Director Nigel Pitts
Professor Nigel Pitts FRSE BDS PhD FDS RCS (Eng) FDS RCS (Edin) FFGDP (UK) FFPH
Professor Nigel Pitts came to King's College London in January 2013 to set up the Dental ITC. At King's he is Director of ITC and Professor of Dental Health. Externally he is leader of the GCCM Global Collaboratory for Caries Management initiative and chair of the ACFF Alliance for Cavity Free Future. He is an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health to Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
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Nigel Pitts FRSE BDS PhD FDS RCS (Eng) FDS RCS (Edin) FFGDP (UK) FFPH, came to King's College London in January 2013 to set up the Dental ITC. At King's he is Director of ITC and Professor of Dental Health. Externally he is leader of the GCCM Global Collaboratory for Caries Management initiative and chair of the ACFF Alliance for Cavity Free Future. He is an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health to Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Pitts graduated in Dentistry from the University of London, moved to the University of Hong Kong to help set up a new Dental School in the 1980s and then returned to the UK to take up the Directorship of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee (where he also served as Dean and Director of the Centre for Clinical Innovations). He has a long history of researching in and with Dental Primary Care.
Professor Pitts has been awarded international research prizes from: the FDI World Dental Federation, the British Dental Association Research Foundation, the International Association for Dental Research (two Distinguished Scientist Awards) as well as from the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA-where he is a Past President). He is also Past President of BASCD - the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry and of the EADPH - the European Association for Dental Public Health. Professor Pitts has also been awarded the prestigious John Tomes medal for his scientific work in fields related to Dentistry and Dental Surgery.
He has assembled a portfolio of research and commercialisation grants of over £30 million, has over 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as 93 other published communications to date.
Associate Director Christopher Longbottom
Dr. Christopher Longbottom
Dr. Longbottom worked in General Dental Practice in Scotland until 1974 when he joined the newly established Community Dental Service. In 1987 he was appointed as Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry in Dundee Dental School, where he also worked closely with the Dental Health Services Research Unit, headed by Nigel Pitts.
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After graduating in 1971 from Dundee University, Dr. Longbottom worked in General Dental Practice in Scotland until 1974 when he joined the newly established Community Dental Service. In 1987 he was appointed as Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry in Dundee Dental School, where he also worked closely with the Dental Health Services Research Unit, headed by Nigel Pitts.
Dr. Longbottom completed his PhD in caries diagnostics in 1992. His research interests include caries and erosion, focussing on detection systems, lesion activity assessment technologies, as well as caries risk assessment and lesion remineralisation methods.
Dr. Longbottom has been involved in large-scale community-based studies working with Health Visitors, as well as laboratory and clinical research with physicists (particularly in the optics and ultrasound fields), electro-chemists, micro-biologists and pharmacists. He has been involved in the core group of the ICDAS and ICCMS projects from their inceptions.
He is a Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry, and was also involved in clinical teaching sessions in adult restorative dentistry for over a decade.
In 2001, together with Professor Nigel Pitts, he set up the Centre for Clinical Innovations, which aimed to help bridge the gap between academia and industry. Dr. Longbottom is a named inventor on a number of patents, including ones involving ac impedance spectroscopy, controlled-release devices and remineralisation technologies. The ac impedance spectroscopy technology was taken from the initial lab experiments in 1994 to a marketed clinical device in 2007, via a university spin-out company established in 2001.
In January 2013, together with Professor Pitts, he joined KCL in the newly established Dental Innovation and Translation Centre. In June 2013 he was a group co-ordinator for the global ICCMS meeting held at KCL.
Senior Lecturer Stefania Martignon
Dr Martignon is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Cariology, Technology and Methodology here at King's College Dental Institute. She is Chair of UNICA (Caries Research Unit) and Chair of the Master Programme in Dental Sciences at the Dental Faculty in Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia.
