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New Dean of Dentistry

12 January 2017

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A new Dean has been appointed, overseeing all aspects of dental teaching and research.

Professor Alastair Sloan will take over from Professor Michael Lewis as Dean and Head of School for the School of Dentistry on 1st August 2017.

Upon accepting his new post, Professor Sloan said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as the next Head of School of Dentistry and I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues within the School, Hospital and College to ensure we achieve excellence in our educational programmes and research and that our staff can realise their potential.”

Professor Sloan joined Cardiff University in 2005 from The University of Birmingham where he was Lecturer in Oral Biology. During his time in Cardiff he developed the Mineralised Tissue Research Group with Prof Rachel Waddington and has led our Oral and Biomedical Sciences Research Theme. Prof Sloan was awarded his personal chair in 2012 and went on to be appointed Vice-Dean of Research and International for the school in 2015.

Professor Sloan’s research is focussed on the repair of mineralised tissues and novel drug delivery systems for mineralised tissue infections and is internationally recognised. He holds positions as Visiting Chair at the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi'an, China, Dalian Medical University and China medical University. He also sits on the Management Committee of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research (BSODR), the Executive Committee of the Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (UK) and, more recently was appointed to the main Grant Panel of the NC3Rs. He has attracted research funding from the NC3Rs, NISCHR, MRC, EPSRC, Dr Hadwen Trust and Dunhill Medical Research Trust along with commercial/industrial sources. His research in oral and dental medicine was recognised in 2011 when we was awarded the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Young Investigator Award. Prof Sloan has teaching commitments on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in the School and is also the current Chair / Director of Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER).

Professor Lewis, who will continue as Director for the Clinical Board for Dentistry, said: "I am absolutely delighted that Alastair has been appointed to succeed me in August as Dean and Head of the School of Dentistry.  When Alastair first joined  the School in 2005, as a lecturer, I knew that he was one of the rising stars in Dentistry within the UK.  His outstanding achievements and contribution to the School of Dentistry since that time have now been  recognised with his appointment as the next Dean.  I am sure that he has the full support of the staff and that School will be in good hands under his leadership going forward"

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