Prof Pekka Vallittu

Pekka Vallittu earned his degree in Dental Technology in 1988, his Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy in 1994, he received Adjunct Professorship in 1995 and specialised in prosthodontics and stomatognathic physiology (European Prosthodontic Association Recognized Prosthodontist) in 2000. Currently, he is a Full Professor and Chair of Biomaterials Science in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Turku in Finland, and works as the Director of Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre (www.biomaterials.utu.fi). He holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Hong Kong Pokfulam, and a Visiting Professorship at the King Saud University in Riayadh, Saudi Arabia. His research activity on fibre-reinforced composites started from his hobby of model aircrafts and has lasted over 30 years. The first clinical applications of fibre-reinforced composites were found in clinical dentistry and thereafter in combination with bioactive components in bone surgical applications as non-metallic bioactive implants. Pekka Vallittu has almost 500 ISI Web of Science Index original publications and over 160 internationally granted patents. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research by the Internationational Association of Dental Research (IADR) and the FinnishDental Society Apollonia Medal.