Staff Profile


Professional Qualifications

Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA (June - July 2005)

Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA (Feb - March 1996)

Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA (May - June 1995)

External Assessor and Validator for the MRes Life and Health Sciences Programme, University of Ulster (2011)

External Examiner 2nd BDS Dentistry Univveristy of Dundee 2012-1015

External Examiner, PhD University of Ulster (2013)

External Examiner, PhD, University of Cardiff (2013)

External Examiner, PhD, King's College London (2011)

External Examiner, PhD, Universityof Birmingham (2011)

External Examiner, MSc, University of Ulster (2005)





Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities

Society Membership 

Member of the Biochemical Society

Member of the International Association for Dental Research

Member of the Society for Anaerobic Microbiology

 

Member of the Ulster Immunology Group

Chartered Biologist (CBiol) and full member of the Institute of Biology (MIBiol)

 

Professional activities associated with Learned Societies

President, Irish Division of the International Association for Dental Research (Oct 2011-Oct 2012) 

Treasurer, Irish Division of the International Association for Dental Research (2008-2011)

Council Member, Irish Division of the International Association for Dental Research (2000-2003)

 

Peer Review

Editorial Activity

 

I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics (Official Journal of the American Association of Endodontics)

 

I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Archives of Oral Sciences and Research

 

Manuscript Review

 

I review manuscripts regularly for the following journals:

Journal of Dental Research

European Journal of Oral Sciences

Journal of Mass Spectrometry

Anti-infective Agents in Medicinal Chemistry

Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

Journal of Endodontics

Archives of Oral Biology

Clinical Oral Investigations 

Journal of Dentistry

Journal of the Irish Dental Association

Medical Science Monitor

Journal of Periodontal Research

Journal of Periodontology

Oral Diseases

Inflammation Research

Peptides

Disease Models and Mechanisms

Journal of Anatomy

BMC Immunol

PLoS One

Current Pharmaceutical Design

 

Grant Review

I review grants for the Health Research Board (Ireland), the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council and the IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology)

 

Conference Organisation

International Conference organisation

- Member of the Local Organising Committee for REGPEP2010, 18th International Symposium  on Regulatory Peptides, held in Belfast in September 2010.

- Oral session chair 18th Annual International Symposium on Regulatory Peptides (REGPEP Society), Belfast, September 2010

- Oral session chair 88th Annual International Conference of IADR (International Association for Dental Research), Barcelona July 2010

- Poster Discussion session chair IADR 88th Annual International Conference of IADR, Barcelona July 2010

 

National Conference organisation 

- Judge, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) sponsored Research Prize IADR Dublin, 2011

- Member of the Local Organising Committee for the Irish Division of Dental Research Dublin meeting 2011

- Judge, Postgraduate Poster Prize IADR Dublin, 2010

- Oral Session Chair IADR Dublin meeting 2011

- Judge, Postgraduate Poster Prize IADR Limerick, 2009

            - Member of the Local Organising Committee for the Irish Division of Dental Research Limerick meeting 2009

- Oral Session Chair IADR Limerick meeting 2009

- Oral session Chair IADR Cork meeting 2007

 

 

Invited Lectures, Interviews and Editorials

Inited Speaker: Tissue Enginering Research Group, Univeristy of Cardiff. 'TRP and FALL...in the oral cavity' June 2013

 

Invited Speaker: American Cough Conference, New York  'A novel model of human neural function in cough' June 2011  

 

Keynote Speaker: Medical and Health Sciences Board, Graduate College, University of Khartoum, 'Antimicrobial Peptides - Potential therapeutic agants?' February 2011 

 

Invited Speaker: School of Biological Sciences QUB, Seminar Programme  'Antimicrobial Peptides - Lessons from nature' February 2011

 

Invited Speaker: University of Glasgow, Dental School Seminar Programme 'Innate immunity, host defence peptides and protection of the oral cavity' June 2010  

 

Keynote Speaker: Pan European Federation meeting of the International Association for Dental Research, London ‘Proteomic analysis of disease markers in gingival crevicular fluid' September 2008

 

Invited Reviewer Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme (WOHP) September 2008

 

Keynote Speaker: Inaugural meeting of the Sudanese section of the International Association for Dental Research, Univeristy of Khartoum ‘Proteins, peptides and oral disease', March 2008

 

Invited Speaker: Postgraduate research symposium, University of Khartoum ‘Research ethics', March 2008

 

Interview: ‘Researcher awarded for enzyme discovery'. Interview by Dental Product Report Europe, Dentistry's only Pan-European dental products publication as winner of the IADR/GSK Innovation in Oral Care Award (2007), Interview published in May 2007 

 

Invited EditorialDental Products Report Europe ‘The nervous connection' October 2007

 

Invited Referee  Invited peer reviewer of abstracts for the Pan European Federation of the International Association of Dental Research Meeting in Dublin, September 2006

 

Invited Speaker: Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas USA ‘Neuropeptides and neurogenic mechanisms in oral and periodontal disease', July 2005

 

Invited article: Plaque Prevention, Launchpad (2003) 10(2), 33-34. Launchpad is a British Dental Association magazine for dental  students and recent graduates throughout the UK

 

Invited Speaker: British Electrophoresis Society (Silver Jubilee Meeting) Maidstone ‘Reactivation of proteases after SDS-PAGE', July 1995

 





Awards And Honours/major Prizes

 

2011     Joint Winner of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/ GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Innovation in Oral Care Award. ($75,000, The IADR's most prestigious monetary prize)

 

2007     Winner of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/ GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Innovation in Oral Care Award. ($75,000, The IADR's most prestigious monetary prize)

 

1999     Winner of the Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize (The British Society of Periodontology's most prestigious research prize)