Owen Addison is currently Professor of Oral Rehabilitation at KCL and an Honorary NHS Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. He qualified as a dentist from the University of Birmingham in 2001, gained his PhD in Biomaterials in 2007 from the same institution, and completed the 5-year specialist clinical in 2012. Appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 2007, he became Senior Lecturer and honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry 2012, and in 2015 was promoted to Chair in Applied Biomaterials. In 2016 he took up the position as the ADA&C Endowed Chair in Oral Health Translational Research at the University of Alberta in Canada where he spent 3 years, before returning to the UK to join KCL in 2019.
His research is highly interdisciplinary, sitting at the interface between Life, Physical and Clinical Sciences and extending from foundational studies to early clinical translation. Cross cutting research themes within the group include: the application of multimodal imaging approaches, including synchrotron-based techniques, to study synthetic and natural biomaterials; and studies to predict and enhance the clinical performance of implant biomaterials and devices. The group has received funding from, EPSRC, NIHR, European Commission, Wellcome, NSERC (Canada), MRC, industry and charitable funders and his work has been nationally and internationally recognised.
In 2010 he was recipient of a National Institute for Health Research Clinician Scientist Fellowship –rarely awarded to dentally trained clinicians. In 2013 he received the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Innovation in Implant Sciences Award and in 2016 he was awarded the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award -Young Investigator. The group provides a strong environment for early career researchers with students winning international prizes such as the Academy of Dental Materials Paffenbarger prize and the International Association of Dental Research EH Hatton award and the majority of post-doctoral researchers have gone on to permanent positions in academia or senior positions in industrial R&D.