Trevor Burke graduated from Queens University in Belfast, and, following academic appointments in Belfast and Manchester, he worked in general dental practice in Manchester from 1974 to 1996, whilst also working in the Unit of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester. He has been Professor of Primary Dental Care at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry since 2000. Trevor is (co)author of 320 papers in peer-reviewed journals and three books. He has been awarded over 80 research grants. His main research interests include properties and applications of tooth-coloured restorative materials, and the translation of in vitro research on dental materials into the clinical situation. In this regard, he co-ordinates the work of the PREP (Product Research and Evaluation by Practitioners) Panel, established in 1993, a group of dentists who carry out research in their practices. This group, which has now completed over 60 evaluations of materials and techniques, presently has 33 members. He is also the Editorial Director of Dental Update and an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Trevor’s time at the University is mainly spent being Director of the Masters course in Advanced General Dental Practice, this having been established 15 years ago as a campus-based course, and which is now a Distance course designed to suit the busy lives of dental practitioners anywhere in the world.