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Dr Haizal Hussaini

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
QualificationsBDS MDentSci(Leeds) PhD(Otago) FDSRCSEd
Research summaryOral pathology and immunology
Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • General Pathology
  • Oral Pathology in Clinical Practice module
  • Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases module
  • Human Disease module
  • Paper coordinator for 362

Postgraduate:

  • Research Supervisor and Clinical Teaching for Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Pathology

Research

My main core research interest is investigating immune responses in the tumour microenvironment, particularly oral squamous cell carcinoma. This research started in 2007 with subsequent completion of my PhD thesis in 2013. Three grants were obtained to fund this project with me as Principle Investigator one from Otago Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) and two from New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation (NZDRF). This project is currently being expanded to include metastatic lymph node profiling as well as angiogenic role in oral squamous cell carcinoma metastatic spread. The current research will explore modulation of the immune system by cancer cells in the process of local invasion and lymph node metastasis and the role of angiogenesis in these processes.

Publications

McElroy, K. E., Seo, B. L., Hussaini, H. M., & Rich, A. M. (2020). Graft versus host disease: Cases from New Zealand with oral manifestations. New Zealand Dental Journal, 116(2), 47-54.

Guan, G., Mei, L., Polonowita, A., Hussaini, H., Seo, B., & Rich, A. M. (2020). Malignant transformation in oral lichen planus and lichenoid lesions: A 14-year longitudinal cohort study of 829 patients in New Zealand. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology & Oral Radiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2020.07.002

Yu, Z., Seo, B., Hussaini, H. M., Meldrum, A. M., & Rich, A. M. (2020). The relative frequency of paediatric oral and maxillofacial pathology in New Zealand: A 10-year review of a national specialist centre. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 30, 209-215. doi: 10.1111/ipd.12590

Choi, J. J. E., Zwirner, J., Ramani, R. S., Ma, S., Hussaini, H. M., Waddell, J. N., & Hammer, N. (2020). Mechanical properties of human oral mucosa tissues are site dependent: A combined biomechanical, histological and ultrastructural approach. Clinical & Experimental Dental Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/cre2.305

Rich, A. M., Hussaini, H. M., Seo, B., & Zain, R. B. (2020). Understanding the complex microenvironment in oral cancer: The contribution of the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago over the last 100 years. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 50(1), 15-34. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1736586

Journal - Research Article

McElroy, K. E., Seo, B. L., Hussaini, H. M., & Rich, A. M. (2020). Graft versus host disease: Cases from New Zealand with oral manifestations. New Zealand Dental Journal, 116(2), 47-54.

Choi, J. J. E., Zwirner, J., Ramani, R. S., Ma, S., Hussaini, H. M., Waddell, J. N., & Hammer, N. (2020). Mechanical properties of human oral mucosa tissues are site dependent: A combined biomechanical, histological and ultrastructural approach. Clinical & Experimental Dental Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/cre2.305

Yu, Z., Seo, B., Hussaini, H. M., Meldrum, A. M., & Rich, A. M. (2020). The relative frequency of paediatric oral and maxillofacial pathology in New Zealand: A 10-year review of a national specialist centre. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 30, 209-215. doi: 10.1111/ipd.12590

Guan, G., Mei, L., Polonowita, A., Hussaini, H., Seo, B., & Rich, A. M. (2020). Malignant transformation in oral lichen planus and lichenoid lesions: A 14-year longitudinal cohort study of 829 patients in New Zealand. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology & Oral Radiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2020.07.002

Berryman, Z., Bridger, L., Hussaini, H. M., Rich, A. M., Atieh, M., & Tawse-Smith, A. (2019). Titanium particles: An emerging risk factor for peri-implant bone loss. Saudi Dental Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sdentj.2019.09.008

Al-Hassiny, A., Friedlander, L. T., Parachuru, V. P. B., Seo, B., Hussaini, H. M., & Rich, A. M. (2018). Upregulation of angiogenesis in oral lichen planus. Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, 47(2), 173-178. doi: 10.1111/jop.12665

Chher, T., Hak, S., Kallarakkal, T. G., Durward, C., Ramanathan, A., Ghani, W. M. N., … Hussaini, H. M., & Zain, R. B. (2018). Prevalence of oral cancer, oral potentially malignant disorders and other oral mucosal lesions in Cambodia. Ethnicity & Health, 23(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2016.1246431

Mohamed, A. M., Hung, W. K., Jen, L. W., Nor, M. M., Hussaini, H. M., & Rosli, T. I. (2018). In vitro study of white spot lesion: Maxilla and mandibular teeth. Saudi Dental Journal, 30, 142-150. doi: 10.1016/j.sdentj.2017.12.001

Hussaini, H. M., Parachuru, V. P. B., Seymour, G. J., & Rich, A. M. (2017). Forkhead box-P3+ regulatory T cells and toll-like receptor 2 co-expression in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Acta Histochemica, 119(3), 205-210. doi: 10.1016/j.acthis.2016.12.005

