A leading British dental researcher and educator Paul
Brunton has been appointed dean of the University of Otago's
School of Dentistry.
Prof Brunton, who is director of student education at the
University of Leeds School of Dentistry and serves on its
senior management team, will take up his Otago post in
Announcing the appointment, Otago vice-chancellor Harlene
Hayne said Prof Brunton had an outstanding record as a
researcher, teacher and senior administrator.
Prof Brunton said he was looking forward to further
developing the Otago school and cementing its status as a
centre of excellence for research, education and healthcare,
serving the needs of the population of New Zealand.
Dentistry was ''changing very quickly'', Prof Brunton said.
It was also important to ''keep our research and education at
the very cutting edge of the discipline'', including by
''developing novel technologies and materials'' that would
The school's environment was also ''incredibly important'' in
achieving success, and one of his first priorities would be
working closely with the university to realise the planned
major upgrade of the school's facilities, he said.
He is a professor of restorative dentistry, whose research
interests include operative dentistry, specifically tooth
preparation and tooth whitening, and early diagnosis and
treatment of tooth wear.
In his role as director of student education, he had provided
strategic leadership to curriculum development and innovation
at the Leeds school, including at postgraduate level, Otago
Otago health sciences pro-vice-chancellor Peter Crampton said
Prof Brunton had a ''wealth of experience as an innovative
leader in dental education and research''.
Prof Brunton is president of the British Society for
Restorative Dentistry, and is a member of the research
committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a
board member of that college's Faculty of Dental Surgery.
After graduating from the Leeds School of Dentistry in 1984,
he obtained his MSc in restorative dentistry in 1992 and his
PhD in 1996 from the University of Manchester.
Before taking up his appointment at Leeds in 2004, Prof
Brunton was a clinical lecturer, and since 1997, a clinical
senior lecturer, in restorative dentistry at Manchester
More than 70 of his articles had appeared in peer-reviewed
journals, and he had written four textbooks, and edited
another four, in restorative dentistry, officials said.