About the Editors


Stephen Hancocks OBE, MA, BDS, LDS, DDPH, MCCD, Hon FFGDP RCS (Eng), British Dental Association, UK

Stephen is Editor-in-Chief of the BDJ. He is a dentist, writer, editor, publisher and performer. He was appointed OBE in 1997 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the dental profession and subsequently has been awarded Honorary Membership of the British Dental Association, the American Dental Association and a place in the prestigious FDI’s List of Honour. He has an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London in Advanced Theatre Practice and is also well known for chairing, lecturing and after-dinner speaking.



Jonathan Lewney, BDS, BSc, BA, MSc, MPH, Independent Researcher, France

Jonathan is Editor of the online journal BDJ Open. Jonathan completed a BSc in Chemistry, and an MSc in medicinal chemistry and medical physics, while working as long-haul cabin crew. This helped him gain entry to a graduate-entry dentistry programme and he gained his BDS in 2012. Following various clinical roles, Jonathan then completed a Master of Public Health and speciality training and worked in local, regional and national public health roles. He now works as a freelance Public Health Consultant.


Associate Editor

Dr Manas Dave, BSc(Hons), BDS(Hons), PGDip, FHEA, PGCert, MDPH, DipRCPath, The University of Manchester, UK

Manas qualified from The University of Manchester with degrees in Pathology and Dentistry. He subsequently undertook postgraduate training in Newcastle and Middlesbrough before returning to Manchester as a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Manas has achieved postgraduate qualifications in Medical Education, Dental Public Health and Pathology Informatics. He has published extensively across numerous journals, has substantial teaching experience of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is a recipient of numerous personal and research awards. He is currently a Clinical Research Fellow and undertaking his PhD at The University of Cambridge.


Editorial Board

Professor Michael Burrow, BDS, MDS, PhD, DDSc, MEd, FRACDS, MRACDS (Pros), FICD, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; University of Melbourne, Australia

Michael is Clinical Professor in Prosthodontics, Division Co-ordinator of Restorative Dental Sciences and Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) in the Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Dental School, the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research interests are adhesion of resin-based adhesives and glass ionomer cements, development of resin-based materials, clinical evaluation of biomaterials, and development of means to treat root caries, as well as research in dental education. Michael has published over 270 refereed papers and three book chapters. He is currently Registrar for the Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in General Dental Practice, as well a member of the Board of Studies for Fellowship in General Dental Practice.


Professor Jennifer E. Gallagher MBE, PhD, MSc, DCDP, DipHE, BDS, FDS RCS(Eng), DDPH RCS(Eng), FHEA, King’s College London, UK

Jenny holds the distinguished Newland-Pedley Chair in Oral Health Strategy at King’s College London, where she is an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health with King’s Health Partners, and a College Ambassador for International, Engagement & Service. She has held the post of Dean for International Affairs for her Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences (2017–2023) contributing to partnership development and global initiatives. She received an MBE for services to oral health in 2015. Jenny contributes nationally and internationally on Dental Public Health education and training and health policy. Her research, which takes a public health and life course perspective on how to shape the future dental workforce to better meet the needs of the population, is influencing change locally, nationally, and globally. Jenny’s work with the World Health Organisation on the global oral health workforce has included contributing to the Global Oral Health Baseline Report and presenting at the African Regional Launch of the Global Strategy and leading academic workforce publications. Jenny has held many professional leadership roles including President of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry and Copresident of the European Association for Dental Public Health. She is an active member of the International Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (IADR) including the role of President of the Global Oral Health Inequalities in Research Network (2022–2023). 


Professor OP Kharbanda, MDS, MOrth RCS (Ed), FDS RCS (Eng), Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, India

OP Kharbanda works as Dr CG Pandit National Chair conferred by the Indian Council of Medical Research, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He is former CHIEF of the Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER) and Head of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Deformities, at AIIMS. He is known for his astute clinical skills, deep interest in cleft care, able administration and scholarly publications including textbooks. OP Kharbanda is a crusader of quality assurance in higher dental education, advanced research, an advocate of equality of oral health and promotion using digital platforms. As CHIEF, Centre for Dental Education and Research, he transformed CDER and founded a National Facility Exclusive for Dental and Craniofacial Research. As Director of WHO Collaborating Centre, National Oral Health Program and COCHRANE collaborator, his contributions are internationally recognised. His published research works on clinical applications and biological aspects of miniscrew implants, automation in 3D imaging and OSA related research are widely known and highly cited.


