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Dr David Gillam, BA, BDS, MSc, DDS, FRSPH, FHEA


Clinical Senior Lecturer and Specialist in Periodontology

Telephone: +44 20 7882 8665
Room Number: Institute of Dentistry


Dr Gillam graduated from Edinburgh Dental School in 1977 and subsequently gained experience as a Dentist both in general practice, the Armed Forces and Community Dental Services before undertaking an MSc in Periodontology in 1986-1988 at Guy's Dental School London. Dr Gillam subsequently worked at the Eastman Dental Institute for Oral HealthCare Sciences in London (1989-1998) where he was involved in laboratory and clinical research, as well as teaching postgraduate students in Periodontology. On leaving the University environment in 1998 Dr Gillam worked in Industry for several years (1998-2001) initially with SmithKline Beecham (Assistant Director in Oral care), and subsequently with Block Drug Company, Incorporated, USA (Assistant Director in Oral Care). From 2003 to 2008 he worked with a Clinical Research Organisation as a Senior Clinician conducting clinical studies on oral care products. Dr Gillam is currently employed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Periodontology at the Bart's and the London Medical and Dental School QMUL in London (2009- ).

Dr Gillam main interests are in the area of the Management of Dentine Hypersensitivity and currently collaborates with Professor Robert Hill in the development of innovative oral care products, for example, novel bioactive glasses, hydroxyapatite toothpastes and mouthwashes for the treatment of various dental conditions. Dr Gillam has  published over 60 papers and book chapters on a number of dental topics. Dr Gillam is also a referee for a number of dental journals.


  • American Academy of Periodontology (International member)
  • British Dental Association
  • British Society of Periodontology
  • Fellow Royal Society of Public Health (from 2008)
  • Fellow Institute for Learning & Teaching for Higher Education (now HEA)
  • Member of the Institute of Clinical Research
  • International Association of Dental Research (Including British Division)
  • Medical Protection Society

Organisation AOH

Academic staff Senior Lecturer


Research programme D Clin Dent, MSc Oral Biology

Research groups Periodontology, Dental Physical Sciences, and Microbiology

Keywords: Development of dental materials, Clinical trials, in vitro studies. Periodontology, Microbiology.


Research Interests:

My main interests are in the area of the Management of Dentine Hypersensitivity although I have experience in managing a number of laboratory and clinical studies which were designed to assess the efficacy of a number of oral care products. Currently I am working with Professor Robert Hill in the development of bioactive glasses for the treatment of dental conditions in particular dentine hypersensitivity. To date I have published over 50 papers on various dental topics.


Full list of publications can be found at

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