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We welcome Dr Stefania Martignon to the Dental ITC, who has been appointed a Part-time Senior Lecturer in Cariology, Technology and Methodology here at King's College Dental Institute. She is Chair of UNICA (Caries Research Unit) and Chair of the Master Programme in Dental Sciences at the Dental Faculty in Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia.
Professor Martignon has taught at the Dental Faculty, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia since 1996, and has given postgraduate education to dentists in Colombia and at international meetings including Denmark, USA, UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Perú, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia.
Professor Martignon’s research has focused on detection and assessment of caries and caries activity, caries risk assessment, non-operative management of caries on individuals and communities, dental fluorosis, and cariology teaching.
As a member of ORCA she has attended conferences since 2000, author/co-authoring around 40 abstracts published in Caries Research. Stefania has been an advisory council member of the ORCA board from 2012-2014. She has chaired and participated in one ORCA Caries Research Course, which took place in Colombia in December 2013.
As a member of the IADR she has attended conferences from 2008 to 2013, author/co-authoring around 8 abstracts published in JDR. Stefania has been a member of the IADR-CRG (Cariology Research Group) board since 2011, as well as president of IADR-CRG (2012-2013). She has also been a member of the IADR Colombian Division board since 2012.
Stefania is since 2004 a member of the International Caries Detection and Assessment (ICDAS-core group, which was formed in 2002. She has been involved in directing more then ten 1-3 day training courses in ICDAS in Colombia, training more then 120 examiners from Colombia and other Latin American countries. Some of these courses have been conducted together with other ICDAS members. Professor Martignon has attended international meetings in more than 8 countries, the 2 last held in 2013 in London and Liverpool. At the meeting in London caries management was in cooperated to the ICDAS, so the system is now called ICDAS/ICCMS.
She is part of the Global Alliance for a Caries Free Future initiative since 2011 and co-chairs the Colombian chapter. In collaboration with staff in Colombia, a consensus for the Colombian dental schools in cariology teaching was achieved. In the community field, four preventive programmes in Colombian municipalities are in progress.
Apart from KCL, she has collaboration with the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the University of Sao Paulo and UNICAMP in Brazil, the University of Indiana and the University of San Francisco in USA.
Visiting Professor Kim Ekstrand
Professor Kim Ekstrand is a Visiting Professor here at King's College Dental Institute. He is Vice Dean at the Department of Odontology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
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We welcome Professor Kim Ekstrand to the Dental ITC, who has been appointed a Visiting Professor here at King's College Dental Institute. He is Vice Dean at the Department of Odontology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Professor Ekstrand has made major contributions to caries research and teaching and has an International reputation for research excellence. Professor Ekstrand has been teaching as Associate Professor at the Department of Cariology & Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, School of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark since 1986. He has taught postgraduate education to dentists and dental hygienists since 1987, this corresponds to more than 150 courses.
Professor Ekstrand has attended and spoken at many international meetings all over the world including Brazil, Germany, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK and US.
In collaboration with staff at Nexö Public Dental Service, Denmark, he established an education centre in the Nexö-method.
As a member of ORCA, Professor Ekstrand has participated in 3 ORCA summer schools which took place in Poland, Hungary and Brazil. He is also a member of the International Caries Detection and Assessment system core group, (ICDAS-core group) which was formed in 2002. Together with other members he has been involved in directing 1-3 day training courses in ICDAS in the following countries; Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Holland, Kuwait and Malaysia,
Professor Ekstrand’s research has focused on the following areas:
1) pathogenesis of caries
2) detection and assessment of activity of caries
3) risk assessment
4) non-operative management of caries on individuals and on groups
These activities had resulted in development of a non-operative caries treatment program toward children and adolescents - the Nexö-method. The principles of that program are now widely used in the Public Dental Health Service for Children in Denmark.
As a member of ORCA he has attended conferences from 1987 to 2013. He is also author/co-author of some 50 abstracts published in Caries Research. Kim was a member of the ORCA board from 2001-2004, and also 2012-2015 as well as co-president of ORCA in 2007 where he organised the ORCA meeting which took place in Denmark.
