Thursday 29 January 2015 11:23am
SJWRI Clinical Research Director Warwick Duncan is among a select group of fifteen leading University of Otago academics who have been promoted to full professorships, on the basis of their world-class research, teaching and service to the University and community.
Professor Duncan (right), who also serves as Associate Dean (Facilities and Clinical Services) in the Faculty of Dentistry, is the first Otago-qualified periodontist to be promoted to Professor at the University. His primary research interests are in periodontics (the treatment of gum diseases) and implantology (the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants). This work has extended from preliminary trials in animal disease models, to validation in human clinical trials, and have included the development of new bone replacement grafting materials, new metals and surfaces for osseointegration of oral implants, stem-cell therapy for bone regeneration, novel approaches to the treatment of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, and new technologies for diagnostic imaging of gum and bone around teeth and implants. Through collaboration with the late Professor Jules Kieser, he has developed research interests in forensic biology and victim identification.
A further 39 University of Otago academics were promoted to Associate Professor, including Oral Sciences researchers Jonathan Leichter and Brian Monk (Molecular Microbiology) and Neil Waddell (Oral Rehabilitation, Director of our Biomechanics and Oral Implantology research programme).
Full list of 2015 University of Otago professorial promotions (University of Otago website, 29 Jan 2015)