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Dr Rodrigo Amaral, the discipline lead in Endodontics, joined the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry and Endodontics in 2022. Dr Amaral was granted the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, followed by a Master of Sciences (Endodontics) and a Doctor of Philosophy at the same institution with high distinction. He received the title Specialist in Endodontics from the Brazilian Association of Dentistry and the Federal Council of Dentistry in Brazil.

Dr Amaral started his career as Lieutenant Dentist of the Brazilian Army at the Medical Station of the 4th Military Region in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He worked for seven years as a general dentist and endodontist, supporting staff hospitals, battalions and dental centres. He was awarded Honor to Merit for the services provided to the Institution and the Military Family.

Over the past 28 years in Brazil, he was in charge of his private dental clinic, committed to providing patients with a high standard of care.

He started his teaching career as an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Endodontics specialization course at Newton Paiva University Centre, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Dr Amaral was granted a scholarship from the Ministry of Education in Brazil, Capes Foundation, for improving Higher Education Personnel to continue his PhD research in Australia. From 2019 to 2022, he worked as Visiting Scholar, Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow and Pre-Clinical Supervisor at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.

Teaching
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS3102: Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS4102: Clinical Dentistry 3 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
Interests
Professional
  • Peer-Reviewer :Journal of Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
  • Peer-Reviewer: European Endodontic Journal
Research
  • The main line of research is the use of Laser in Endodontics and Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy as an adjunct to endodontic treatment in microbial elimination and the use of new endodontic instruments in the chemical-mechanical preparation of the root canal system, with emphasis on microbiology.
  • Research Project financed by Grants, 2020-2021: Root Canal Microbiome Associated with Asymptomatic Apical Periodontitis as Determined by High-Throughput Sequencing. Project supported by grants from the School of Medicine and Dentistry Griffith University.
  • Research Project financed by Grants, 2017–2020: Quantitative Assessment of the Efficacy of Two Different Single-file Systems in Reducing the Bacterial load in Oval-Shaped Canals: A Clinical Study. This study was supported by grants from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES), Finance Code 001 and by Fundo de incentivo a Pesquisa (FIPE) from Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais.
  • Research Project financed by Grants, 2017 - 2019: Use of Technology in Endodontics by Undergraduate Dental Students in the Southeastern State of Brazil. Grants from Centro Universitário Newton Paiva supported this study, and Conselho Nacional para o Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).
  • Research Project financed by Grants, 2008 - 2009: Ex Vivo Assessment of Photodynamic Therapy in Achieving Microbial Reduction. This study was supported by grants from Fundo de incentivo a Pesquisa (FIPE) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais.
Teaching
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Achieved the status of Associate Fellow (AFHEA) In recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education. Fellowship reference PR209320
Experience
  • 2022 to present - Senior Lecturer In Clinical Dentistry and Endodontics, Discipline lead in endodontics, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (Cairns, QLD, Australia)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow, School of Medicine and Dentistry Griffith University (Gold Coast, QLD, Australia)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Pre-Clinical Supervisor Simulation Laboratory, School of Medicine and Dentistry Griffith University (Gold Coast, QLD, Australia)
  • 2019 to 2022 - Visiting Scholar, School of Medicine and Dentistry Griffith University (Gold Coast, QLD, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2019 - Associate Professor in Endodontics and Coordinator of Endodontics specialization course, Newton Paiva University Centre (Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil)
  • 1992 to 2019 - General Dentist and Specialist in Endodontics, Private practice (Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil)
  • 1992 to 2000 - Lieutenant Dentist, Brazilian Army (Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil)
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Honours
Awards
  • 2011 - Honorable Mention: Project: Digital radiology versus conventional radiology and the impact of chemical solutions on the environment, Newton Paiva University Centre, Brazil.
  • 2000 - Honor to Merit ▪ Services provided to the Institution and the Military Family, 4th Military Region / 4th Army Division Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Fellowships
  • 2021 to 2022 - Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, achieved the status of Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
Memberships
  • 2022 - Member IADR ANZ Division
  • 2017 - International member of the American Association of Endodontists
  • 2010 - Member of Brazilian Society of Endodontics
  • 2008 - Member of Brazilian Society for Dental Research (SBPqO) - affiliated to IADR
  • 1992 - Member of Brazilian Association of Dentistry
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