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Prof Dave W Thomas 

Career Profile

2010-Present   Implant Programme Director

2008 present    IATP Programme Director       Dentistry Wales

2005-2010   Vice-Dean Research School of Dentistry Cardiff

2004- 2010  Clinical Executive Manager CITER (

2002-Present    Professor /Honorary Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery University Hospital of Wales / Cardiff University*

2001 – 2002    Reader /Honorary Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery        

1996 – 2001    Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

1992 - 1996     Lecturer / Honorary Senior Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

1989 - 1992     Wellcome Clinical Research Fellow / Honorary Registrar Bristol

1988 - 1989     Specialist Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery  Ipswich Hospital


Memberships / External Activities

2010-Present    US Department of Defence External Scientific Consultant

2010-Present    UK Specialist Advisory Committee Oral Surgery

2008-Present    Elected President Association British Academic Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

2008-2010       Elected Secretary European Tissue Repair Society (currently Board Member)

2008-2010       Elected Organising Committee ESF Nanomedicine Meeting (Barcelona)

2006-2009       Professor (visiting 2006-2011)            University of Trondheim


Recent invited international lectures

2010    Polymer therapeutics in human wound healing European Polymer therapeutics meeting Valencia

2010    Microbiology of impared human wound healing European Wound Management Association  Annual meeting Geneva

2010    Bacteria and wound healing French Wound Healing Society Paris

2009    The clinical challenge of Tissue Repair EU European Summer School in Nanomedicine Lisbon

2009  The microflora of impaired wound healing Wound Healing Society meeting Limoges


External examiner

MD theses (London, Manchester), PhD (Manchester, QMW, Sheffield)


External scientific consultant

Algipharma AS, previously Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Johnson


Teaching Profile

Programme Director full-time, 12 month, taught clinical MSc in Implantology and the modular longitudinal programme for Family Dental practitioners.  DWT was until 2009 Programme Director of the MSc in Tissue Engineering which he established with his colleagues in 2005. 


Awards / Prizes

DWT has been awarded numerous international and national prizes for research as have the group. PhD, MD students and Post-Docs in the group have received many awards for their work including the European Tissue Repair Society Young Investigator prize on three separate occasions since 2000, the Colgate Prize of the BSDR and the Jackson Prize of BAPRAS.