New government appointment announced

The chief dental officer for England, Dr Barry Cockcroft, has announced that professor Paul Wright has been appointed as his consultant adviser.

Professor Wright, BDS, PhD, FDSRCS(Eng), FFGDP(UK), FHEA has been professor of Prosthetic Dentistry at Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry since 2000 and an honorary consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Barts and The London NHS Trust since 1982. He was Dean of Dentistry, Director of the Institute of Dentistry of The Barts and London, Queen Mary’s School of Dentistry from 1999 to 2007.

Professor Wright’s research interests are based in removable prosthodontics with a strong bias to clinical research.

Dr Cockcroft said of the appointment: ‘I wish to complement the skills of my team at the Department of Health with a specialist from secondary dental care.

‘The Department, with Queen Mary’s University, has arranged a nine-month trial during which Professor Wright will act as my adviser. I will consider making a substantive appointment in the light of the outcome of the trial in June 2008.’

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