Malcolm Pendlebury Lecture to be delivered online

This year’s Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture will be delivered online, and accessible to the whole of the dental profession for the first time.

Malcolm Pendlebury was a Nottingham-based general dental practitioner, and a founder member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP), serving as its third Dean between 1997 and 2000, and its educational adviser at the time of his death in 2004. He is remembered for his lifelong commitment to raising standards in dental practice, and made a considerable contribution to vocational training. His research work included identifying an enzyme that causes periodontal disease in smokers, and his wide-ranging interests and experience also included working on behalf of the World Health Organisation in the quality assurance of examination systems of medical schools in the former Yugoslavia. As Secretary of the erstwhile College of General Dental Practitioners (UK), he also believed that the general dental profession should establish an independent academic home, an ambition now being realised by the College of General Dentistry.


A much-admired colleague, the lectures held in his memory are an opportunity to discuss matters of importance to general dentistry, and are one of the highlights of the profession’s calendar.

The 2020 lecture will take place on Thursday 12 November at 7pm, and will be delivered by Professor Liz Kay Trustee of the College of General Dentistry, on the theme of The Future of Dentistry - Lessons From COVID-19.


The lecture will be delivered online via ProDental CPD, andintroduced by Stephen Rear, Founding Dean of the Faculty.

Ian Mills, current Dean of FGDP(UK), said:

"The Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture commemorates an inspirational colleague who had a significant influence on general dentistry, and on the establishment and evolution of the Faculty. Though we cannot meet in person this year, I am delighted that we can uphold this important tradition virtually, and that in so doing we can invite the whole profession to join us."

The event is free for all dental professionals to join, and early registration is encouraged at

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