Professor Nicola West is a graduate of the University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff). After attaining her fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Nicola gained her PhD from the University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1995, on dentine hypersensitivity and tooth surface loss. Nicola gained her chair in Periodontology at Bristol Dental School, where she conducts research at an international level, leading the Clinical Trials Unit and attracting substantial industrial funding. Current research interests include: developing research methodologies, periodontal conditions, bone augmentation and peri-implant lesions, the scientific evaluation of oral health care products, tooth wear, dentine hypersensitivity and tooth whitening. Nicola leads Restorative Dentistry at the Bristol Dental School and is an Honorary Consultant.
Nicola lectures regularly in the national and international forum, is an active member and secretary of the British Society of Periodontology and currently is the regional postgraduate tutor for the British Society of Periodontology in the South West of England and European BSP representative. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a UK member of the International Standards Committee and on the advisory board of the British Dental Health Foundation.