Dr Martin Ling BDS, PhD, MFDS RCS(Eng), MFGDP (UK), RCS.Eng, FHEA

Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology)

School of Dentistry

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Contact details

Department of Peridontology
The School of Dentistry
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
St Chad's Queensway
B4 6NN

About

Martin Ling is currently Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology) within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Martin is researching the pathogenesis of periodontal disease following successful funding from the Oral and Dental Research Trust, British Society of Periodontology and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Martin also teaches undergraduate Dental and Dental Hygiene and Therapy students, and has obtained his Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D Dentistry 2015
  • FHEA Teaching 2011
  • AHEA, Associate Membership of the Higher Education Academy 2009.
  • Part I PGCLTHE with distinction, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • MFGDP(UK), Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2007
  • MFDS RCS(Eng), Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2007
  • BDS, Dentistry, University of Birmingham, 2004

Biography

Martin graduated with BDS Dentistry in 2004 from the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry.

Following graduation Martin completed Dental Vocational Training prior to working as Associate Dental Surgeon within Birmingham, followed by his appointment as Senior House Officer at Birmingham Dental Hospital in 2006.

In 2008 Martin was appointed as Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology) at the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, and subsequently completed his Ph.D. investigating neutrophil function in the pathogenesis of chronic periodontitis. Martin has obtained research funding from several successful grant applications, and has presented his research both nationally and internationally winning the inaugural Dr John Zamet Memorial Prize in Periodontal Research from the Alpha Omega London Chapter and Charitable Trust in 2012, and the Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize awarded from the British Society of Periodontology in 2013.

Martin is involved in all aspects of teaching Dental and Dental Hygiene & Therapy students including lectures, small group teaching, clinical supervision and examination organising and marking. Martin is also an Examiner for the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF RCS.Eng) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Martin successfully obtained his Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2011.

Teaching

Research

Martin is actively researching the host inflammatory-immune response in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease. His specific research areas of interest include neutrophil reactive oxygen species generation, extracellular traps, cytokine release and directional chemotactic accuracy. In addition, Martin has research experience investigating the structure and function of C-reactive protein (CRP) as a systemic inflammatory marker involved in periodontitis and associated co-morbidity. 

Other activities

  • Examiner for Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF RCS.Eng) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Mentor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) for the University of Birmingham
  • Organiser for the Academic Enrichment Programme for the University of Birmingham on behalf of the School of Dentistry
  • Member of the E-Learning and Ecourse Comm ittee
  • Experienced Referee and Reviewer for the British Dental Journal and Dental Update
  • Birmingham University Dental Student’s Society (BUDSS) Staff President 2012-13

Publications

Ling MR, Chapple IL, Matthews JB (2015). Peripheral blood neutrophil cytokine hyper-reactivity in chronic periodontitis. Innate Immun; DOI: 10.1177/1753425915589387

Ling MR (2015). Neutrophil function in chronic periodontitis. Ph.D. thesis; University of Birmingham

Roberts HM, Ling MR, Insall R, Kalna G, Spengler J, Grant MM, Chapple IL (2015). Impaired neutrophil directional chemotactic accuracy in chronic periodontitis patients. J Clin Periodontol; 42(1): 1-11

Ling MR, Chapple, IL, Creese AJ, Matthews JB (2014). Effects of C-reactive protein on the neutrophil respiratory burst in vitro. Innate Immun; 20(4): 339-349

Matthews JB, Chen FM, Milward MR, Ling MR, Chapple IL (2012), Neutrophil superoxide production in the presence of cigarette smoke extract, nicotine and cotinine. J Clin Periodontol 39(7): 626-634

Palmer LJ, Cooper PR, Ling MR, Wright HJ, Huissoon A, Chapple IL (2012), Hypochlorous acid regulates neutrophil extracellular trap release in humans. Clin Exp Immunol 167(2): 261-268

Grant MM, Creese AJ, Barr G, Ling MR, Scott AE, Matthews JB, Griffiths HR, Cooper HJ, Chapple IL (2010), Analysis of a noninvasive human model of acute inflammation and its resolution: the twenty-one day gingivitis model. J Proteome Res 9(9): 4732-4744

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