- Professor of Paediatric Dentistry (Dental School)
Richard Welbury graduated from Newcastle University with BDS (Hons) in 1978 and MB BS in 1984. He then received a Ph.D. from Newcastle University on 'An evaluation of composite resins and glass polyalkenoate cements in Paediatric Dentistry'.
In 1988 he was appointed Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and in 1991 Regional Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at Newcastle Dental Hospital. In 2001 he was appointed to the Chair of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Glasgow Dental School.
In 2001-2002 he was President of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and 2006-2008 President of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. Between 2003-2006 he was Chairman of the Standing Advisory Committee in Paediatric Dentistry of the combined Royal Colleges.
Richard Welbury has a long standing interest in anxiety management in children and the effects of the drugs used for anxiety management techniques on normal function. His initial work in this field was with nitrous oxide but more recently nitrous oxide has been used as the standard against which other techniques, especially those using the benzodiazepine midazolam are judged.
Randomised controlled trials have been completed investigating oral, submucosal and intravenous administration of midazolam in children and adolescents. On his appointment at Glasgow he established strong links with the Departments of Psychology and Anaesthesia and recent research has focused on the cognitive effects to the child and adolescent of general anaesthesia and sedation.
The initial grant funded randomised controlled trial investigated cognitive function after a short general anaesthesia for exodontia. Currently the focus of the second grant funded randomised controlled trial is related to the cognitive effects of longer intubation general anaesthesia. The strong clinical links established between the University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) and the Western Infirmary Glasgow has allowed collaborative clinical research with direct relevance to the delivery of dental care in everyday practice.