Dr Ryan Lee is a lecturer in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at the School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Griffith University. He is also a part-time PhD candidate at the same institute, researching the effects of different implant surface characteristics on osseous healing and early inflammation in diabetic conditions. Ryan is actively involved in numerous research projects, collaborating with national and international research institutes.
Ryan graduated with Bachelor of Medical Science (USYD, 2001) and Bachelor of Dentistry (USYD, 2005). He subsequently completed his specialist training in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, UK. Ryan was awarded of a Master of Clinical Dentistry (Periodontology) with Distinction and a Certificate in Periodontology by the European Federation of Periodontology in 2011.
Modified implant surfaces in compromised conditions
Diabetic conditions greatly increased the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines during early osseous healing stages. The modSLA surface (SLActive) was shown to promote an M2-like macrophage phenotypic response in a significantly elevated inflammatory environments, uncontrolled type I & type II diabetes. Modulation of the macrophage phenotype by the modSLA surface in the early healing period appears to positively influence osseous healing under both healthy and uncontrolled diabetic conditions.