As a member of the ICDAS-core group, Professor Ekstrand has attended international meetings in more than 15 countries, the 3 last which were held in 2012 and 2013 in Philadelphia, London and Liverpool. At the meeting in London caries management was in cooperated to the ICDAS, so the system is now called ICDAS/ICCMS.
Visiting Professor Steve Howell
In July 2015, DITC welcomed Dr Steve Howell who was appointed a Visiting Professor of Commercial Innovation in the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre at King's College London. He is CEO of Innova Partnerships Ltd, based in Scotland (www.innovapartnerships.com).
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Steve holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and began his career at Merck Sharp and Dohme before moving to Unilever Plc in 1996. He has held a number of senior positions in large corporates including the global diagnostics company Alere Inc before founding Innova Partnerships Ltd in 2006.
Steve led the first spin out from Kings College London’s Dental Innovation and Translation Centre of Reminova Ltd and is working on a number of other high growth opportunities.
At Innova, Steve has built an experienced team focussed on actively supporting high growth Life Science enterprises. These range from University spin outs and entrepreneur led start ups to established small and medium size businesses looking to innovate, grow and expand. In doing so, Innova has created a portfolio of high growth innovative businesses. Steve has raised and supported over £100m in funding for Life Science diagnostic and personalised healthcare companies.
Steve has also undertaken due diligence for Life Science company M&As in Europe and the U.S. He is advisor to Scottish Government on Scotland's Medical Technology Strategy White Paper and to Scottish Enterprise's High Growth Ventures team. Steve is also an advisor to Heriot-Watt University and member of their Innovation Board.
Steve is an author on over 20 scientific research publications and an inventor on over 80 patents and patent applications.
Steve actively works with start up businesses to reach break even and move into profit as well as building great culture companies alongside entrepreneurial people and commercialising innovative life changing technologies.
Visiting Senior Implementation Fellow Dr Guy Goffin
From 1st August 2017, we welcome Dr Guy Goffin who joins us as a Visiting Senior Implementation Fellow here in the DITC. Dr Goffin's role will focus on taking forward the next stage of implementing caries research from Kings' into the world-wide clinical practice the ICDAS Foundation and it's global ICCMS group.
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Dr Guy Goffin is uniquely qualified given his years in successful preventive private practice and in industry, professional communication and marketing. The aim is to improve human health worldwide by creating and monitoring oral health throughout life - an exemplar for Vision 2029. Guy graduated in 1975 in Belgium, private practitioner from 1975 until 1998 in Antwerp (Belgium), co-worker and chairman of the Belgian Working Group for Oral Prevention (VWGT - Flemish Dental Association), manager of oral hygiene projects with schoolchildren, dentists and leader of the 1st broad scale epidemiological survey in Belgium in 1989 (12,000 schoolchildren). Several publications and presentations on Epidemiology & Preventive Dentistry. Consultant with Procter & Gamble Belgium and Europe from 1990 until 1998 and as such responsible for many presentations and publications on role of oral hygiene for maintaining oral health. In 1998, he became full-time employee with Procter & Gamble, managing the Oral Care Professional Marketing & Relations in Europe. Since 2006, responsible for a team of dental professionals delivering Professional and Scientific Relations for Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2010 he was awarded honorary membership of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. He is a regular member of IADR and ORCA and participant and presenter in congresses around the world. His current focus is on innovative approaches for the management of oral biofilms for the maintenance of oral health and new strategies for implementing a preventive approach in dental practice. On October 1, 2014, he retired from P&G, but remains active using his extensive network in global dentistry through conference presentations and ad hoc consultancy on preventive dentistry matters. In his new role at the DITC, he will help development and establishment of strong strategies for the implementation and communication of ICCMS worldwide.
Dr Ian Thompson - Reader in Medical Device Innovation (Part-Time)
Dr Thompson, Medical Device Innovation Centre at the Dental Institute, joined the DITC in late 2016 in a part-time role where the emphasis on his work will be on Innovation and Technology.
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PhD Student Dr Marco Mazevet