Professor Nicolas Martin

BDS, PhD, PgCert T&L, MFDS RCSI, FDS (Rest Dent) RCS Irel, FDS (Rest Dent) RCS Eng

School of Clinical Dentistry

Professor in Restorative Dentistry

Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry

Head of the Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry

Director the DClinDent Programme in Restorative Dentistry

n.martin@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 215 9401

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Professor Nicolas Martin
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2TA
Profile

I am clinical academic restorative dentist with a keen interest in the pursuit of all aspects of pedagogic, research and clinical domains of my discipline.

As Head of the Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry and Director of the Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Restorative Dentistry, I hold responsibility for the leadership and management of the undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching. In my additional capacity as Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, I provide specialist patient care in fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics and general restorative dentistry.

I actively lead and participate in the pursuit of high-quality research with significant outputs in the form of grant income and high impact publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Qualifications
  • 2014 - FDSRCS Eng - Fellowship of Dental Surgery (Rest Dent) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Ad Eundem) – FDSRCS Eng
  • 2005 - FDSRCS Ire - Fellowship of Dental Surgery (Rest Dent) of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland – FDS (Rest Dent ) RCS Irel
  • 2000 - MFDRCS Ire - Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS RCSI), The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • 1998 - PGCertEd - Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, The University of Liverpool
  • 1997 - PhD - Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Liverpool
  • 1990 - BDS - The University of Liverpool
Research interests

My research interests span all aspects of restorative dentistry, with a focus in prosthodontics and endodontics, in the following three domains:

  • Clinical performance & clinical evaluation studies: The rehabilitation of the compromised dentition with innovative materials and techniques with a focus on the optimisation of the structural integrity of compound restored systems using mechanical (static & dynamic-fatigue) testing, computational modelling, Finite Element Analysis and clinical studies.
  • Pedagogy: Development and optimisation of learning and teaching modalities, with a focus on Virtual Reality Simulation and student learning of operative skills.
  • Sustainability in Dentistry: The environmental impact of restorative materials and single-use plastics in dentistry; remote clinical consultations (tele-dentistry) using super-fast broadband communication and embedding ‘sustainability’ in undergraduate curricula.
Publications

Journal articles

Research group

Current PhD Students

  • 2016-21 - Martin N (PI), Stokes C.W, Maddock S. PhD Studentship: Effectiveness of Virtual Reality as a L&T tool in restorative dentistry (PhD Studentship: Ashley Towers)
  • 2014-18 – Martin N (PI), Gibson B, Thornton S. PhD Studentship: Do dental restorative materials containing plastics act as environmental pollutants? (PhD Studentship: Steven Mulligan)
Grants

Current Research projects and grant income (Combined income > £1,9M)

  • 2019 – Martin N. (PI) Environmental impact of plastic dental restorative materials – Awareness of the problem (R/160767-EPSRC – KE Programme) - £16,415.00
  • 2019-20 – Ryan AJ et al. + Martin N (Co-I). Creative circular economy approaches to eliminate plastic waste (R/157995 -EPSRC) - £1,263,620
  • 2019-22 – Martin N, Field J (Co-PI). VR exercise development and validation (R/156197-HRV) - £129.633
  • 2018 – Martin N (PI), Mulligan S, Armes S. Filtration of microparticulate waste from the dental industry. (R/150245 - EPSRC-IIKE) - £26,000.00
  • 2018 – Martin N (PI). Haptique Realite Virtuelle : 3D Rendering Of Teeth And Maxilla (R/152004) - £6,000.00
  • 2018-Current – Martin N (PI), Field C, Shahrbaf S. Remote clinical consultations in Restorative Dentistry using superfast broadband connectivity. NHS Service Improvement
  • 2017-Current – Ali Z et al (+Martin N) – Evaluation of cast vs sintered CoCr RPD frameworks. NHS Service Improvement
  • 2016-21 - Martin N (PI), Stokes C.W, Maddock S. PhD Studentship: Effectiveness of Virtual Reality as a L&T tool in restorative dentistry (R/146921 - HRV) - £70,285
  • 2016-17 – Shahrbaff S, Hatton P, Martin N (Co-PI). Transforming Electropalatography and Intraoral Health Technologies through CAD/CAM & Advanced Manufacturing). TUoS Clinical Academic Training Pump-priming Awards for Clinical Lecturers - £4,000.00
  • 2016-20 – Martin N (PI), Pollington S, Wood D, Shahrbaf S. Clinical Study 3MESPE Crowns. (STH-18492 - 3MESPE Seefeld, Germany) - £105,215.00
  • 2015-19 – Martin N (PI), Pollington S, Mulligan S, Shahrbaf S. Clinical Study Class II on Ceram.x universal and Prime&Bond Universal (STH 18842 - Dentsply International Konstanz, Germany) - £112,805.82
  • 2014-18 – Martin N (PI), Gibson B, Thornton S. PhD Studentship: Do dental restorative materials containing plastics act as environmental pollutants? (R/137344 - BDA-SGH Trust) - £190,908.00
Teaching activities

