Oral Cancer-Latest Research and Patient Perspective

Tuesday 13 December 2022

This free CPD event is a part of the monthly seminar series organised by the School of Dentistry

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Tuesday 13 December 2022, 12:30 - 13:30
Dental Hospital

University of Dundee

Park Place



Dental Hospital
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Chair: Dr Niall McGoldrick, Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee

Speaker: Anem Iftikhar, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee

About the Speaker: Anem qualified as a dentist from Pakistan. After a few years of clinical practice in her country, she completed her MRes Oral Cancer from the University of Dundee, UK. She is currently studying the effect of stress in oral cancer, as part of her PhD in the School of Dentistry, University of Dundee, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Title: Stress and Cancer: What happens when the two challenges collide?

Aims and objectives

  • To provide an overview about the current understanding on the role of stress in cancer.
  • To discuss how stress may impact the progression of oral cancer

Speaker: Mark Gormley, University of Bristol, UK

About the Speaker: Mark is a Wellcome Trust doctoral fellow and Consultant Senior Lecturer in Oral Surgery at the University of Bristol. He received his dental degree with honours from the University of Dundee and following this, completed longitudinal foundation and dental core training posts, prior to undertaking Oral Surgery specialty training via an NIHR academic clinical fellowship. His research is primarily focussed on head and neck cancer, using ‘big data’ and genetic epidemiology approaches for which he has been awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust, NIHR and UKRI. Mark has completed both a Masters in Genomic Medicine at Cambridge and a Masters in Medical Education, which lead to fellowship of the higher education academy. He has sat on the British Association of Oral Surgeons council and is currently a Dental Specialty Ambassador for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and a committee member for the Academy of Medical Sciences INSPIRE programme.

Title: Using genetics to explore potentially modifiable risk factors in oral cancer

Aims and Objectives

  • To describe the changing aetiology of head and neck cancer by reviewing current epidemiological literature.
  • To provide an overview of genetic epidemiology through its application in investigating potentially modifiable risk factors in head and neck cancer.

Conversation with Barbara Boyd, Patient Champion, Mouth Cancer Survivor

About Barbara: Barbara, a retired PE teacher, is a mouth cancer survivor. She had never heard of it until 2019 when she was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Thankfully it was caught early and her treatment was successful though required significant surgery and rehabilitation. Since then, Barbara has been working tirelessly as our patient champion to raise awareness of the disease and also to raise funds for the charity. Barbara is a force to be reckoned with, and we are very lucky and happy to have her on board as she became a Trustee in 2020. Barbara has recently moved back to her home town of Kirkcaldy and continues to do work with Let’s talk about Mouth Cancer in her local community.

Title: A lived experience

Aims & Objective

  1. Describe the patient journey when oral cancer is detected.
  2. Describe the importance of early detection of oral cancer on quality of life.
  3. Describe a patient perspective on research.
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