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Membership of the Oral Health Policy Academic Reference Group

Professor Denis O’Mullane (Chair)

Emeritus Professor of Preventative Dentistry, University College Cork, Denis O’Mullane has extensive experience in many aspects of dentistry. He served as Chief Dental Officer in the Department of Health from 1978 to 1982, following which he was appointed Head of the Department of Preventative Paediatric Dentistry in the University Dental School and Hospital, Cork. He served as Head of the Cork Dental School for a number of years. He established the Oral Health Services Research Centre in Cork in 1983 and acted as its Director for a 20 year period. He has published over 120 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and served as editor of the journal ‘Community Dental Health’ for 8 years.

Professor Brian O’Connell (Academic Lead and Vice Chair)

Professor O’Connell received his undergraduate degree in dentistry at the National University of Ireland, Cork and postgraduate training in Prosthodontics and Biochemistry at the Eastman Dental Centre-University of Rochester, New York. He continued his work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was Chief of the Gene Regulation and Expression Unit, NIDCR. He is currently Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Director of Postgraduate Prosthodontics at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a member of the Trinity College Centre for Ageing, EngAGE, with an interest in the oral health of older people. He has published and lectured widely on Prosthodontics and Implantology.

Professor Margaret Barry

Professor Barry is Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health and Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at the National University of Ireland Galway. She has published widely in health promotion. Professor Barry has established strong international links with the World Health Organization and a number of European organizations and international research partners. Elected as Global Vice President for Capacity Building, Education and Training by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education from 2007-2010, she coordinated international collaborative work on the development of core competencies for health promotion, including a major European Commission funded initiative in the European region.

Dr Alison Dougall

Dr Dougall is Consultant and Assistant Professor in Special Care Dentistry at Dublin University Dental Hospital and formerly Clinical Director at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. She trained in Special Needs Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute. She provides dental care for medically compromised patients at St James’s and St Vincent’s University Hospitals in Dublin and her current research involves the study of health behaviours in people with chronic health conditions and assessment of attitudes and behaviours of dental teams towards people with disabilities and marginalised groups.  She is currently the chair of the Education Group of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health and has played a major role in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula related to Special Needs Groups in Ireland.

Dr Jacinta Mc Loughlin

Dr McLoughlin is Professor in Public Dental Health and Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning as well as being the Head of the Division of Public and Child Dental Health in the School of Dental Science in Trinity College Dublin. Dr McLoughlin has a Master’s degree in dental epidemiology and fellowships from the RCSI including the fellowship in Dental Public Health. The subject area of her Master was the comparison of normative need with actual need amongst long-stay patients in a mental health hospital. She has been a member of teams undertaking major epidemiological studies in Ireland and has widespread experience of the management of the oral healthcare system in Ireland.

Ms Kathryn Neville

Ms Neville is the Manager for Medicine and Health in University College Cork with overall responsibility for the management and delivery of the administrative support services within the College. Having trained initially as a dental nurse and subsequently completing a Master in Business Administration  she has extensive experience working within the College and previously managed the Dental School and Hospital, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Oral Health Services Research Centre. She was a member of the Project Team that worked on the Report on the Establishment of Hospital Groups as a transition to Independent Hospital Trusts (2013).

Professor David Madden

Professor Madden is an Associate Professor of Economics at University College Dublin.  He was educated at University College Dublin and Oxford University and has worked at the School of Economics at UCD since 1991.  His primary research interests are in the areas of health, poverty and inequality.  He has published on health related matters in a number of journals including the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the British Medical Journal and The Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.  He has previously advised the Irish government in the area of tobacco control and was a member of the Health Impact Assessment Steering Group appointed to investigate the issue of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Dr Gerry McKenna

Dr McKenna is a Lecturer in Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation, Restorative Dentistry in University College, Cork. He has a particular interest in older people and was recently awarded the International Association of Dental Research Hatton Prize for his work in Gerontology. He was awarded his PhD Degree for his work on the value of the concepts of Shortened Dental Arch (SDA) in the management of elderly patients.