Professor Damien Walmsley Visits Faculty of Dentistry
Professor Damien Walmsley, Scientific Advisor to the British Dental Association and Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Birmingham, visited the Faculty of Dentistry on May 30 – June 2.
Professor Walmsley delivered a talk at the Prince Philip Dental Hospital on May 30, sharing with the audience on how to engage the public with research.
He said it was vital for researchers to translate research ideas and findings into simple messages and stories that were comprehensible to the general population. “Getting your message across in a newspaper with a wide circulation is equally as important as having your study published in a high-impact journal,” he said.
“You need to publicise your research because public-funded university needs to be accountable to the public, and funders of research would also like to see a return from investment.”
During the seminar, Professor Walmsley listed some dental health topics that were of news value and interest to the public and the media, such as toothbrushing, sugar consumption, the alcohol in mouthwashes, tooth whitening and fluoridation.
In addition, Professor Walmsley also gave a lecture providing the latest overview of the research projects in the field of ultrasonics, and conducted a workshop on how impact was being driven and assessed in the UK setting.