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In 1998, the London hospital dental schools at the Royal, Guy’s, St Thomas' and King’s merged with the university of King’s College London, uniting their rich histories and legacies to lead the way in dental education and oral & craniofacial research.
The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London celebrated the 20-year anniversary of this merger in November with a party in London’s Science Gallery, a commemorative video, and the launch of an Inaugural Lecture Series.
Professor Jenny Gallagher, Dean for International Affairs and Newland-Pedley Professor of Oral Health Strategy at King’s College London, gave the first Inaugural Lecture with an overview of her own career and insights into the career of Frederick Newland-Pedley, the namesake of her Professorship.
Newland-Pedley was the pioneering founder of academic dentistry and the dental hospital at Guy’s in 1889, and his legacy has benefitted generations of staff and students at Guy’s. Professor Mike Curtis, Executive Dean of the faculty said: “Jenny gave a fascinating account of the life and times of Frederick Newland-Pedley, and his tremendous legacy in terms of education, research and patient care.”
Professor Gallagher is an honorary consultant in Dental Public Health with King’s Health Partners and, externally with Public Health England, working to link research, education, policy and practice.
Professor Gallagher’s research takes a population health perspective to serving the oral health needs of society, particularly vulnerable groups. She has contributed to national and international working groups and is a past President of British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry, the Odontology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and Co-President of European Association for Dental Public Health. She is involved in a range of global health initiatives including working with the World Health Organization. In 2015 Professor Gallagher received an MBE for services to oral health.
Watch the 20th anniversary commemorative video here: