The Future of Dentistry – Lessons From COVID-19.

The traditional FGDP(UK) Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture will be co-hosted by the College and delivered online this year, and made accessible to the whole of the dental profession for the first time.

Malcolm Pendlebury TD LDS FDS DGDP(UK) FFGDP(UK) was a Nottingham-based general dental practitioner, a founder member and subsequently Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP). He is remembered for his lifelong commitment to raising standards in dental practice, and made a considerable contribution to vocational training. His research work included identifying an enzyme that causes gum disease in smokers, and his wide-ranging interests and experience also included working on behalf of the World Heath Organisation in the quality assurance of examination systems of medical schools in the former Yugoslavia.

As Secretary of the erstwhile College of General Dental Practitioners (UK), he also believed that the general dental profession should establish an independent academic home, an ambition now being realised by the College of General Dentistry.

A much-admired colleague, the lectures held in his memory are an opportunity to discuss matters of importance to general dentistry, and are  one of the highlights of the profession’s calendar.

The 2020 lecture will take place on Thursday 12 November at 7pm, and will be delivered by Professor Liz Kay MBE FFGDP(UK), Trustee of the College of General Dentistry, on the theme of The Future of Dentistry – Lessons From COVID-19.

Prof Kay is President-Elect of the British Dental Association and was the Founding Dean of Peninsula Dental School, where she also led the MBA in Healthcare. With a particular interest in inequalities in oral health, she has published over 180 papers and six books, and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on clinical care, dental education, communication and her research. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s Topic Expert in Oral Health, and former President of the Oral Health Foundation, she also chairs the Shirley Glasstone Hughes Foundation Management Committee, which oversees the commissioning of research in dentistry. Also Vice Chair of the British Medical and Dental Students Trust, Non-Executive Director of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and Editor of Evidence-Based Dentistry, she graduated from Edinburgh in 1982, and was awarded a Master’s in Public Health and PhD from Glasgow in 1984 and 1991. A Fellow of the FGDP(UK), she is also a member of the joint FGDP-BDA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Board.

The lecture will be delivered online via ProDental CPD, and introduced by Stephen Rear MBE FFGDP(UK), Founding Dean of the Faculty.

Ian Mills, current Dean of FGDP(UK) and a Trustee of the College, said:

“The Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture commemorates an inspirational colleague who had a significant influence on general dentistry, and on the establishment and evolution of the Faculty. Though we cannot meet in person this year, I am delighted that we can uphold this important tradition virtually, and that in so doing we can invite the whole profession to join us.”

The event is free for all dental professionals to join, and early registration is encouraged at

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