Speaker

Speaker

Professor Fortune is Professor of Medicine in relation to Oral Health at Queen Mary University of London .She graduated in both Dentistry and Medicine from University College, University of London. She is on the specialist register for Oral Medicine in Dentistry (GDC), and Immunology in Medicine (GMC). She obtained her PhD in University of London. She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Immunology, and Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine at UMDS (Guys and St Thomas Hospital). In 1998 she was conferred the title of Professor of Oral Medicine at Leeds University. In 2002 Professor Fortune was recruited to the position of Chair in Medicine in Relation to Oral Health at Queen Mary. She has held several senior positions including Head of Oral Medicine at Leeds University, and Senior Lecturer in Immunology and Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. At QMUL she held the post of Head of School, and Dean and Institute Director at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and clinical director at Barts and the London NHS Trust. President of British society of Oral Medicine, Board member of the Royal College of surgeons and awarded fellowships from both the Royal College of Physicians FRCP, and Royal College of Surgeons FRCS. Professor Fortune was the Centre Lead for CDOS which includes Oral Biology, Oral Microbiology, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology .She is currently affiliated to the Centre for Oral Immunobiology and Regenerative Medicine and is the Director of the Behçet's Syndrome Centre of Excellence in London. She led the UK 3 centre bid for the (ERN) European Reference Network. Awarded membership of ERN RITA in 2016. She continues to be an active senior academic within QMUL and nationally. Her primary research interests focus on the role of inflammation and immune related mucosal diseases. She is especially interested in the influence of the genetic profile on inflammatory mucosal disease; the microenvironment changes and the genetic basis of Behçet's Syndrome and translational research within the Behçet's Centre. Other research interests are oro-facial systemic diseases; the influence of inflammatory status on wound healing and the prognosis and the regulation of healing in normal, fibrotic and ulcerative lesions affecting the oral mucosa.