the effects of cytokines on collagen turnover in cartilage and synovial tissue. These studies have supported a series of PhD and MPhil studentships).
    The clinical programme investigating both surgical and non-surgical therapies (comparison of different conventional surgery techniques and the use of laser surgery as well as the use of a sonic toothbrush in the control of post surgical regrowth) benefited from industrial funding and currently provides the clinical base for the clinical postgraduate research projects. Finding that steroid cover is not required for these patients during surgery has fundamentally changed the clinical management of this group of patient. The work with organ transplant patients has been recognised by the Oral and Dental Research Trust and the British Society of Periodontology.


    Editorial Board - Journal of Dental Research
    Executive Councilor Geriatric Oral Research Group International Association for Dental Research
    Assistant Chairman, College Advisor Restorative Dentistry. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    Newcastle & North Tyneside I Local Research Ethics Committee - Expert member
    Member of Joint Research Executive Scientific Committee – Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
    Treasurer - British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry.