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​In memory of Jimmy Steele: lecture on oral health, epidemiology and the British way of life

23 November 2017




To honour Professor Jimmy Steele's memory, we are making freely available his outstanding lecture on oral health, epidemiology and the British way of life, which he gave at our Anniversary Lecture on 2 July 2015.

In his lecture, Oral health, epidemiology and the British way of life, Professor Steele looked at the origins of British oral health and how it is perceived, the reasons for the caries epidemic of the 20th century and how things have changed since then. 

He also set out his vision for an '..optimistic, evidenced based picture of what dentistry should look like in the 21st century' in an interview with the BDJ in 2012.

Professor Steele was Head of Newcastle School of Dental Sciences, an Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Chair of Oral Health Services Research. 

He took a leading role in several large scale national epidemiology surveys including the HSCIC Child and Adult Dental Health Surveys. His work in health services research included research in primary care, health inequalities, quality of life and health economics. 

In 2009, he led the Independent Review of NHS Dental Services in England and was tireless in his pursuit of developing dental policy to improve the working lives of dentists.   

Professor Steele sadly passed away earlier this month, and will be much missed amongst the dental community.

Colleagues comments on our Facebook post have been heartfelt, and the family have requested donations to his nominated charity, the Trussell Trust, rather than flowers at his funeral.