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Dr Anwar Tappuni, BDS, LDSRCS, PhD, MRACDS (OM), FHEA


Reader in Oral Medicine/Honorary Consultant and Academic Lead for Oral Medicine

Telephone: +44 20 7882 8655
Room Number: Institute of Dentistry


Anwar R Tappuni is the Academic Lead for Oral Medicine at the Institute of Dentistry, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is the founder and Director of the QMUL Master in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Medicine, the first programme of its kind in the UK.  She is a Member of the QMUL Senate, Research Ethical Committee and the School of Medicine and Dentistry Professional Capabilities and Fitness to Practice Boards. Anwar has several current international and national roles including Council Member and Divisional President at the International Association for Dental Research, Founder and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Dental Research, Member of the Editorial Board of the highest impact factor dental journal; Journal of Dental Research, Member of the Specialty Advisory Board for Oral Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Examination Board for Diploma in Special Care Dentistry, Medical Council Member and Trustee for the British Sjögren’s Syndrome Association, Chair of the BMA/BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group, Member of the BDA Central Committee for Dental Academic. She is a reviewer for the Medical Research Council and for several scientific journals in the field. She leads a multidisciplinary research clinic for Sjögren’s syndrome and is a member of a group developing the National Guidelines for the clinical management of Sjögren’s syndrome. Anwar co-chaired the International Steering Committee and the meeting of the 7th World Workshop for Oral Health and Disease in AIDS in 2014 in Hyderabad, India. She is a guest editor of a Supplement of Oral Diseases for the Conference Proceedings and the first author of the Research Agenda for Oral HIV/AIDS paper. Anwar is supervising and supporting several postdoctoral and PhD projects in her fields of research interest; oral manifestations of HIV and Sjögren’s syndrome. She has developed and published a clinical tool for assessing severity of oral ulcerative disease, which has been adopted for use in several clinical units and employed in clinical trials.  Anwar has been awarded the BDA Roll of Distinction for outstanding service to UK dentistry.


Research Interests:

Oral Medicine Lead for Multidisciplinary Research Clinic for Sjogren’s Syndrome. Current research activities in this clinic include:

  • The prevalence of loss of taste and smell in dry mouth patients.
  • The effect of Sjogren’s syndrome on the sexual function of female patients.
  • The multidimensional impact of Sjogren’s syndrome on the physical and mental health of patients.
  • Several laboratory-based projects investigating the aetiology, pathogenesis and progression of Sjogren’s syndrome.

Other research interests

Clinical trials to evaluate efficacy of different therapies in recurrent oral ulceration and to investigate the serum and salivary levels of inflammatory markers and their relation to the severity of the oral ulceration.

Global inequalities in oral health and disease in HIV/AIDS.

Selected Publications:

PhD Supervision

She is currently supervising two PhD projects; one investigating smell, taste and sexual function in Sjögren’s patients and the other is a double-blind placebo controlled trial of the efficacy of a dental varnish in treating root caries in dry mouth patients. She is also a co-investigator in two industry-funded clinical trials for treatment modalities for Sjögren’s Syndrome. PhD opportunities are available in the subjects of Sjögren’s syndrome and Oral manifestations of HIV.

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