Associate Professor Christel Larsson, DDS, PhD, Malmö University, Sweden

Christel qualified as a dentist in 1996, as prosthodontist in 2004 and PhD in 2011. She is currently associate professor at the Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Sweden, and head of the Department of Prosthodontics. Her current research interests are clinical outcome of tooth- or implant-supported restorations, materials (specifically ceramics), manufacturing techniques and patient-reported outcomes.



Dr Benedict Seo, BDS, DClinDent, PhD, FICD, University of Otago, New Zealand

Benedict is a registered specialist in oral pathology and a senior lecturer at the University of Otago. He currently serves as the Head of Oral Pathology Centre, New Zealand’s only specialised oral and maxillofacial diagnostic laboratory, and as the Deputy Head of Department and Postgraduate Co-ordinator of the Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences. Benedict’s research focuses on the microenvironment of oral cancer with a particular emphasis on endoplasmic reticulum stress and unfolded protein response. He is a member of the International Association for Dental Research, the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists, and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.


Dr Brittany Seymour, DDS, MPH, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA

Brittany is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She holds a full-time appointment in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary approaches for oral health improvement at the global level through education and workforce development. She has held leadership positions at the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s Global Oral Health Interest Group. She was a contributing author to the FDI World Dental Federation’s Oral Health Atlas 2nd Edition and Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges – A report from the National Institutes of Health. 


Professor José F. Siqueira Jr, DDS, MSc, PhD, Grande Rio University, Brazil

José is Adjunct Professor, Postgraduate Program in Dentistry, Grande Rio University, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. He is also the Chairman and Professor, Dental Research Group, Iguaçu University, Nova Iguaçu, RJ, Brazil. José has authored several books on endodontics and microbiology, several chapters for leading international endodontic textbooks and more than 400 scientific papers. His primary research interests are in the areas of endodontic microbiology and infection control. Ongoing research includes studies on the composition of the endodontic microbiota associated with different forms of apical periodontitis, including the detection of uncultivated microorganisms, as well as the clinical strategies to deal with endodontic infections.


Professor Helen Whelton, BDS, MDPH, PhD, FFPH, FFD, PGDipTLHE, University College Cork, Ireland

Helen is Head of the College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork, Ireland and Chief Academic Officer to the HSE South South West Hospital Group. She is currently leading a large consortium including a partner HEI and eleven industry partners in an innovative approach to develop the next generation of graduates for the health & life sciences industry sector. Her research interests include epidemiology and health services research, and she has coordinated a number of EU grants and directed several large national oral health surveys.  She acts as consultant to epidemiological studies internationally and consults with the oral care industry on an ongoing basis. Her research has informed the development of dental services and she has also expanded her research contribution to the areas of overweight and obesity, and to women’s general health issues. Internationally her research focus has been on health services research incorporating fluoride research. Helen is the IADR representative on the FDI Science Committee. She has contributed to the development of the agenda for dental research nationally and internationally through her leadership of research organisations including the International Association for Dental Research.


Professor Masahiro Yoneda, DDS, PhD, Fukuoka Dental College, Japan

Masahiro is a Japanese researcher, who is working on bacteriology, dental clinics, and dental education. After graduating from Kyushu University, Masahiro worked at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Masahiro is now a professor of General Dentistry at Fukuoka Dental College. He is also working as an editor of Operative Dentistry, Endodontology, and Periodontology.


Dr Zhekai (Kevin) Hu, DDS, MDS, PhD, University of Rochester, USA

Dr Hu is a distinguished dental clinician and academic researcher with an extensive background in orthodontics. He serves as a Dental Resident at the University of Rochester, USA. Dr Hu holds a PhD in Orthodontics from The University of Hong Kong, recognised with the HKU Presidential PhD Award. He also earned a Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics and a dental degree from China. His areas of expertise include the mechanisms of orthodontic tooth movement and epigenetic regulation of bone metabolism. Dr Hu is a dedicated educator and prolific contributor to scholarly publications in dentistry and orthodontics. His work and insight have positioned him as a guest editor and reviewer for various journals.


Associate Professor Nazik Nurelhuda, BDS(Hons), FFPH, FAIMER Fellow, PhD, University of Khartoum, Sudan and University of Toronto, Canada

Nazik has over 15 years of experience spanning academia, the government sector, and WHO during her tenure in Sudan and Canada. She presently holds status-only positions at the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada, where she remains actively engaged in advancing public health. Additionally, Nazik serves as an Associate Professor at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai, UAE. Her research interests lie in improving the wellbeing of vulnerable populations, particularly refugees and children. She is also passionate about researching health professionals' education, particularly focusing on fostering social accountability through community-based learning approaches.