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Professor Ama Johal, BDS (Hons), MSc, PhD, FDS, MOrth, FDS (Orth) RCS


Professor in Oral Growth and Development (Orthodontics)

Telephone: +44 20 7882 8651
Room Number: Institute of Dentistry


Ama Johal graduated from Sheffield University in 1989, being 1 only 2 graduate students to be awarded a BDS degree with Honours. He subsequently undertook 3 years of general professional training in a variety of posts, during which he completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery RCS England, before being appointed Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics at the The Royal London Hospital in 1993. During his orthodontic training (1993-1996), he completed his Membership examination (RCS England) in Orthodontics and was the only student in the University of London to be awarded an overall Distinction in his Masters in Science in 1995. Appointed Senior Registrar in Orthodontics at Guy's Dental Hospital, he completed his Exit Fellowship Examination in Orthodontics (FDS Orth. RCS) in 1999 and attained a Certificate in Teaching (Kings College) in addition to a Diploma in Management Studies, being awarded a distinction. He also was awarded the Belle Maudsley Prize for his paper looking at 'The Relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Dentistry'; Gunter Russell Research Poster Award by British Orthodontic Society 'Responses to mandibular protrusion in subjects with obstructive sleep apnoea' and The Arnold Huddart New Researcher Medal by The Craniofacial Society of Great Britain for 'The Orthodontist's contribution to the management of obstructive sleep apnoea'. He was appointed Senior Clinical Lecturer/Hon. Consultant at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2000. During which he completed a PhD (2005) into the role of mandibular advancement splints in the management of sleep-related breathing disorders, which was partly funded by Shirley Glasstone Hughes Research Prize Fund awarded by the British Dental Association and a Scholarship Award General Dental Council. He has subsequently been awarded: a European Orthodontic Society Research Grant for evaluating 'The role of three-dimensional fluoroscopy as a prognostic indicator in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea'; Schottlander Oral Research Presentation Prize for the Advancement of knowledge in Prosthetic dentistry by the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry; Chapman Prize for the Best research Paper Submission entitled 'The role of mandibular advancement appliances in the management of sleep-related breathing disorders' by the British Orthodontic Society; Gunter Russell Research Poster Award for 'An investigation of electromyographic changes with mandibular advancement splint therapy'and British Orthodontic Society Research Foundation Award (£42,201) 'Does undertaking orthodontic treatment affect the quality of life of adolescents' A longitudinal study'. A Clinical Orthodontic Research Collaboration. He is research lead in Orthodontics and has established a PhD program in the fields of mandibular advancement splints therapy in obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome and quality of life in relation to malocclusion and treatment. He also is the program lead for the Masters in Orthodontics.

Undergraduate teaching

Former module lead for Orthodontics and Growth and Ageing
Nominated for the Draper’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching Queen Mary College

Postgraduate teaching

Masters in Science Program Lead
Significant contribution to clinical and research supervision of Orthodontic trainees and those training to become Consultant Orthodontists

Professional activities and outreach

Associate Editor European journal of Orthodontics
Referee to a wide range of both Dental and medical Journals
Past External examiner to King’s College Masters in Science Program
Full member of the Angle Society of Europe


Research Interests:

Management of Sleep-related breathing disorders with mandibular advancement splints.
Impact of malocclusion and orthodontic treatment on Quality of life.

Selected Publications:

PhD Supervision

PhD and MSc supervision.

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