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Head of school, Professor of Orofacial Pain, Hon Consultant Oral Surgeon, Newcastle University

Justin is a Professor of Orofacial Pain and Head of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Oral Surgeon at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

Justin began his clinical academic career as a Clinical Fellow/Hon SpR in Oral Surgery at Newcastle University and obtained his PhD, “Ideologies and outcomes in Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)”, from Newcastle University in 2008. He subsequently completed his Oral Surgery specialist training and also became the first person in the UK to pass the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He held a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist award from 2012-2017, which funded his research into the care pathways in chronic orofacial pain and was promoted to a personal chair in 2017. In his clinical practice he has established and leads a multidisciplinary orofacial pain clinic that receives tertiary-level referrals from both dental and medical specialities in the North of England.

In addition to holding a prestigious NIHR award he has previously received the outstanding post-doctoral award from the Behavioural, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research group of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), for his research into Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs). His teaching was also acknowledged through the Vice-chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching and learning and he also received the IADR Education Research Faculty award in 2010.

His primary research interests are in all types of orofacial pain both at the first and second translational research gaps. He has wide experience in a variety of methodologies involved in health services research.