Professor Nigel Pitts FRSE BDS PhD FDS RCS (Eng) FDS RCS (Edin) FFGDP (UK) FFPH, has been Director of the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre at King’s College London, where he also holds the position of Professor of Dental Health, since 2013.
Alongside his work at King’s, he is leader of the Global Collaboratory for Caries Management (GCCM) initiative and co-founder and chair of the Alliance for Cavity-Free Future (ACFF). He is also an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Pitts graduated in Dentistry from the University of London, before moving abroad in the early 1980’s to help set up a new Dental School in association with the University of Hong Kong. On returning to the UK he took up the Directorship of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee where he went on to also serve as Dean and Director of the Centre for Clinical Innovations. He has a long history of researching in and with Dental Primary Care.
Professor Pitts has been awarded international research prizes from the FDI World Dental Federation, the British Dental Association Research Foundation, and the International Association for Dental Research as well as from the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA), for whom he served as president from 2007-2009. He is also a Past President of BASCD – the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry and of the EADPH – the European Association for Dental Public Health.
He has recently been awarded the prestigious John Tomes Medal for his involvement in scientific work in fields related to Dentistry and Dental Surgery.
Over the years he has assembled a portfolio of research and commercialisation grants of over £30 million, has over 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as 93 other published communications to date.