Undergraduate BDS

Jointly with my clinical and academic colleagues we lead, manage and deliver the Clinical Restorative curriculum for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery course across the three disciplines of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

We are proud to deliver a very dynamic programme that is continuously exploring novel and better ways of optimising and improving our student’s learning experience. We do this, in response to feedback from our internal quality assurance process, to advances in L&T techniques (E.g.: Virtual simulation), to advances in knowledge, to changes in curriculum policy and content.

As Head of Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry, I have overall responsibility for ensuring the effective strategic direction and the day-to-day delivery of the undergraduate BDS in restorative dentistry.

Postgraduate - DClinDent

Doctorate Programmes in Clinical Dentistry: Endodontics, Periodontics & Prosthodontics

I am the Programme Director for this 3 Year, full-time clinical programme, that consists of three courses in each of the restorative mono-specialties with a con-joint exit degree of DClinDent and Membership RCSEd in the chosen discipline of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

The three courses that constitute the DClinDent Programme are:

  • DClinDent Endodontics – Led by Mr Mark Barber
  • DClinDent Periodontics – Led by Dr. Keyvan Moharamzadeh
  • DClinDent Prosthodontics – Led by Dr. James Field

These unique clinical courses are mapped to the specialty curricular set by the General Dental Council and will develop the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes to enable independent practice of the specialty to the highest standards. The three separate courses are designed with distinct crossover learning opportunities to ensure appreciation of the specialty within the broader context of the practice of restorative dentistry. Learning is supported by cutting edge educational techniques and facilities under the leadership of specialist clinicians in the subjects.

The programme has been recognised and approved by RCSEdinburgh as appropriate training for eligibility to sit the MRD RCSEd examination upon successful completion of the 3 years of study. This can be done as either a con-joint or independent examination.

Professional activities

I am clinical academic restorative dentist with a keen interest in the pursuit of all aspects of pedagogic, research and clinical domains of my discipline.

In my capacity as Head of the Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry and Director of the Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Restorative Dentistry, I hold responsibility for the leadership and management of the undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching and specialist patient care in fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, endodontics and general restorative dentistry.

I actively lead and participate in the pursuit of high-quality research with significant outputs in the form of grant income and high impact publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Current positions of responsibility within the School of Clinical Dentistry & University:

  • Head of the Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry, within the School of Clinical Dentistry
  • Director for the 3-year Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry PgT programme (DClinDent) in Restorative Dentistry.
  • Lead for the Virtual Reality Simulation facility in the School of Clinical Dentistry.
  • Faculty representative for the Health and Human-Interventional Studies Research Governance Sub-Committee - (School of Nursing and Midwifery or School of Clinical Dentistry) University of Sheffield.

Clinical

  • My interests are in the specialties of endondontics, prosthodontics, and the overall restorative management of patients. As such, I am registered on the GDC Specialists of Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics and Prosthodontics.
  • I contribute actively to all NHS-related activities and the NHS-led StR training programme in Restorative Dentistry. In this capacity, I am a clinical and educational supervisor to the StR training programme.
  • I undertake service-improvement research and actively contribute to clinical service and governance activities.