Peter Thomson is Head of Dentistry and Professor of  Oral & Maxillofacial Sciences in the College of Medicine & Dentistry. A UK and Australian specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Medicine, he qualified BDS from Manchester University and MBBS from Newcastle upon Tyne, gaining Fellowships in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Ireland and Glasgow and a Fellowship in Surgery from Edinburgh, specializing in Head & Neck Oncology. He completed MSc and PhD degrees in epithelial biology and cancer research at Manchester University, where he was Lecturer, before returning to Newcastle in 1996 as Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

In 2009, he was appointed Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and in 2011 King James IV Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. In 2014, he gained a Manchester Higher Doctorate (DDSc) for oral oncology research, and in 2016 an MD from the University of Bath for his thesis on interventional management of oral potentially malignant disorders. In 2016 he joined the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry as Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery & Academic Clinical Director, before moving to The University of Hong Kong in October 2017 to become Associate Dean at the Faculty of Dentistry and Director of the Prince Philip Dental Hospital.

Author of more than 300 research papers and 2 oral cancer textbooks, Peter is an internationally recognised authority in oncology, with a particular emphasis on oral carcinogenesis, epithelial cell biology, early diagnosis and interventional management of potentially malignant disease and the prevention of cancer. 

  • DS1102: Dental Science Part 2 of 2 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS2102: Simulated Clinical Dentistry Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS3102: Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4102: Clinical Dentistry 3 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
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Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Microfunding Scheme

Bayesian disease mapping to identify the high-risk population within North Queensland and interventional program for oral cancer prevention.

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$19,500 over 2 years
Oral cancer 5-year survival rates have remained less than 50% for several decades, despite significant improvements in treatment. This is primarily due to patients generally presenting late with advanced stages of the disease. Consequently, in many cases, oral cancer is incurable or requires extensive life-changing surgery and chemo-radiotherapy. Early diagnosis through targeted screening of high-risk population groups would result in more favourable survival rates and treatment outcomes. The aim of this project is to identify specific, local populations in Northern Queensland at increased risk of developing oral cancer with a view to developing a target screening program for oral cancers.
Peter Thomson (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Bayesian Disease Mapping; Oncology

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