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Professor Hughes has recently retired but maintains links with the faculty.  His research and academic interests are focused mainly on the biology of periodontal regeneration, systemic and genetic risk factors for periodontal disease, and periodontal biomarkers.  He continues to study in these areas, and teach the research methodologies course to Masters Students, as well as contributing to a number of other educational programmes within the faculty. 

In addition to generations of undergraduates, Professor Hughes has contributed to postgraduate and specialist level training in Periodontology for well over 100 students from all around the world.   He has also previously supervised a total of 23 PhD students through to successful completion of their theses.

Externally, he is current Chair of the Annual Session Committee of the International Association for Dental Research(IADR) ( 2018 – 2019),  and previously he has served as an EFP-nominated delegate to the 2017 World Workshop on Classification of Periodontal Diseases, Chair of EuroPerio 8 ( London 2015), President of the British Society of Periodontology ( 2009 – 10) and Chairman of Pan European Federation of IADR ( 2007 -08).