Alaa Bani Hani

Alaa Bani Hani

Profile

Dr Alaa Bani Hani (PhD, ORE, Clinical MSc, MFDS RCSI, BDS) obtained the Bachelor Degree in Dental Surgery in 2006. Following that she worked as a General Dental Practitioner for three years before she obtained her clinical MSc in Paediatric Dentistry in 2010. Between 2009-2011, she worked as a peadiatric dentist in private practice. She was rewarded the Diploma of the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 2010. In 2012, she established Save the Children Society at University of Leeds while she was doing her PhD at the School of Dentistry. In 2016, she was awarded PhD in Peadiatric Dentistry from School of Dentistry, University of Leeds. For her PhD project, she evaluated the outcome, cost-effectiveness and treatment acceptance of the conventional and biological approaches for the treatment of carious primary dentition. The project was carried out in collaboration with University of Sheffield. After spending a year (2016-2017) working as a Research Fellow at School of Dentistry, University of Leeds, she was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer and Specialty Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry at University of Leeds and Leeds Dental Institute in 2017.

Alaa Bani Hani is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and is a referee for a number of international journals. She has more than 10 peer-reviewed publications mainly in the field of dental caries prevention and arrest as well as tooth wear. Alaa currently supervises undergraduate dental students` final year projects, Masters and Prof Doctorate thesis in Paediatric Dentistry. Furthermore, she is the trainees representative at the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Ridings Branch and the Academic Early Career Researcher Representative at the Research and Innovation Committee-University of Leeds.

Alaa was awarded the first poster prize at the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry in Turin-Italy (2017) for her PhD work and the second poster prize at the Health Education England Academic Presentation Day in York (2017) for Clinical Lecturers category for her collaborative research project “Raised in Yorkshire: Supporting School Children to Undertake Oral Health Projects”. The latter won the University of Leeds Public Engagement award for doing research in partnership in 2017.

Responsibilities

  • Academic Early Career Researcher representative at the Research and Innovation Committee
  • Trainees representative at the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Ridings Branch

Research interests

Alaa`s main areas of research interest are dental caries prevention and arrest, regenerative dentistry as well as tooth wear. Currently she is a co-applicant on two grants, £75,000 each, obtained from Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) and the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) to fund an innovative in-situ study in collaboration with the School of Chemical Engineering at University of Leeds in the field of tooth wear and another retrospective cohort study aimed to assess the impact of early primary teeth removal in children on future needs for orthodontics treatment. Alaa has more than 10 peer-reviewed publication including a main author on a book chapter (Sports and Energy Drinks, Volume 10; the Science of Beverages) and has presented in over sixteen national and international conferences. In addition, she was awarded the first poster prize (2017) at the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry in Turin-Italy for her PhD work and the second poster prize (2017) at the Health Education England Academic Presentation Day in York  for Clinical Lecturers category for her collaborative research project: “Raised in Yorkshire: Supporting School Children to Undertake Oral Health Projects”. Furthermore, she has supervised an undergraduate dental student final year project titles “Dental students` knowledge and confidence in treating patients with an eating disorder” which was awarded the best research project (2019) at the MChD Annul Research conference-University of Leeds and the third BSPD (British Society of Paediatric Dentistry) Undergraduate Poster prize (2019) in Birmingham-UK.  

Qualifications

  • PhD in Paediatric Dentistry
  • Clinical MSc in Paediatric Dentistry
  • MFDS RCSI (Ireland)
  • Bachelor degree in Dental Surgery

Professional memberships

  • Member of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Member of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry

Student education

Alaa Bani Hani currently supervises undergraduate dental students` final year projects, Masters and Prof Doctorate thesis in Paediatric Dentistry. In addition, she is involved in undergraduate teaching and supervision in clinics at the Paediatric Dentistry Department. 

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