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Pekka Vallittu has earned his degrees in Dental Technology in 1988, Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy in 1994, received Adjunct Professorship in 1995 and specialized in prosthodontics and stomatognathic physiology (European Prosthodontic Association Recognized Prosthodontist) in 2000. Presently, he is a Full Professorship and Chair of Biomaterials Science in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland and works as Dean of the Institute of Dentistry at the University of Turku and as the Director of Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre (http:// www.biomaterials.utu.fi). He holds Honorary Professorship at the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam and Visiting Professorship at the King Saud University in Riayadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dental education (theoretical and clinical), biomaterial education at different levels
His predominating research activity on fiber-reinforced composites started from his hobby of model aircrafts and has lasted over 30 years since early 1980´s. The first clinical applications of fiber-reinforced composites were found in clinical dentistry and thereafter in combination with bioactive component in bone surgical applications as non-metallic bioactive implants. Pekka Vallittu has over 550 ISI Web of Science Index original publications and over 160 internationally granted patents. He has been awarded e.g. by the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research by the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), the Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Big Prize and the Bensow-Äyräpää Prize.