New dean appointed at Dundee’s School of Dentistry

17 February, 2021 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

Professor Philip Preshaw has been appointed as the new Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Dundee.

Professor Preshaw was previously Professor and Chair of Periodontology in the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore. He received his dental degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1991 and his PhD in 1997.  He is a registered specialist in Periodontics and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

His main research interests are investigations of the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, and links between diabetes and periodontitis. He was previously Assistant Professor in Periodontology at the Ohio State University, USA. Professor Preshaw lectures frequently, has co-authored two clinical textbooks in periodontology, and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

He has been awarded a UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) National Clinician Scientist Fellowship, a Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research, and a King James IV Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for his contributions to dental research.

Professor Preshaw will take on the role of Dean from March.

“I want to thank Professor Mark Hector, our current Dean, for his leadership of the School over the last decade, during which time Dundee has enjoyed a reputation as one of the top dental schools in the UK and attracted students from around the world,” said Professor Iain Gillespie, the university’s Principal & Vice-Chancellor.

“Mark has recently worked tirelessly, with colleagues in the school and other stakeholders including fellow Deans and external stakeholders such as the NHS and the Scottish Government, to mitigate the impacts of the Covid pandemic on dentistry and secure support for our students at a very difficult time.

“Mark’s work on that, and in leading the school for almost a full decade, is greatly appreciated.”

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