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Julian Yates, BSc (Hons), BDS, PhD, MFDSRCPS, FDSRCPS (Oral Surgery), FDSRCS

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Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology

Biography

Julian Yates is a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Professor Yates graduated with an Honours degree in Anatomy and Human Biology and then Dentistry at the University of Glasgow. He was then appointed as a research associate within the Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Sheffield, funded by a Wellcome Trust Fellowship. This work investigated methods of enhancing nerve regeneration and preventing dysaesthesia following trigeminal nerve injury, and ultimately led to his PhD in 2002. After this period as a research assistant he undertook several hospital posts in the Yorkshire area as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During this time he also gained his MFDS fellowship exam at the Royal Collage of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. He was then appointed by the University of Sheffield as a Clinical Lecturer/Hon SpR in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and went on to complete his ACCOMS training pathway.

In 2006 he was successful in obtaining a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer award – the first one awarded to an individual in a dental specialty, and this enabled him to be promoted to Senior Lecture/Honorary Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Sheffield. In 2011 he went on to become a Professor in Oral and maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology at the University of Manchester

Clinically his areas of specialist interest are facial deformity, facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial implantology, soft and hard tissue augmentation/grafting and trigeminal nerve repair.

Along with his clinical duties he has continued to undertake research into the aetiology of trigeminal pain/dysaesthesia, methods of enhancing nerve regeneration and developing methods of CAD/CAM manufacture of customized hard/soft tissue prostheses. As a result of the former work, changes have been made to the clinical management of patients who have sustained damage to branches of their trigeminal nerve and these are now well recognised. With regard to the latter work, an established and patented protocol has now been produced for the automated design and manufacture of hard and soft tissue prostheses in patients with facial abnormalities. Both fields of research have been recognized nationally and internationally as key areas of translational research that have directly benefited patients. As a result of this work Professor Yates has been returnable for the last two RAE rounds. As well as lecturing nationally and internationally on his areas of clinical/research interest he has published numerous scientific papers and abstracts, and presented numerous scientific articles in internationally recognized journals/meetings since 1998.

Professor Yates is also heavily involved in UG and PG teaching and has already introduced several new and innovative courses within the School of Dentistry in Manchester. These include the introduction of formalized didactic lectures in all aspects of Oral Surgery and an UG laboratory based “hands on” dental implant course. Furthermore he has increased the scope of inter-disciplinary training opportunities for specialist training.

At present Professor Yates is external examiner for the BDS Clinical Medical Sciences course at the University of Dundee and MClinDent PG Course at QMUL.

Research interests

Professor Yates has interests in the following areas of research:

Neuroscience - My principal research interest has been the aetiology of neuropathic pain and methods of enhancing axonal regeneration within the trigeminal system. This research involved laboratory studies into the effect of nerve injury on the development of neuropathic pain, and investigations into methods of enhancing nerve regeneration after injury. It is known that damage to a nerve may initiate the development of abnormal activity at the site of nerve injury, and it has been suggested that this may contribute to altered sensations (including pain) experience by some patients. Both are significant clinical problems.

CAD-CAM Rapid Prototyping (RP) Technology - Another area of interest has been the development of Translational Research themes. This has involved research into the provision of hard and soft tissue prostheses for patients with facial deformity. Preliminary work was undertaken within the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield along with Prof R van Noort and Dr D Wildgoose to manufacture these prostheses - hard and soft tissue. Subsequently, an industrial partnerships have been established including Fripp Design Ltd to develop 3D CAD CAM and rapid prototyping/manufacturing techniques for the production of such components. 

Clinical trials - I have also been involved in several clinical trials investigating the effect of a potential non-sedative anxiolytic drug and also investigating the effect of a new analgesic for dental pain. These were funded by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline.

To date Professor Yates has -

Total research grant/personal development income to date £2.9 million
Principal applicant for grant/research income totalling £2.4 million
Previous supervision of 6 PhD students - University of Manchester/Sheffield
Current Supervision of 2 PhD students – University of Manchester
Supervision of over 25 masters students - Sheffield/Manchester
Research collaboration with other neuroscience groups in Sheffield, Stockholm, GlaxoSmithKline UK, and Pfizer
Translational Research Industrial Partnerships with – NobelBiocare and Fripp Design Ltd

Teaching

Professor Yates is also heavily involved in UG and PG teaching, both theoretical and practical/clinical.

He has already introduced several new and innovative courses within the School of Dentistry in Manchester. These include the introduction of formalized didactic lectures in all aspects of Oral Surgery and an UG laboratory based “hands on” dental implant course. Furthermore he has increased the scope of inter-disciplinary training opportunities for specialist training.

Professor Yates also participates and runs dental implants courses for both beginner and advanced dental practitioners.

At present Professor Yates is external examiner for the Final BDS course at Cardiff University and the 3rd Year BDS Clinical Medical Sciences course at the University of Dundee. He is also an examiner for the Intercollegiate Specialty Exam (exit exam) in Oral Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

General Dental Council – Reg No 72190

Dental Protection – Membership No 251701

British Association of Oral Surgeons

Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

International Association for Dental Research (and British section)

Manchester Medical Society (Odontology Section)

Association of Dental Implantology (UK)

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) - University of Liverpool

BDS - University of Glasgow

PhD - University of Sheffield

MFDSRCPS - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow

FDSRCPS (OS) - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow

FDSRCS - Royal College of Surgeons, London

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Training Programme Director - Oral Surgery, NHS Health Education North West

2016 → …

Clinical Lead - Oral Surgery, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2013 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network

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