Kanagasingam, S., Hussaini, H. M., Soo, I., Baharin, S., Ashar, A., & Patel, S. (2017). Accuracy of single and parallax film and digital periapical radiographs in diagnosing apical periodontitis: A cadaver study. International Endodontic Journal, 50(5), 427-436. doi: 10.1111/iej.12651

Saleh, A., Kong, Y. H., Haron, N., Aripin, S. F., Vadiveloo, M., Hussaini, H., … Cheong, S. C. (2017). Oral cancer screening in private dental practices in a developing country: Opportunities and challenges. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, 45(2), 112-119. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12266

Seo, B., Hussaini, H. M., & Rich, A. M. (2017). Second opinion oral pathology referrals in New Zealand. Pathology, 49(3), 277-284. doi: 10.1016/j.pathol.2016.11.007

Friedlander, L. T., Hussaini, H., Cullinan, M. P., Seymour, G. J., De Silva, R. K., De Silva, H., Cameron, C., & Rich, A. M. (2015). VEGF and VEGFR2 in dentigerous cysts associated with impacted third molars. Pathology, 47(5), 446-451. doi: 10.1097/pat.0000000000000272

Rich, A. M., Hussaini, H. M., Parachuru, V. P. B., & Seymour, G. J. (2014). Toll-like receptors and cancer, particularly oral squamous cell carcinoma. Frontiers in Immunology, 5, 464. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2014.00464

Parachuru, V. P. B., Coates, D. E., Milne, T. J., Hussaini, H. M., Rich, A. M., & Seymour, G. J. (2014). Forkhead box P3-positive regulatory T-cells and interleukin 17-positive T-helper 17 cells in chronic inflammatory periodontal disease. Journal of Periodontal Research, 49(6), 817-826. doi: 10.1111/jre.12169

Sinon, S. H., Rich, A. M., Hussaini, H. M., Yoon, H.-S., Firth, N. A., & Seymour, G. J. (2013). Metastases to the oral region from pleural mesothelioma: Clinicopathologic review. Head & Neck, 35(4), 599-604. doi: 10.1002/hed.21942

Hussaini, H. M., Angel, C. M., Speight, P. M., Firth, N. A., & Rich, A. M. (2012). A double-clear variant of epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid gland. Head & Neck Pathology, 6(4), 471-475. doi: 10.1007/s12105-012-0350-y

Ng, L. K., Rich, A. M., Hussaini, H. M., Thomson, W. M., Fisher, A. L., Horne, L. S., & Seymour, G. J. (2011). Toll-like receptor 2 is present in the microenvironment of oral squamous cell carcinoma. British Journal of Cancer, 104(3), 460-463. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6606057

Hussaini, H. M., Waddell, J. N., Girvan, L., West, L. M., Kardos, T. B., Rich, A. M., & Seymour, G. J. (2011). Silver solder ″tattoo,″: A novel form of oral pigmentation identified with the use of field emission scanning electron microscopy and electron dispersive spectrography. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, & Endodontology, 112(4), e6-e10. doi: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2011.03.049

Mohd Bakri, M., Hussaini, H. M., Holmes, A. R., Cannon, R. D., & Rich, A. M. (2010). Revisiting the association between candidal infection and carcinoma, particularly oral squamous cell carcinoma. Journal of Oral Microbiology, 2, 5780. doi: 10.3402/jom.v2i0.5780

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Journal - Research Other

Rich, A. M., Hussaini, H. M., Seo, B., & Zain, R. B. (2020). Understanding the complex microenvironment in oral cancer: The contribution of the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago over the last 100 years. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 50(1), 15-34. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1736586

Amtha, R., Hartanto, F. K., Gautama, W., & Hussaini, H. M. (2019). Pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma of the tongue in adult mimicking oral squamous cell carcinoma. Scientific Dental Journal, 3(2), 70-74. doi: 10.4103/SDJ.SDJ_10_19

Yakin, M., Seo, B., Hussaini, H., Rich, A., & Hunter, K. (2019). Human papillomavirus and oral and oropharyngeal carcinoma: The essentials. Australian Dental Journal, 64, 11-18. doi: 10.1111/adj.12652

Nasir, S. A., Tan, H. L., Tan, H. J., Hussaini, H. M., & Ramli, R. (2017). Stevens-Johnson Syndrome following failure of genetic screening prior to Carbamazepine prescription. Case Reports in Dentistry, 2017, 4201357. doi: 10.1155/2017/4201357

Hussaini, H. M., Parachuru, V. P. B., Seymour, G. J., & Rich, A. M. (2017). FoxP3 and TLR2 in co-expression in oral cancer. Acta Histochemica, 119(7), 768. doi: 10.1016/j.acthis.2017.06.006

Rich, A. M., Seo, B., Parachuru, V., & Hussaini, H. M. (2017). The nexus between periodontics and oral pathology. Periodontology 2000, 74(1), 176-181. doi: 10.1111/prd.12197

Tawse-Smith, A., Ma, S., Siddiqi, A., Duncan, W. J., Girvan, L., & Hussaini, H. M. (2012). Titanium particles in peri-implant tissues: Surface analysis and histologic response [Case series]. Clinical Advances in Periodontics, 2(4), 232-238. doi: 10.1902/cap.2012.110081

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