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Full NameDr Gerry McKenna

Department:Centre for Public Health

Organisation:Queen's University Belfast

Webpage:qub.ac.uk

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Research Fields

  • epidemiology/population health research

Postgrad Medical Specialties

  • Public Health

Medical Subspecialties

  • Geriatric Medicine

My Work

I am specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics working as a Consultant in the Belfast NHS Health and Social Care Trust. My clinical duties are based in the Centre for Dentistry, Queens University Belfast where I also provide clinical supervision and teaching for dental undergraduates. I am a Senior Lecturer based within the Centre for Public Health and a member of the Health Services Research and Nutrition and Metabolism Research Groups. My research is centred around optomising treatment options for older patients which positively impact their oral and overall health.

My current research projects include:
1. The impact of a tailored dietary intervention coupled with oral rehabilitation on the nutritional status of older adults
2. Factors affecting dietary change and micronutrient bioavailability in older patients: impact of oral health status.
3. Biomarkers of nutritional well-being in older people: utilising the diagnostic potential of saliva
4. The role of oral health and related bacteria in gastrointestinal neoplasms

Potential Projects

Various PhD projects are available within both the Health Services Research and Nutrition and Metabolism Research Groups at Queen's University Belfast. Potential applicants are warmly invited to discuss their individual research interests directly with Dr Gerry McKenna.

Potential projects:

1. Exploring the importance of oral health in systemic well being for older adults. An increasing amount of evidence suggests that oral health plays a crucial role in systemic well being, particularly in older adults. Opportunities exist within the Centre for Public Health to utilise existing data sources including the PRIME study as well as generating new sources.
- McKenna G, Allen PF, O'Mahony D, Cronin M, DaMata C, Woods N. Impact of tooth replacement on the nutritional status of partially dentate elders. Clin Oral Investig. 2015 Nov;19(8):1991-8.
- McKenna G, Allen PF, O'Mahony D, DaMata C, Cronin M, Woods N. The importance of oral health for the systemic well being of an ageing population. Ir Med J. 2009 Jul-Aug; 102(7):202-4.

2. Utilising patient centred outcomes and health economics to improve clinical research. It is vitally important that both of these areas are embedded into clinical research as illustrated by these publications:
- McKenna G, Tada S, Woods N, Hayes M, DaMata C, Allen PF. Tooth replacement for partially dentate elders: A willingness-to-pay analysis. J Dent. 2016 Oct; 53:51-6.
- McKenna G, Allen PF, O'Mahony D, Cronin M, DaMata C, Woods N. The impact of rehabilitation using removable partial dentures and functionally orientated treatment on oral health-related quality of life: a randomised controlled clinical trial. J Dent. 2015 Jan;43(1):66-71.
- McKenna G, Allen F, Woods N, O'Mahony D, Cronin M, DaMata C, Normand C. Cost-effectiveness of tooth replacement strategies for partially dentate elderly: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2014 Aug; 42(4):366-74.

3. Epidemiology of Head and Neck cancer in Northern Ireland. Through an active collaboration with the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry opportunities exist to further explore epidemiological trends as well as patterns of care.
- Moore C, Killough S, Markey N, Winning L, McKenna G. Oral Health Status of Patients Undergoing Treatment for Head and Neck Oncology in Northern Ireland. Eur J Prosthodont Restor Dent. 2016 Jun; 24(2):58-62.
- Moore C, Killough S, Markey N, McLister C, McKenna G. Impact of Referral Protocols on the Dental Management of Patients Undergoing Treatment for Head and Neck Oncology in Northern Ireland. Eur J Prosthodont Restor Dent. 2016 Mar; 24(1):19-22.