New head of dentistry at Manchester

Professor Paul Coulthard has been appointed as the new head of School of Dentistry at The University of Manchester Dental School. He succeeds Professor Iain Mackie who completed a four-year term of office.

Professor Coulthard sets his mission to maintain the School’s premier position in the UK and to develop its teaching and research success further. This will include expanding the School’s postgraduate taught programmes. He stated: ‘The School is in excellent shape with an outstanding reputation and a strong research profile. We will continue to deliver teaching and learning using contemporary and innovative methodology to produce caring healthcare professionals who are of the highest caliber.

‘The impact of the School’s research will increase and the School will be recognised for evidence based practice in patient care and teaching and learning. The School’s Basic Science and Health Sciences research will contribute to improvement in global Oral and Craniofacial Health. The School will further develop strategic alliances building on its research collaborators and industrial partnerships’.

Professor Coulthard is professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Manchester and Consultant in Oral Surgery at Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust and his appointment follows an extensive international search. His special interests lie in the control of pain and anxiety, dental implantology and he has published over 140 scientific papers.

Professor Coulthard undertook research training leading to the award of an MDS in oral and maxillofacial Surgery and a PhD in neuroscience. He is a BAOS Council Member and editor in chief of Oral Surgery. He was a member of the NHS Commissioning Board Dental Commissioning Framework Task Group 2012 and 2013.

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