PhD success and publication of landmark study into BMI and periodontitis

31 January 2014

Jeanie Suvan recently defended her PhD and published a related study in the Journal of Dental Research.

Ms Suvan successfully defended her thesis entitled Overweight/Obesity and Periodontitis, the culmination of a five year, part-time research programme. The focus of her PhD research was the investigation of possible modulating effects of obesity on the presentation of periodontitis in adults.

Her primary supervisor was Dr Francesco D’Aiuto and secondary supervisors were Professor Nikos Donos and Dr Aviva Petrie. The research was supported in part by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Services EAME Limited.

Ms Suvan's PhD success was followed by the publication this month of a landmark study entitled Body Mass Index as a Predictive Factor of Periodontal Therapy Outcomes.

The study compared the clinical presentation of periodontal parameters two months following non-surgical periodontal therapy in non-obese, overweight and obese individuals. Results demonstrated that obesity proved to be relevant to treatment outcome in several areas, with the clinical status at two months after treatment less favourable in obese patients.

The paper was published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Dental Research. Read the full text online

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