Health Coach on the road to FREEDOM: supporting self-management for prevention of oral and other NCDs

Professor Peter Mossey
Organising Department: 
Division of Population Health Sciences
University of Dundee, Dental School
Wednesday, 14 March, 2018 - 13:00
Tanis Drummond Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Ninewells

Professor Peter Mossey biography:

Position and role: Professor of Craniofacial Development and Consultant in Orthodontics, University of Dundee Dental School. Currently Associate Dean for Internationalisation University of Dundee Dental School and Director, World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Craniofacial Anomalies

Current Responsibilities:

  1. Professor and Consultant in Orthodontics
  2. Director of WHO Collaborating Centre on Craniofacial Anomalies
  3. Associate Dean for Internationalisation, Dundee University Dental School
  4. Hon. Secretary IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network
  5. Chair of IADR Science Information Committee
  6. Chair of European Reference Network Committee on “Standards of Care” for rare craniofacial anomalies

Research Leadership: After two decades of research in the field of birth defects and with WHO Collaborating Centre status since 2014, and of national and international collaboration, I feel that I am well placed to undertake the responsibility of Director for this global health Challenge on this behalf of my colleagues for this NIHR proposal. For the last 20 years, I have been leading local, national, European and global research in the field of birth defects, particularly craniofacial anomalies and cleft lip and palate which includes the following.  Convenor of research group in Cleft Care Scotland and Leader for the Craniofacial Anomalies theme in the WHO Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Birth Defects initiative arising from the recommendations of the 63rd World Health Assembly in May 2010. Chaired the Craniofacial Anomalies Group of the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Agenda (GOHIRN) and was appointed honorary secretary of the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network in August 2012. Chair of the international Task Force on epidemiology, aetiology and prevention of cleft lip and palate in June 2013. Through the WHO Collaborating Centre international collaborations and links with craniofacial units throughout the world have been established, involvement in consensus meetings to establish WHO strategies and research projects on treatment etiology and prevention of cleft lip and palate, particularly in developing countries. . Prolific publisher in this field with 47 peer reviewed publications in the last 5 years, and in the same period supervised 8 doctorate students and 8 Masters projects.


The UoD WHO Collaborating Centre at the School of Dentistry has, since 2004 engaged with a range of other stakeholders across the world to deliver a set of agreed terms of reference (ToR) designed to improve health locally and globally. For a decade this was mainly focused on finding out more about craniofacial and oral diseases, their risk factors and working with the UK Centre for Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD) determining the most effective ways to treat them. In more recent times however, it has become clear that (a) oral diseases do not exist in isolation from other NCDs and (b) intervention will result in spiraling diagnostic and therapeutic costs and will never eradicate or even reduce the prevalence of NCDs.

Utilising multi-disciplinary expertise across the UoD Campus and with outside partners including links to the developing world such as Public Health Foundation India (PHFI) it may be possible to co-develop a model that will train healthcare professionals to enhance skills and core competencies on sustainable behavioural management. If this model can be shown to be effective and implemented in public health capacity building programs, it might enable health care to be delivered cost effectively in the developed and developing world alike.


School of Medicine
Medical Research Institute
Division of Population Health Sciences