Professor Mike Milward BDS (Distinction in Clinical Dentistry), MFGDP (London), MFDS RCPS (Glasgow), FHEA, PhD

Mike Milward

School of Dentistry
Professor and Honorary Consultant in Periodontology
Deputy Director of Education for the College of MDS
Collaborative Programme Officer for the School of Hygiene & Therapy

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Professor Milward initially qualified as a medical microbiologist before embarking on his dental career. After working in general dental practice Mike returned to the School of Dentistry in the Institute of Clinical Sciences undertaking a number of junior hospital / teaching roles, before appointment as a full time clinical lecturer in Periodontology in 1999. Since his appointment Mike has developed a profile both in teaching and research, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and successfully completing his PhD in 2010.

He was accepted onto the GDC specialist list and promoted to Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant in Periodontology in 2012. In 2017 he was promoted to Reader before being awarded his chair in Periodontology in 2019.

Mike is currently teaching lead for Periodontology at the School of Dentistry and is deputy Director of Education for the College of Medical & Dental Sciences.

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  • PhD; University of Birmingham 2010
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2001
  • Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery; Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow 2000
  • Member of The Faculty of General Dental Practitioners; Royal College of Surgeons, London 1995
  • BDS; University of Birmingham (Distinction in Clinical Dentistry), 1993
  • Higher TEC in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Microbiology); University of Wolverhampton 1984


Postgraduate supervision

Mike Milward is a key member of the clinical trials team based in periodontology at the School of Dentistry. In addition to his clinical trials-based research, he is committed to continuing research aimed at elucidating the mechanisms underpinning the aetiology of periodontitis. He is actively developing a broad range of collaborations with the aim of taking this work forward. He supervises doctoral research on periodontology.

Dr Milward is currently involved in the following research projects:

Effect of dietary supplementation on chronic periodontitis patients (National Safety Associates, USA)
Is primary Sjogrens Syndrome the consequence of an aberrant immune response to oral bacteria? (University Hospital Birmingham Charities Research Grant)
Outcomes of periodontal therapy in rheumatoid arthritis (National Institute for Health Research)
Gums and jointsn (FP 7.0 consortium grant)
FT-ICR MS proteomics in salivary diagnostics (Philips USA)

Other activities

  • British Society of Periodontology Treasurer
  • Calibrated Clinical Examiner for a multi-national company
  • External Examiner for University of Cork and Dundee University
  • Journal and Grant reviewer for a number of high impact peer reviewed journals
  • Member of Oral Microbiology & Immunology Group
  • Member of International Association of Dental Research
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Recent publications


Grant, M, Taylor, JJ, Creese, A, Gowland, C, Burke, B, Doudin, K, Patel, U, Weston, P, Milward, M, Bissett, SM, Cooper, H, Kooijman, G, Rmaile, A, de Jager, M, Preshaw, PM & Chapple, I 2022, 'Discovery, validation and diagnostic ability of multiple protein-based biomarkers in saliva and GCF to distinguish between health and periodontal diseases', Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

Davies, DJ, Hadis, M, Di Pietro, V, Lazzarino, G, Forcione, M, Harris, G, Stevens, A, Soon, WC, Goldberg Oppenheimer, P, Milward, M, Belli, A & Palin, W 2022, 'Photobiomodulation reduces hippocampal apoptotic cell death and produces a Raman spectroscopic “signature”', PLOS One, vol. 17, no. 3, e0264533.

Aral, K, Milward, MR & Cooper, PR 2021, 'Gene expression profiles of mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum tethering in human gingival fibroblasts in response to periodontal pathogens', Archives of Oral Biology, vol. 128, 105173.

Wang, C, Lucas, R, Milward, M & Cooper, P 2021, 'Particle size effects on abrasion, surface polishing and stain removal efficacy in a tooth model system', Biotribology, vol. 28, 100196.

Serrage, H, Cooper, P, Palin, W, Horstman, P, Hadis, M & Milward, M 2021, 'Photobiomodulation of oral fibroblasts stimulated with periodontal pathogens', Lasers in Medical Science.

Abdelsalam Mohamad, S, Milward, MR, Kuehne, SA, Hadis, MA, Palin, WM & Cooper, PR 2021, 'Potential for direct application of blue light for photo-disinfection of dentine', Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, vol. 215, 112123, pp. 112123.

Abdulkareem, AA, Al Marah, ZA, Abdulbaqi, HR, Alshaeli, AJ & Milward, M 2020, 'A randomized double‐blind clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of chlorhexidine, antioxidant, and hyaluronic acid mouthwashes in the management of biofilm‐induced gingivitis', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 268-277.

Aral, K, Celik Guler, O, Cooper, P, Shoker, S, Kuehne, S & Milward, M 2020, 'Antimicrobial effects of boric acid against periodontal pathogens', Ege Üniversitesi Dişhekimliği Fakültesi dergisi, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 20-25.

Aral, K, Milward, MR & Cooper, PR 2020, 'Dysregulation of Inflammasomes in Human Dental Pulp Cells Exposed to Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum', Journal of Endodontics, vol. 46, no. 9, pp. 1265-1272.

Aral, K, Milward, MR, Gupta, D & Cooper, PR 2020, 'Effects of Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum on inflammasomes and their regulators in H400 cells', Molecular Oral Microbiology, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 158-167.

Aral, K, Milward, M, Cooper, P & Guler, O 2020, 'Evaluation of psychological stress and cortisol levels in males with and without gingivitis', Annals of Medical Research, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 1459-1464.

Abdulkareem, AA, Abdulbaqi, HR & Milward, MR 2020, 'In vitro homeostasis of rat oral epithelial cell cultures following withdrawal of periodontal pathogens', Brazilian dental journal, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 135-142.

Review article

Solera Sales, L, Lins Miranda, M, Barros de Oliveira, A, Morandin Ferrisse, T, Raquel Fontana, C, Milward, M & Lourencao Brighenti, F 2022, 'Effect of the technique of photodynamic therapy against the main microorganisms responsible for periodontitis: a systematic review of in-vitro studies', Archives of Oral Biology, vol. 138, 105425.

Abdulkareem, A, Abdulbaqi, HR, Gul, S, Milward, M, Chasib, N & Alhashimi, R 2021, 'Classic vs. novel antibacterial approaches for eradicating dental biofilm as adjunct to periodontal debridement: an evidence-based overview', Antibiotics, vol. 11, no. 1, 9.

Mohamad, SA, Milward, MR, Hadis, MA, Kuehne, SA & Cooper, PR 2021, 'Photobiomodulation of mineralisation in mesenchymal stem cells', Photochemical & photobiological sciences : Official journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 699-714.

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