Prof. Ian Needleman


Ian is Professor of Periodontology and Evidence-Informed Healthcare at University College London, Eastman Dental Institute, London UK. He is also in specialist practice at PerioLondon. He leads the Centre for Oral Health and Performance (www.ucl.ac.uk/cohp) which was awarded recognition by the International Olympic Committee as part of the UK Research Centre for prevention of injury and protection of athlete health. Ian is a Cochrane Editor for Periodontal Health. His research has been awarded prizes by the European Federation of Periodontology, Royal Society of Medicine, German Periodontal Society, German Cochrane Centre and International Association for Dental Research. 

He was awarded the UCL Provost’s Prize for Institutional Leadership in Public Engagement in 2017 and nominated as an inspiring teacher by UCL in 2007. During the pandemic, Ian worked with ICU to develop a Family Liaison Team which received both the 2021 Intensive Care Society Improvement Project and the UCLH Top Quality Patient care awards. Ian was a member of the International Olympic Committee, Scientific Committee for the 2014 Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Monaco, a faculty member for 2017 & 2021 and part of the FDI Sports Dentistry Project. When not injured he is a keen road and mountain runner.