We were delighted to welcome guest lecturer Associate Professor George Dias of the University of Otago, New Zealand, to the Aberdeen Dental School on 6thSeptember 2017. His lecture, entitled Biodegradable keratin biopolymer for regenerative medicine was well attended by both staff and students.
About Associate Professor George Dias BDS MS PhD
George trained as a dental surgeon and then specialised in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His research interests have expanded greatly since his clinical days and his main areas of interest today are:
- Development of a biocompatible, biodegradable bone graft substitute from reconstituted keratin, metal alloys and cellulose.
- Development of new composite surgical appliances.
- Assessment of sintered bovine bone “True Bone Ceramics” to be used as bone substitutes.
- Osteological studies; particularly skeletal responses to pathological and environmental factors in contemporary and archaeological skeletal material.
- Investigation of the detailed anatomy of structures in the head and neck region.
- Forensic facial reconstruction.
While not part of his main anatomy research, George has also found a way to extract protein from wool as a premium food ingredient.