Mr Jon Bennett
Profiles

Mr Jon Bennett

Associate Director of Undergraduate Dental Studies

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

  • Academic lead in the Basic Sciences, the Applied Diagnostic Sciences and Pathology (including Oral Pathology) as applied to Dentistry
  • Module Lead - Integrated Dental Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc Hons (University of London. 1977)
  • BDS (University of London. 1981)    
  • MA (University of London. 2004)
  • MEd (University of Exeter. 2013) 
  • DPhil (University of Oxford. 1991)
  • FDSRCSEng (Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 1986)
  • MFGDPRCSEng (Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 2016) (ad eundem)
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2002)
  • FAoME (Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. 2015)

Professional membership

  • General Dental Council (GDC) -  Full Registration no: 55636
  • British Dental Association (BDA)
  • British/International Associations for Oral and Dental Research (BSODR/IADR)
  • British/International Associations for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (BSOMP/IAOP)
  • Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry (ABSTD)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
  • Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts (RSA)

Roles on external bodies

  • Examiner, Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England: 1996-date
  • External Examiner, University of Dundee: 2017-date
  • External Examiner, University of Leeds: 2017-date
  • Immediate Past President: Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry: 2018-date
  • Assistant Editor - Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Teaching interests

  • Basic Medical Science as applied to Dentistry with particular emphasis on Anatomy and Physiology
  • Applied Clinical Science contextualised to the needs of primary care and secondary care Dentistry with special emphasis on General Pathology, Oral Medicine and Pathology and the biological mechanisms of human disease processes
  • Contemporary approaches to student learning and assessment in the basic and applied medical sciences
  • Research informed teaching

Research interests

Historically, my research has been in the areas of Oral Pathology and Bone Biology at University College London and the University of Oxford.  Following appointment to a teaching role at Peninsula Dental School at its inception 2007 to develop the basic and clinical sciences in the new BDS programme, I have sought to foster links with biomedical science colleagues in the University of Plymouth, to identify common interests and a shared research vision. This has lead to the establishment of several projects themed around interactions of bacterial products (e.g. Lipopolysaccharides) with oral tissues, and has contributed to the establishment of this area as a growing theme within Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD). Although primarily in a teaching role I have lectured widely in the UK and overseas and have  regularly presented at international meetings and conferences. Furthermore, since arriving in Plymouth I have co-supervised three successful PhD's.

From an educational perspective, I have been instrumental in introducing novel methods of assessment to the dental curriculum, notably progress testing, believed to be the first time this assessment strategy has been used as a summative tool in Dentistry.

My current research interests include...

1. Interactions between physical and biological factors in the oral environment and the oral tissues

2. Assessment of basic and applied science knowledge in contemporary problem based curricula


Research degrees awarded to supervised students


Recent Theses - Details of Masters/PhD degree completions prior to 2010 will be provided on request

• Belfield L. A.  ‘Interactions between Porphyromonas gingivalis and macrophages in Oral Pathology’ PhD – 2013

• Triner J.C.  ‘Defining neurochemical properties and functions of primary sensory neurons in the rat trigeminal ganglion’ PhD – 2013

• Helley M. ‘Toll-like receptor expression and signalling in rat trigeminal neurones: Consequences for oral infection and mechanisms of orofacial pain’ PhD - 2016


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Selected Papers  - A full list of publications together with details of published research abstracts, invited lectures and conference papers is available on request (last updated - 24th December 2017).


1. Belfield L.A., Bennett J.H., Abate W., Jackson S.K. (2017) Exposure to Porphyromonas gingivalis LPS during macrophage polarisation leads to diminished inflammatory cytokine production. Archives of Oral Biology. V81. pp 41-47. doi:10.1016/j.archoralbio.2017.04.021 

2. Helley M.P.,  Abate A., ,  Bennett J.H.,  Thompson S.W.N. (2015)  The expression of Toll-like receptors and co-receptors in neurochemical sub-populations of mammalian trigeminal & dorsal root ganglion sensory neurons. Neuroscience. 310, 686-698. 

3. Ali K., Coombes L, Kay E.J.; Tredwin C., Jones G. Ricketts C.,  Bennett J.H.  (2016) Progress Testing in Undergraduate Dental Education: The Peninsula Experience and Future Opportunities. European J. of Dental Education. V20(3). pp 129-134.

