Julian Yates is a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
Professor Yates graduated with an Honours degree in Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Liverpool and then Dentistry at the University of Glasgow. He was then appointed as a research associate within the Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Sheffield, funded by a Wellcome Trust Fellowship. This work investigated methods of enhancing nerve regeneration and preventing dysaesthesia following trigeminal nerve injury, and ultimately led to his PhD in 2002. After this period as a research assistant he undertook several hospital posts in the Yorkshire area as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During this time he also gained his MFDS fellowship exam at the Royal Collage of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. He was then appointed by the University of Sheffield as a Clinical Lecturer/Hon SpR in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and went on to complete his ACCOMS training pathway.
In 2006 he was successful in obtaining a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer award – the first one awarded to an individual in a dental specialty, and this enabled him to be promoted to Senior Lecture/Honorary Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Sheffield. In 2011 he went on to become a Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology at the University of Manchester
Clinically his areas of specialist interest are facial deformity, facial trauma, implantology, soft and hard tissue augmentation/grafting and trigeminal nerve repair.
Along with his clinical duties he has continued to undertake research into the aetiology of trigeminal pain/dysaesthesia, methods of enhancing nerve regeneration and developing methods of CAD/CAM manufacture of customized hard/soft tissue prostheses. As a result of the former work, changes have been made to the clinical management of patients who have sustained damage to branches of their trigeminal nerve and these are now well recognised. With regard to the latter work, an established and patented protocol has now been produced for the automated design and manufacture of hard and soft tissue prostheses in patients with facial abnormalities. Both fields of research have been recognized nationally and internationally as key areas of translational research that have directly benefited patients. As a result of this work Professor Yates has been returnable for the last two RAE rounds. As well as lecturing nationally and internationally on his areas of clinical/research interest he has published numerous scientific papers and abstracts, and presented numerous scientific articles in internationally recognized journals/meetings since 1998.
Professor Yates is also heavily involved in UG and PG teaching in both theoretical and practical aspects of Oral Surgery and Implantology. Furthermore he has increased the scope of inter-disciplinary training opportunities for specialist trainees in Oral Surgery.