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Professor Justin Durham

Professor Durham is Chair of the Yorkshire and North East Regional Advisory Committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme.

Justin is a Professor of Orofacial Pain at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Oral Surgeon at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

Justin was appointed Clinical Fellow/Hon SpR in Oral Surgery at Newcastle University in 2003. He obtained his PhD, “Ideologies and outcomes in Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)”, from Newcastle University in 2008. He subsequently completed his Oral Surgery specialist training and also became the first person in the UK to pass the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

He held a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist award from 2012-2017, which funded his research into the care pathways in chronic orofacial pain and was promoted to a personal chair in 2017.

Justin's primary research interests are in orofacial pain both at the first and second translational research gaps. He has wide experience in a variety of methodologies involved in health services research and has received international awards both for clinical and pedagogical research.

He is also keenly interested in helping develop the next generation of clinical academics and is director of Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences’ fellowship support programme for clinicians applying for externally funded research fellowships.