Professor Christopher Lynch is Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI. Professor Lynch is Professor & Consultant of Restorative Dentistry at Cork University Dental School & Hospital, University College Cork. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Dentistry, the leading international journal in the field of Restorative Dentistry (2011 – present). Professor Lynch became a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in May 2023 – this is considered the highest academic honour in Ireland. Professor Lynch was awarded the prestigious Ivar Mjör Award for Practice-Based Research from the Network for Practice-Based Research at the International Association for Dental Research in July 2023. The award is made to recognize scientists who throughout his or her career has made distinguished contributions to practice-based research or has undertaken substantial research with great impact and relevance to the work of dental practitioners. Professor Lynch was awarded a Senior Doctorate (DDSc) by assessment from Cardiff University (2019), understood to be the first such recognition for an Irish-based dentist. He holds a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy UK (2019). Professor Lynch is one of Ireland’s inaugural Learning & Teaching Research Fellows (National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2020). Professor Lynch received the Award of Excellence in Dental Education from the Association for Dental Education in Europe in 2014 - the premier European award in dental education.