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My experience

Professor Phil Stephens is currently Professor of Cell Biology and Vice Dean Research in the School of Dentistry, Cardiff University, Wales in the UK.  He is also Head of the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair, an externally-recognised interdisciplinary network (est. 2002) consisting of internationally recognised researchers (n>100) from top research rated schools from within Cardiff University.  His research interests in tissue repair started with his PhD studies (Leeds University, UK; 1994) in skin biology and wound healing and have continued throughout his career such that his group now investigates scarless wound healing (oral tissues), dysfunctional wound healing (chronic wounds) and stem cell biology (lineage tracking, customised tissue generation and immunosuppression) within an inter-disciplinary setting (working with engineers, chemists, physicists, clinicians and social scientists).  He has received over £5.5M of research funding (UK Research Councils, industry and charities), has published extensively, his team has won many national/international research prizes and he is currently filing international patents on his research.  He has an active interest in the engagement of both industry and the public in the understanding and exploitation of science and is on the British Society of Oral and Dental Research’s management committee charged with the strategic development and support of UK dental research.

My motivation

Throughout his career Professor Stephens has been involved in many ETRS activities/events (annual conference organisation, invited talks, focus groups) and his students have benefited from the breadth of science at ETRS meetings and been fortunate to have won Young Investigator Prizes.  Hence, his motivation to be a board member is to not only consolidate the society’s success whilst helping it to further develop but also to invest something back in an organisation that has been pivotal in the development of his scientific career.  During his term in office, he would like to assist the ETRS in the development of stronger research links with non-European countries, especially countries where there is rapid scientific development (e.g. China and Brazil).  He would also like to help the ETRS strategically draw on its established network of inter-disciplinary expertise from across Europe (and beyond) to target Horizon 2020 EU funding to drive tangible benefits for the health and well-being of our society at large.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 19:21