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Prof Ailbhe Mcdonald
Room 143 Prosthodontics Unit
UCL Eastman Dental Institiute
256 Grays Inn Rd. London
Tel: 020 3456 1136
Fax: 020 3456 1002
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • Restorative Dental Sciences
  • Eastman Dental Institute
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

  • Dr McDonald was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2007 and Academic Head of Prosthodontics in 2009.  She was co-Director of the MSc in Implant Dentistry 2008-9, Director MSc Conservative Dentistry 2010-12, Director of MClinDent Prosthodontics and MCD Prosthodontics Advanced training Programme 2009- present. Specialty Advisor in Restorative Dentistry North London, Royal College of Surgeons, England 2007-12. She has been an examiner for IQE EDI 2005-7, MFDS RCS 2005-8, MJDF 2009-11. Currently she is external examiner for FFD (Pros) RCSI. Dr McDonald is a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2003-)

  • She served on BSRD Council 2000-2003 and most recently served on REF Panel UoA3 (2011-2014) assessing UK dental research (proposed by British Society of Restorative Dentistry BSRD)

  • She was a Specialty Advisor North London, Royal College of Surgeons, England (2007-2012) ensuring standards are maintained in recruitment and selection. Most recently she joined the Specialist Advisory Committee Royal College of Surgeons, England (2015-)

  • She led on flexible working for the Athena Swan committee that resulted in a successful silver award for EDI in 2016.  Within Prosthodontics she leads teaching learning and assessment using innovative methods.

Research Summary

 Dr McDonald’s research focuses on ageing of dental hard tissues, acid erosion effects and tooth whitening agents on teeth and innovative aspects of care.

 She is involved in collaborative research with the Department Biomaterials and Microbiology (Eastman Dental Institute) and University of Ulster, Heriot Watt Edinburgh, Dental School Dublin, Hong Kong, .

Impact: Outcomes of 3 clinical trials +laboratory base studies have resulted in altered clinical guidelines for patients receiving tooth whitening,

 Research Excellence Framework REF 2013 Panel.  One of 6 dentists on REF Panel 3 (2010-2014) who assessed entire UK dental research outputs (proposed by the British Society of Restorative Dentistry).  On UCL REF 2013 committee.

  public engagement; a) Wellcome Trust’s “On Light” event May ‘15.I presented light effects in Prosthodontics b) Interviewed on Health Today Radio programme Sept 2015, discussed effects of ageing on teeth and challenges of erosion.http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/health-today-radio/Pages/programme24.aspx.  c) As part of International Women’s Day Feb 2016, BDA article to celebrate the achievements of female dentists. https://bdaconnect.bda.org/at-the-cutting-edge-of-dental-research-ailbhe-mcdonald/.

               Development of You tube video in tandem with focus on teenagers at risk from dental erosion (‘16).Working with Arsenal football junior team on sports drinks and erosion (‘16). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5eEO03YPW0

Teaching Summary

research interests overlap with my teaching in many areas thus following the principles of the connected curriculum.

Using educational interventions to enhance patient care (introductory course),she uses a range of teaching interventions including small group discussion, one to one, problem solving reflective learning and debate.

  Introduced modes of e-learning including Moodle and widened the range in which we assess course work in simulated settings, thus avoiding patients as subjects.

  Dr McDonald has expanded her contemporary teaching on Composite resin restorations as with the global down-phasing of amalgam (silver filling material) composite resin materials are more commonly used.   She invested in an intra-oral digital scanner to ensure cutting edge technology for patient care, supervisor and trainee education

Assessment methodology In the introductory clinical skill module the students grade their own practical work and then subsequently meet with 3 staff members who discuss their grading and allocate a mark.  This has worked well to help students understanding of grading and what the criteria are for each grade.  The joint discussion, early in the programme is useful in encouraging the student’s critical assessment and self reflection skills whilst receiving guidance and feedback.

 She lectures nationally/ internationally and led on organising an Alumni meeting Sept 2015 attended by >100 alumni.

01-OCT-2009 Academic Head of Prosthodontics Prosthodontics UCL Eastman Dental Institute, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2008 Senior Lecturer Hon Consultant Prosthodontics UCL Eastman Dental Institute, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
1997   Doctor of Philosophy Trinity College Dublin
1990   Fellow of Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
1986   Master of Science University College London
1981   Bachelor of Science Trinity College Dublin
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