4. Bennett, J., Freeman, A., Coombes, L., Kay, L., & Ricketts, C. (2010). Adaptation of medical progress testing to a dental setting.. Med Teach, 32(6), 500-502. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2010.486057

5. Zolfaghari, P. S., Packer, S., Singer, M., Nair, S. P., Bennett, J., Street, C., Wilson, M. (2009). In vivo killing of Staphylococcus aureus using a light-activated antimicrobial agent.. BMC Microbiol, 9, 27. doi:10.1186/1471-2180-9-27

6. Kay, E., & Bennett, J. (2010). Evidence-informed dental student recruitment techniques. British Dental Journal, 208(3), 127-131.

7. Bennett, J. H., Bennett, E. R., Lowry, J., & Derry, J. (2005). Defining the educational needs of recent dental graduates preparing for the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery examination. Br Dent J, Suppl, 21-25. doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.4812788

8. Patrikidou A., Abou-Sleiman P., Bennett J., Delhanty J. D. A., Harris M. (2002) A novel, de novo germline TP53 mutation in a rare presentation of the Li-Fraumeni syndrome in the maxilloafcial area. Oral Oncology. V38. pp 383-390.

9. Bennett, J. H., Moffatt, S., & Horton, M. (2001). Cell adhesion molecules in human osteoblasts: structure and function.. Histol Histopathol, 16(2), 603-611. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11332716

10.  Bennett, J. H., Carter, D. H., Alavi, A. L., Beresford, J. N., & Walsh, S. (2001). Patterns of integrin expression in a human mandibular explant model of osteoblast differentiation.. Arch Oral Biol, 46(3), 229-238. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11165569

11. Bennett, J. H., Thomas, G., Evans, A. W., & Speight, P. M. (2000). Osteosarcoma of the jaws: A 30-year retrospective review. Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology and Endodontology, 90(3), 323-333. doi:10.1067/moe.2000.108274

12. Bennett, J. H., Morgan, M. J., Whawell, S. A., Atkin, P., Roblin, P., Furness, J., Speight, P. M. (2000). Metalloproteinase expression in normal and malignant oral keratinocytes: stimulation of MMP-2 and -9 by scatter factor.. Eur J Oral Sci, 108(4), 281-291. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10946762

13. Goodman, J. R., Gelbier, M. J., Bennett, J. H., & Winter, G. B. (1998). Dental problems associated with hypophosphataemic vitamin D resistant rickets.. Int J Paediatr Dent, 8(1), 19-28. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9558542

14. Ketabchi, A., MacRobert, A., Speight, P. M., & Bennett, J. H. (1998). Induction of apoptotic cell death by photodynamic therapy in human keratinocytes.. Arch Oral Biol, 43(2), 143-149. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9602293

15. Crean S. J., Bryant C., Bennett J. H., Harris M. (1996) Four cases of Polymorphous Low Grade Adenocarcinoma. International J. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - V25. pp 40-44.

16. Bennett, J. H., Shousha, S., Puddle, B., & Athanasou, N. A. (1995). Immunohistochemical identification of tumours of adipocytic differentiation using an antibody to aP2 protein.. J Clin Pathol, 48(10), 950-954. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8537497

17. Bennett, J. H., Hunt, P., & Thorogood, P. (1995). Bone morphogenetic protein-2 and -4 expression during murine orofacial development.. Arch Oral Biol, 40(9), 847-854. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8651889

18. Barrett, A. W., Bennett, J. H., & Speight, P. M. (1995). A clinicopathological and immunohistochemical analysis of primary oral mucosal melanoma.. Eur J Cancer B Oral Oncol, 31B(2), 100-105. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7633281

19. Beresford J.N, Bennett J. H., Devlin C., LeBoy P., Owen M. E. (1992)  Evidence for an inverse relationship between the differentiation of adipocytic and osteogenic cells in rat marrow stromal cell cultures. J. Cell Science - V102. pp 341-351.

