Professor Martin H. Thornhill

Martin Thornhill qualified in medicine in 1978 and then in dentistry in 1982 both at King’s College in London. He was awarded an MSc with honours (1986) before being awarded an MRC Training Fellowship and completed a PhD at the University of London (1990).
Martin became a Consultant in Oral Medicine in 1992. He is a Fellow of the Royal Surgical Colleges of Edinburgh (1988), Ireland (1992) and England (2002). In 1994, he was appointed to the Chair of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Manchester before moving in 1998 to London to take up the Chair of Clinical Oral Science at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Then in 2002, he was appointed to the Castella endowed Chair of Aging Research and became Chair of the Department of Dental Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Texas Health Sciences Centre in San Antonio, USA. He returned to the UK in 2005 to take up the Chair of Oral Medicine at the University of Sheffield and in 2013, he became Professor of Translational Research in Dentistry at the University of Sheffield. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Oral Medicine at The Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Martin has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, BMJ and Circulation and has generated more than €7m of grant income. His research spans basic, translational and clinical research. Recent research has focussed on the development of new technologies for diagnosis of potentially malignant oral lesions and for delivering of drugs to, and across, the oral mucosa for the treatment of both oral mucosal and systemic diseases. However, he is perhaps best known for his research into antibiotic prophylaxis and the role of invasive dental procedures and poor oral hygiene in the development of systemic diseases, particularly infective endocarditis.


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