About this event

  • Date and time Tue 26 Mar 2024 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Location Online

Get updated on the future of dentistry with Emerita Professor Cynthia Pine CBE and Professor Nick Barker at our next Spotlight webinar.

Professor Pine and Professor Barker will open the floor to valuable and thought-provoking discussion on plans to integrate dental services with public health policy and education, exploring the potential implications of these proposed changes.

The dynamic session will provide a forum to challenge the conventional approach of merely treating diseases as they arise, focusing instead on preventative learning and treatments - and how this new approach could benefit the public and dentistry services themselves.

Join experts and enthusiasts alike for a dynamic exchange of insights, fostering a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the realm of dentistry while exploring innovative paths forward.

Join this one-hour webinar, where experts in the field will:

  • Uncover the intricacies of current dental policies, identifying areas where stronger emphasis on preventative measures is needed.
  • Gain insight into the economic and public health ramifications of current policy frameworks. 
  • Examine how strategic policy changes can catalyse the widespread adoption of preventative dental care, reshaping the landscape for future dental treatments.

This session creates a forum for a valuable and thought-provoking discussion about the present state of dentistry services across the UK, exploring the potential future implications of reshaping the landscape of these services.

We would like to thank the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England for its generous support and partnership on this event. 

Key speakers

Professor Cynthia Pine

Emerita Professor Cynthia Pine CBE

Emerita Professor of Dental Public Health

Speaker's biography

Cynthia Pine CBE, Emerita Professor of Dental Public Health at Barts & The London, Queen Mary University of London, is a pioneering figure in dental research and education. Focused on oral health promotion and prevention of childhood dental caries, she collaborates nationally and internationally to address health inequalities in disadvantaged communities.


She made history as the first woman to lead a UK dental school in 2003. Appointed CBE for Services to Dentistry, she holds various prestigious titles, including being the Founding President of the European Association of Dental Public Health. Recognised with awards such as the ORCA Prize for dental caries research and the IADR E.W. Borrow Memorial Award for contributions to oral health promotion, Cynthia has significantly impacted the field. Beyond academia, she was named Outstanding Guyanese of the Year by the Government of Guyana, her birthplace. With a wealth of accomplishments, her legacy extends from her role as the first Pro-Vice Chancellor International at the University of Salford to her current Emerita status, leaving an indelible mark on dental public health.

Dr Nick Barker

Professor Nick Barker

Deputy Chief Dental Officer, England

Speaker's biography

Professor Barker graduated from the Royal London Hospital in 1990 and earned an MSc in Restorative Dental Practice at University College London’s Eastman Institute in 2009. Holding distinctions in education, he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Faculty of Dental Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, as well as the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners at the Royal College of Surgeons England.


Nick chairs the Essex Local Dental Network for NHS England, providing leadership mentorship for Health Education England and serving as an expert witness in regulatory and civil cases. Engaged in professional representation, he holds positions on councils for the British Dental Association and is a member of dental societies.


Diverse roles include Honorary Secretary of the Essex Branch of the British Dental Association, membership in the Essex Local Dental Committee, and accreditation as a national trainer for dental companies. Nick is also a member of the British Endodontic Society, British Society of Periodontology, and British Society of Restorative Dentistry.


Notably, since July 2023, Professor Barker has served as a senior clinical policy advisor to the Chief Dental Officer, leading initiatives such as the medicines exemptions programme, dental reform, and medico-legal matters. In October 2023, he assumed the role of Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England. 




Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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