Dr Victoria Harper
- Clinical Senior Lecturer (Dental School)
Victoria Harper qualified with a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Heriot Watt University in 2000. During a year out travelling the world she successfully secured a full Medical Faculty Scholarship to pursue a PhD at the University of Glasgow Dental School. Her PhD thesis entitled “A molecular analysis of the bacterial species associated with prosthetic joint infection and dental bacteraemia” was successfully completed within the 3-year tenure. Dr Harper (nee Hannah) has presented this work both nationally and internationally.
In 2004, immediately following her PhD submission Dr Harper enrolled as an undergraduate dental student at the University of Glasgow Dental School. She graduated in 2009 winning the Schulke and Mayr Award, BDA Regional Student Clinician of the year and the MDDUS elective prize. Dr Harper completed her dental vocational training in 2010 before going on to work as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow and St John’s Hospital, Edinburgh. From 2012 to 2018 Dr Harper was a Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Specialty Trainee in Restorative Dentistry at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. She was appointed in 2018 as Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry following the successful completion of her specialist training and ISFE examination.
In her Honorary Consultant role, she provides specialist fixed removable prosthodontic and periodontal care to NHS patients in Glasgow. She attends a monthly MDT for the oral and dental rehabilitation of patients with craniofacial abnormalities. Dr Harper also has a keen interest in the rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients and has provided national training for medics at both the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow.
Dr Harper is interested in the role of oral micro-organisms in systemic disease and during her specialist training she was awarded the TC White Young Researcher Grant by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to carry out a study of the risks of pneumonia caused by wearing dentures. This project integrated with an established BBSRC and GlaxoSmithKline study investigating the role of denture plaque on oral disease. She has published on this work and was awarded the Schottlander Prize by the British Society of Prosthodontics for the presentation of her findings.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Death by dirty dentures: a study of the risks to pneumonia caused by wearing dentures
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
2013 - 2014
In her current role Dr Harper is Teaching Lead for Undergraduate Removable Prosthodontics and BDS1 Course Co-ordinator. She also sits on the Dental Education Board at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.