20. Bennett J. H., Joyner C. J., Triffitt J. T., Owen M. E. (1991) Marrow Adipocytes and Fibroblasts have Osteogenic Potential. J. of Cell Science - V99. pp 131-139. http://jcs.biologists.org/content/99/1/131.full.pdf

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Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Zahra D, Belfield L, Bennett J, Zaric S & Mcilwaine C 2018 'The benefits of integrating dental and dental therapy and hygiene students in undergraduate curricula' European Journal of Dental Education Author Site , DOI PEARL
Mighell AJ, Freeman C, Atkin PA, Bennett JH, Buchanan JAG, Carrozzo M, Crighton AJ, Escudier MP, Gibson J 2018 'Oral Medicine for undergraduate dental students in the United Kingdom and Ireland-A curriculum' European Journal of Dental Education 22, (4) e661-e668 , DOI
Atkin PA, Thomas S, Cook RJ, Greenwood M, Bennett JH, Willis A, Donachie C, Ni Riordain R, Galvin S 2018 'Human Disease/Clinical Medical Sciences in Dentistry: Current state and future directions of undergraduate teaching in the UK and Ireland' European Journal of Dental Education , DOI
Helley MP, Abate W, Jackson SK, Bennett JH & Thompson SWN 2015 'The expression of Toll-like receptor 4, 7 and co-receptors in neurochemical sub-populations of rat trigeminal ganglion sensory neurons' Neuroscience 310, 686-698 , DOI PEARL
Ali K, Coombes L, Kay E, Tredwin C, Jones G, Ricketts C & Bennett J 2015 'Progress testing in undergraduate dental education: the Peninsula experience and future opportunities' European Journal of Dental Education 20, (3) 129-134 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Bennett J & Beeley JA 2013 'ADEE meetings focus on the basic sciences: meeting reports' European Journal of Dental Education 17, (2) 72-72 , DOI
Kay E, Bennett J, Allison P & Coombes LR 2010 'Evidence-informed dental student recruitment techniques' British Dental Journal 208, (3) 127-131 , DOI
Bennett J, Freeman A, Coombes L, Kay L & Ricketts C 2010 'Adaptation of medical progress testing to a dental setting' Med Teach 32, (6) 500-502 Author Site , DOI
Kay E & Bennett J 2010 'Evidence-informed dental student recruitment techniques' British Dental Journal 208, (3) 127-131
Zolfaghari PS, Packer S, Singer M, Nair SP, Bennett J, Street C & Wilson M 2009 'In vivo killing of Staphylococcus aureus using a light-activated antimicrobial agent' BMC Microbiol 9, Author Site , DOI
Bennett JH, Bennett ER, Lowry J & Derry J 2005 'Defining the educational needs of recent dental graduates preparing for the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery examination' Br Dent J Suppl, 21-25 Author Site , DOI
Patrikidou A, Abou-Sleiman P, Bennett J, Delhanty JDA & Harris M 2002 'A novel, de novo germline TP53 mutation in a rare presentation of the Li-Fraumeni syndrome in the maxillofacial area' Oral Oncology 38, 383-390
Crean S, Adams R, Coonar H & Bennett J 2002 'Sub-lingual gland involvement in systemic Wegener's granulomatosis - a case report' International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 31, 104-106
Hartley JC, Kaye S, Stevenson S, Bennett J & Ridgway G 2001 'PCR Detection and Molecular Identification of Chlamydiaceae Species' Journal of Clinical Microbiology 39, (9) 3072-3079 , DOI
Bennett JH, Moffatt S & Horton M 2001 'Cell adhesion molecules in human osteoblasts: structure and function' Histol Histopathol 16, (2) 603-611 Author Site , DOI
Bennett JH, Carter DH, Alavi AL, Beresford JN & Walsh S 2001 'Patterns of integrin expression in a human mandibular explant model of osteoblast differentiation' Arch Oral Biol 46, (3) 229-238 Author Site
Bennett JH, Thomas G, Evans AW & Speight PM 2000 'Osteosarcoma of the jaws: A 30-year retrospective review' ORAL SURGERY ORAL MEDICINE ORAL PATHOLOGY ORAL RADIOLOGY AND ENDODONTOLOGY 90, (3) 323-333 Author Site , DOI
Gadhavi A, Wilson M, Tabona P, Newman HN, Henderson B & Bennett JH 2000 'Inhibition of mitosis and induction of apoptosis in MG63 human osteosarcoma-derived cells in vitro by surface proteins from Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomintans' Arch Oral Biol 45, (8) 707-711 Author Site
