Professor Fiona M Boissonade
Professor of Oral Neuroscience
Director of Impact and External Engagement
School of Clinical Dentistry
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 2159314
BiographyAfter completing my BDS degree at the University of Birmingham and training posts in Oral Surgery, I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from University of Bristol School of Physiology and Pharmacology. Following my PhD I was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Medical Research Council of Canada to undertake research at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. I returned to the UK to take up a post as Lecturer and then Reader in Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry. I was awarded a Personal Chair in 2003 and was the first female Professor in the School.
My primary research interests focus on pain, nerve injury and regeneration, and neural interactions in disease progression and wound healing. My laboratory currently includes one research fellow, two postdoctoral researchers, seven PhD students and two intercalating BMedSci students. The lab is highly international with current members from Italy, Portugal, Thailand, Japan, Mexico and Saudi Arabia as well as from the UK, demonstrating the reach of our research. I lead the intercalated BMedSci course and the Sheffield Pain Network, and am Director of Impact and External Engagement for the School.
I have a major research interest in the mechanisms of altered neuronal excitability that occur under the pathological conditions of nerve injury and inflammation, and which contribute to the development of chronic pain, including that in the oro–facial region. Much of this research has been done at the academic–industrial interface. Collaborations with GSK, Pfizer and Eli Lilly have funded a wide range of pre-clinical translational studies, using pre-clinical models and human tissues to identify and validate a range of regulators of neuronal excitability as potential targets for the development of novel analgesics and anti-inflammatory mediators.
This work is and has been supported by grant income from the EU, Research Councils UK (BBSRC, MRC), industry (GSK, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Renovo) and charities (Wellcome Trust, Action Research), including Industrial Partnership Awards and CASE Industrial Studentships.
I give lectures to undergraduates from the Dental, Orthoptics and Speech Science courses covering subjects including neuroscience and local anaesthesia. I run a series of practicals for BDS students relating to nerves, blood vessels and pulp vitality, and deliver clinical teaching to BDS students in Oral Surgery.
I am course lead for the intercalated BMedSci programme in Dentistry at Sheffield.