Gerald McKenna

Cohort: 2007

Institution: University College Cork

Primary supervisors: Professor Finbarr Allen, Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, Cork University Dental School and Hospital
Dr Denis O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, University College Cork

Co-supervisor: Professor Charles Normand, Edward Kennedy Chair in Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin

Thesis title: Comparison of tooth replacement strategies for partially dentate older patients in the Republic of Ireland: a randomised controlled clinical trial

Current affiliation: Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Queens University Belfast
Gerald is the current president of the European College of Gerodontology 2014-2015 and will be hosting their annual scientific meeting in Belfast in 2015: http://www.gerodontology.eu/board.php

Recent and on-going projects:
HRB project grant 2008-2012 (HRB/2008/220) “Developing evidence based oral healthcare for older Irish adults”.
HRB project grant 2010-2013 (HRA: POR2010154) “Evaluation of minimally invasive oral healthcare for elderly Irish adults”.
National Digital Learning Repository Project Grant 2011-2012 “Developing e-learning for dental students”.
Johnson and Johnson sponsored clinical study 2014-2015 (CO_140107150550-CTOC) “Antiplaque/Antigingivitis prevention of an essential oil containing mouth rinse using the 2-week experimental gingivitis model”.
“Oral Health Policy Academic Reference Group”: http://www.dohc.ie/issues/Oral_Health_Policy/

Research interests:
Aging
Gerodontology
Links between oral health and nutrition
Health Economics of treatment provision

Publications:
1. McKenna G, Allen PF, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, DaMata C, Woods N (2014). ‘The impact of rehabilitation using removable partial dentures and functionally orientated treatment on oral health-related quality of life: a randomised controlled clinical trial’. Journal of Dentistry; in press
2. McKenna G, Allen PF, O’Mahony D, Flynn A, Cronin M, DaMata C, Woods N (2014). ‘Comparison of functionally orientated tooth replacement and removable partial dentures on the nutritional status of partially dentate older patients; a randomised controlled clinical trial’. Journal of Dentistry; 42: 653-659
3. McKenna G, Allen PF, Woods N, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, DaMata C, Normand C (2014). ‘Cost-effectiveness of tooth replacement strategies for partially dentate elderly: a randomised controlled clinical trial’. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology; 42: 366-374
4. McKenna G, Allen PF, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, DaMata C, Woods N (2014). ‘Impact of tooth replacement on MNA Score of partially dentate elders’. Clinical Oral Investigations; in press
5. DaMata C, Allen PF, McKenna G, O’Mahony D, Cronin M (2014). ‘Two-year survival of ART restorations in the elderly: a randomised controlled clinical trial’. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology; in press
6. DaMata C, Cronin M, O’Mahony D, McKenna G, Woods N, Allen PF (2014). ‘Subjective impact of minimally invasive dentistry in the oral health of older patients’. Clinical Oral Investigations; in press
7. DaMata C, Allen PF, McKenna G, Cronin M, O’Mahony D, Woods N (2014). ‘Cost-effectiveness of ART restorations in elderly adults: a randomised clinical trial’. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology; 42: 79-87.
8. McKenna G, Allen PF, Woods N, O’Mahony D, DaMata C, Cronin M, Normand C (2013) ‘A preliminary report on the cost-effectiveness of tooth replacement strategies for partially dentate elders’. Gerodontology 30: 207-213
9. Hayes M, Burke FM, McKenna G, Madden J, Cronin M (2013). ‘An analysis of the attitudes of dental patients attending general dental practice in Galway’. Journal of the Irish Dental Association; 59: 179-82.
10. McKenna G, Allen PF, Flynn A, O’Mahony D, DaMata C, Cronin M, Woods N (2012). ‘Impact of tooth replacement strategies on the nutritional status of partially dentate elders’. Gerodontology 29: 883-890
11. O’Sullivan C, McKenna G, Burke FM (2012). ‘Trends in material choice for direct restorations by final year students from University College Cork 2004-2009’. European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry 20: 31-34
12. Howard-Bowles E, McKenna G, Allen PF (2011). ‘An evidence-based approach for the provision of resin bonded bridgework’. European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry 19: 99-104
13. Allen PF, McKenna G, Creugers N (2011). ‘Prosthodontic care for elderly patients’. Dental Update 38:460-470
14. Guiney H, McKenna G, Whelton H, O’Mullane D (2011). ‘Is the shortened dental arch an underused treatment strategy in the Republic of Ireland?’ Community Dental Health 28: 265-268
15. McKenna JE, Ray NJ, McKenna G, Burke FM (2011). ‘The effect of variability in the powder / liquid ratio on the strength of zinc phosphate cement.’ International Journal of Dentistry 11: 679-682
16. Da Mata C, McKenna G, Burke FM (2011). ‘Caries and the older patient.’ Dental Update 38: 376-381
17. Burke FM, McKenna G (2011). ‘Toothwear and the older patient.’ Dental Update 38: 165-168.

Conference papers and presentations:
1. McKenna G, Allen PF, Woods N, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, DaMata C (2014). ’Caries incidence following tooth replacement for partially dentate elders’. IADR General Session, Capetown. Oral presentation.
2. Da Mata C, Woods N, McKenna G, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, Allen PF (2014). ‘The use of ART in elderly patients after 2 years’. IADR General Session, Capetown. Poster presentation.
3. McKenna G, Allen PF, Woods N (2014). ‘Tooth replacement solutions for older patients: a cost-effectiveness analysis’. British Society for the Study of Prosthodontics, Annual Meeting, Dundee. Oral presentation.
4. McKenna G, Allen PF, Woods N, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, Da Mata C, Normand C (2012). ‘Cost effectiveness of tooth replacement for partially dentate elders’. IADR General Session, Brazil. Oral presentation.
5. McKenna G, Allen PF, Woods N, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, Da Mata C, Normand C (2012). ‘Tooth replacement for partially dentate elders: a randomised controlled clinical trial’. European Prosthodontics Association, the Netherlands. Oral presentation.
6. Da Mata C, Allen PF, Woods N, O’Mahony D, Cronin M, McKenna G (2012). ‘Comparison of ART with conventional restorations in older patients: a cost effectiveness analysis’. IADR Pan European Meeting, Finland. Poster presentation.
7. McKenna G, Allen PF, O’Mahony D, Flynn A, Cronin M, Da Mata C (2012). ‘Nutritional status of partially dentate elders: a randomised controlled trial’. IADR Irish Division Meeting, Dublin. Oral Presentation.
8. McKenna G, Allen PF, O’Mahony D, Flynn A, Cronin M, Da Mata (2012). ‘The influence of oral health on nutritional status in older patients’. Irish Gerontological Society Meeting, Cork. Poster Presentation.
9. McKenna G, Allen PF, O’Mahony D, Flynn A, Cronin M, Woods N (2011). ‘The effect of tooth replacement strategies on the nutritional status of partially dentate elders’. European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Spain. Oral presentation.
10. McKenna G, Allen PF, O’Mahony D, Flynn A, Cronin M, Woods N (2011). ‘Nutritional status of partially dentate elders’. European College of Gerodontology, Belgium. Oral Presentation.

Particular knowledge and skills Gerald is willing to share with SPHeRE Programme scholars:
Scientific writing
Poster construction
Research methodology: particularly Randomised Controlled Clinical Trials

Contact email address: G.McKenna@qub.ac.uk