David graduated from University of Glasgow BDS in 1996. Following brief periods in general dental practice, hospital dentistry in Bristol and Edinburgh, and SHO posts in oral and maxillofacial surgery at St John’s in Livingston, he attained FDS RCS (England) in 1999.
He returned to Glasgow in 2000 for a clinical lectureship in dental public health combined with a specialist registrar training post based in NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Argyll and Clyde Health Boards. He completed the MPH at University of Glasgow in 2002 and attained the certificate of completion of specialist training in dental public health in 2005 (FDS DPH RCS, and FFPH). He was awarded a PhD in 2008 for research on the epidemiology of oral cancer from a socioeconomic perspective.
In 2008 David took up the position of Senior Clinical Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Glasgow. Since 2005 David has held the position of Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health with NHS National Services Scotland Information Services Division where he is the dental clinical lead and research strategy lead.
David's main research interests are in socioeconomic inequalities in heath and oral health, cancer epidemiology, health improvement evaluation (including development and evaluation of Childsmile), record-linkage of administrative databases and systematic reviews / meta-analyses.
David is the lead of the head and neck cancer epidemiology research theme and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications on the topic. The main focus of this research is in relation to socioeconomic inequalities and oral HPV. The research spans the head and neck cancer continuum from investigating burden and risk, to screening and prevention, and to clinical outcomes and survival.
David is the PI on the following projects:
HOPSCOTCH : HPV Oral Prevalence in Scotland feasibility study [website to be developed]
O-Oral Cancer Screening : Opportunities for Oral Cancer Screening research and training project [website to be developed]
LAC-Dental : Looked After Children-Dental pathfinder cross-sectoral data linkage project [website to be developed]
David is the Glasgow-centre PI on the following projects:
HPV-AHEAD : Role of human papillomavirus infection and other co-factors in the
aetiology and outcomes of head and neck cancer in Europe and India http://hpv-ahead.iarc.fr/
ARCAGE : Alcohol-Related Cancers And Genetic-susceptibility in Europe multicentre case-control study http://arcage.iarc.fr/
INHANCE – INternational Head And Neck Cancer Epidemiology consortium http://inhance.iarc.fr/
Head and Neck 5000 http://www.headandneck5000.org.uk/
David is involved in the evaluation and development of Childsmile including:
Childsmile Data Linkage – Series of major data linkage projects to evaluate Childsmile as one of the pilot ScottisH Informatics Programme
Protecting Teeth @3 : Childsmile fluoride varnish randomised control trial in nurseries across Scotland
Child dental health surveillance and care pathway development
Katharine Sharpe (PhD)
Inequalities in cancer risk in Scotland
Naeema Al-Balushi (PhD)
Implementation of Clinical Guidelines Relating to Examination for Head and Neck Cancer
Jamie Kidd (PhD)
Evaluation of Childsmile outcomes data linkage projects
Mitana Purkayastha (PhD)
Opportunities for oral cancer screening data linkage and epidemiology studies
Andrew Pye (MSc)
The role of oral health and dental care in oral cancer risk and care management