Bennett JH, Morgan MJ, Whawell SA, Atkin P, Roblin P, Furness J & Speight PM 2000 'Metalloproteinase expression in normal and malignant oral keratinocytes: stimulation of MMP-2 and -9 by scatter factor' Eur J Oral Sci 108, (4) 281-291 Author Site
Velasquez-Smith MT, Mason C, Coonar H & Bennett J 1999 'Nasopalatine cyst in an eight year old child' International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 9, (2) 123-127
Goodman JR, Gelbier MJ, Bennett JH & Winter GB 1998 'Dental problems associated with hypophosphataemic vitamin D resistant rickets' Int J Paediatr Dent 8, (1) 19-28 Author Site
Ketabchi A, MacRobert A, Speight PM & Bennett JH 1998 'Induction of apoptotic cell death by photodynamic therapy in human keratinocytes' Arch Oral Biol 43, (2) 143-149 Author Site
Robinson P, Farthing P, Scott GM & Bennett JH 1996 'Oral Mycobacterium avium complex infection in a patient with HIV-related disease. A case report' Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 81, (2) 177-179 Author Site
Crean SJ, Bryant C, Bennett JH & Harris M 1996 'Four cases of Polymorphous Low Grade Adenocarcinoma' International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25, 40-44
Coonar A, Crean SJ & Bennett J 1996 'Rhinolith in a Cleft Palate Patient: A Case Report' Dental Update. 23, 330-332
Bennett JH, Shousha S, Puddle B & Athanasou NA 1995 'Immunohistochemical identification of tumours of adipocytic differentiation using an antibody to aP2 protein' J Clin Pathol 48, (10) 950-954 Author Site , DOI
Bennett JH, Hunt P & Thorogood P 1995 'Bone morphogenetic protein-2 and -4 expression during murine orofacial development' Arch Oral Biol 40, (9) 847-854 Author Site
Barrett AW, Bennett JH & Speight PM 1995 'A clinicopathological and immunohistochemical analysis of primary oral mucosal melanoma' Eur J Cancer B Oral Oncol 31B, (2) 100-105 Author Site
Bennett JH, Jones J & Speight PM 1993 'Odontogenic squamous cell carcinoma with osseous metaplasia' J Oral Pathol Med 22, (6) 286-288 Author Site
Thompson BM, Bennett J, Dean V, Triffitt J & Meikle MC 1993 'Preliminary characterization of porcine bone marrow cells: osteogenic potential, colony forming activity and response to dexamethasone, Transforming Growth Factor Beta and basic Fibroblastic Growth Factor' Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 8, (10) 1173-1183
Joyner CJ, Virdi AS, Beresford JN, Bennett JH, Owen ME & Triffitt JT 1992 'Characterization of a monoclonal antibody reacting with bone keratan sulphate proteoglycan: Expression of this antigen in osteogenic tissues derived from cloned marrow stromal cells' Connective Tissue Research 28, 205-212
Beresford JN, Bennett JH, Devlin C, LeBoy P & Owen ME 1992 'Evidence for an inverse relationship between the differentiation of adipocytic and osteogenic cells in rat marrow stromal cell cultures' Journal of Cell Science 102, 341-351
Bennett JH, Joyner CJ, Triffit JT & Owen ME 1991 'Marrow Adipocytes and Fibroblasts have Osteogenic Potential' Journal of Cell Science 99, 131-139 Publisher Site
Barling PM, Bennett JH, Triffitt JT & Owen ME 1989 'The adenylate cyclase response to parathyroid hormone in cultured marrow fibroblastic cells' Bone and Mineral 7, 23-30
Bennett J & Shankar S 1984 'Gingival bleeding as the presenting feature of multiple-myeloma' British Dental Journal 157, (3)
Reviews
Bennett JH 2002 'The biology of bone healing: contemporary aspects and clinical advances' Dentistry - Continuing Professional Development 3, (2) 43-47
Bennett JH 1988 'Paget's Disease of Bone: An Update and Dental Aspects' Dental Update 15, 299-302
Letters
Patrikidou A, Harris M, Bennett J, Abou-Sleiman P & Delhanty JD 2001 'Comment on: Prime S. S. et al. "A review of inherited cancer syndromes and their relevance to oral squamous cell carcinoma" Oral Oncology. V37(1). pp 1-16' Oral Oncology 38, (2) 216-217
Rapid communications
Beeley JA & Bennett JH 2011 'Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry (ABSTD) – European meetings' European Journal of Dental Education 15, (1) 1-2