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

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


  • Dental Surgery BDS
  • MSc in Advanced General Dental Practice (Module Based)
  • BMedSc Biology of Aging module/Dental Biomaterials 
  • Advanced General Dental Practice MSc (Distance Learning)

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


Aral, K, Celik Guler, O, Cooper, P, Shoker, S, Kuehne, S & Milward, M 2020, 'Antimicrobial Effects of Boric Acid against Periodontal Pathogens', EÜ Dişhek Fak Derg.

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.

Milward, M & Roberts, A 2019, 'Assessing periodontal health and the British Society of Periodontology implementation of the new classification of periodontal diseases 2017', Dental Update, vol. 46, no. 10, pp. 918-929.

Aral, K, Berdeli, E, Cooper, PR, Milward, MR, Kapila, Y, Karadede Ünal, B, Aral, CA & Berdeli, A 2019, 'Differential expression of inflammasome regulatory transcripts in periodontal disease', Journal of Periodontology.

Serrage, H, Joanisse, S, Cooper, PR, Palin, W, Hadis, M, Darch, O, Philp, A & Milward, MR 2019, 'Differential responses of myoblasts and myotubes to photobiomodulation are associated with mitochondrial number', Journal of Biophotonics, vol. 12, no. 6, e201800411.

Holder, M, Wright, H, Milward, M, Couve, E & Cooper, P 2019, 'Neutrophil Extracellular Traps exert potential cytotoxic and proinflammatory effects in the dental pulp', Journal of Endodontics, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 513-520.e3.

Walter, C, Ower, P, Tank, M, West, NX, Needleman, I, Hughes, FJ, Wadia, R, Milward, MR, Hodge, PJ, Chapple, ILC & Dietrich, T 2019, 'Periodontal diagnosis in the context of the 2017 classification system of periodontal diseases and conditions: Presentation of a middle-aged patient with localised periodontitis', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 2, pp. 98-100.

British Society of Periodontology, Dietrich, T, Ower, P, Tank, M, West, NX, Walter, C, Needleman, I, Hughes, FJ, Wadia, R, Milward, MR, Hodge, PJ & Chapple, ILC 2019, 'Periodontal diagnosis in the context of the 2017 classification system of periodontal diseases and conditions - implementation in clinical practice', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 1, pp. 16-22.

British Society of Periodontology 2019, 'Periodontal diagnosis in the context of the BSP implementation plan for the 2017 classification system of periodontal diseases and conditions: presentation of a pair of young siblings with periodontitis', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 1, pp. 23-26.

Firdaus, BA, Sharma, P & Milward, M 2019, 'The role of antimicrobials in management of periodontal diseases', Dental Update, vol. 46, no. 10, pp. 952-958.

Serrage, H, Heiskanen, V, Palin, WM, Cooper, PR, Milward, MR, Hadis, M & Hamblin, MR 2019, 'Under the spotlight: mechanisms of photobiomodulation concentrating on blue and green light', Photochemical & photobiological sciences : Official journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology, vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 1877-1909.

Halstead, F, Hadis, M, Marley, N, Brock, K, Milward, M, Cooper, P, Oppenheim, B & Palin, W 2019, 'Violet-blue light arrays at 405 nanometers exert enhanced antimicrobial activity for photodisinfection of monomicrobial nosocomial biofilms', Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 85, no. 21, e01346-19, pp. 1-16.

Flight, R, Landini, G, Styles, I, Shelton, R, Milward, M & Cooper, P 2018, 'Automated non-invasive cell counting in phase contrast microscopy with automated image analysis parameter selection', Journal of Microscopy.

Hirschfeld, J, Milward, MR, Cooper, PR, Wright, HJ, Matthews, JB, Chapple, I & White, P 2018, 'Cigarette smoke modifies neutrophil chemotaxis, neutrophil extracellular trap formation and inflammatory response‐related gene expression', Journal of Periodontal Research.

Review article

Aral, K, Milward, M, Kapila, Y, Berdeli, A & Cooper, P 2020, 'Inflammasomes and their regulation in periodontal disease: a review', Journal of Periodontal Research.

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