Dental professor goes back to his roots

Professor Christopher Tredwin has returned to his roots by taking up the post of Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Director of Clinical Dentistry at the Peninsula Dental School, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Born and educated in the South West, Professor Tredwin returns to the area after some 20 years in London.

He entered the Royal London Hospital Dental School in 1990 and following his pre-clinical years undertook an intercalated BSc in Physiology with Basic Medical Science, for which he was selected for a Medical Research Council grant to support his studies.

He achieved a First Class Honours degree in 1993 and completed his Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) in 1996 qualifying with a distinction in restorative dentistry and achieving a number of prizes.

Between 1996 and 2000 Professor Tredwin held posts of vocational trainee, associate dental practitioner and principal practitioner.

In 2000, he undertook the certificate course in restorative dentistry at the International Centre for Excellence in Dentistry (UCL Eastman Dental Institute), followed by an MSc in conservative dentistry. He qualified in 2002 with a distinction and was awarded the 3M prize in conservative dentistry for clinical and academic excellence.

In 2002, Professor Tredwin was appointed full-time clinical lecturer in fixed and removable prosthodontics at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, programme coordinator for the MSC in conservative dentistry in 2003 and programme director in 2007.

He completed his specialist training in restorative dentistry in 2007 at the UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital, and completed his PhD in 2009 at UCL.

He was promoted to senior lecturer in prosthodontics/honorary consultant in restorative dentistry in the same year.

To date, he has published more than 30 papers and supervised 46 masters projects. He takes up his new posts at the Peninsula Dental School at the age of 38.

He says: ‘The Peninsula Dental School has developed an outstanding reputation in a comparatively short space of time, and I am looking forward to contributing to its ongoing success and accepting the challenges and opportunities my new post will bring.

‘It is great to be joining the organisation at such an exciting time – its first cohort of students will graduate this year and the completion of its fourth and final Dental Education Facility means that it will provide dental care to the local community at full capacity and first class education and experience in primary dental care to its students.’

Professor Elizabeth Kay, dean of the Peninsula Dental School, adds: ‘Professor Tredwin is a key and important member of our team and brings with him an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and experience from which our students will benefit.

‘We are delighted to have him as part of our team and we look forward to developing with him our dentistry course still further.’

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