Professor Chris Lynch admitted to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy – the highest academic honour in Ireland
Huge congratulations to Professor Chris Lynch, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI ,who was today (May 26th, 2023) elected to the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), the highest academic honour in Ireland.
Chris is Professor and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in the Cork University Dental School & Hospital, College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork.
Chris is the third dentist to be admitted as a Member of the RIA, the first since 1940. (Edward Leo Sheridan, who become President of RCSI and is forever associated with the Faculty of Dentistry through the prestigious Edward Leo Sheridan lecture, was the last dentist to be admitted in 1940).
A UCC dental graduate (BDS 1999), Chris worked at Cardiff University as Consultant and Professor before returning to Cork University Dental School & Hospital in 2017. With a distinguished track record of excellence in clinical dental education and research, he was awarded the Award of Excellence in Dental Education from the Association for Dental Education in Europe in 2014 - the premier European award in dental education, a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy UK in 2019 and one of Ireland’s inaugural National Teaching & Learning Research Fellowships in 2020. In 2023, Chris was awarded the prestigious international Ivar Mjör Prize for Practice-Based Research from the Network for Practice-Based Research at the International Association for Dental Research.
Chris has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dentistry, a leading international dental journal, since 2011.
Following election by his colleagues, Chris became Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in March 2023. This a Postgraduate Surgical Faculty which focuses on the post-qualification education and training of dentists in Ireland and overseas.
Pictured above: Prof. Chris Lynch, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI, who was today (May 26th, 2023) elected to the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), the highest academic honour in Ireland.