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​​Professor Nairn Wilson inaugurated as BDA President

7 May 2015

Professor Nairn Wilson and BDA Chief Executive Peter Ward

Eminent dental academic, author and teacher, Professor Nairn Wilson CBE was today inaugurated as the British Dental Association’s (BDA’s) 129th President in a ceremony on the opening day of the Association’s annual conference in Manchester.

Currently honorary Professor of Dentistry at King’s College London, Professor Wilson’s forty five year career includes senior positions in dental education, research and publishing. From 2001 to 2012 he was Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dean and Head of King College London’s internationally renowned dental institute. He was also Deputy Vice Principal of King’s College London from 2009 to 2012.

Previous honours and awards include a Dentistry Lifetime Contribution Award and the BDA’s John Tomes Medal.

In his inauguration address Professor Wilson highlighted the importance of co-ordinated healthcare with dentistry an integral part of whole-person care. He hoped, he said, for a move away from episodic towards preventative, continuous patient care with dentists and their teams rewarded for saving rather repairing their patient’s teeth. In a separate Presidential Lecture later today he will address the challenges and opportunities of a career in dentistry, emphasising the benefits of lifelong learning.

Commenting on his inauguration Professor Wilson said:

“I thank the BDA for this accolade, and for the confidence and trust in me to serve as President of the Association for 2015/16.

“In the challenging, ever-changing world in which the profession seeks to deliver the best possible oral healthcare, there are many issues and uncertainties. However, whatever ‘time of need’ may lie ahead for us, suitably resourced, professionally led prevention of oral and dental disease, along with a fully integrated approach to healthcare will pay great dividends.

“In accepting the office of President of the Association, I dedicate myself to serve the Association to the best of my ability. I very much hope that, following my time in office, I will be judged to have been a worthy President and to have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the further strengthening and development of our internationally renowned Association -the professional body for dentistry in the UK.”

About the BDA

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