Professor Peter A Mossey

Professor of Craniofacial Development and Associate Dean for Internationalisation


Park Place


GDC No. 57755


Phone Number:

+44 (0)1382381 643

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  • Associate Dean (Research)
  • Dundee Dental School REF 2014 Lead for UoA3
  • Director WHO Collaborating Centre.
  • Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics.
  • Clinical and Basic Sciences Teacher.
  • Research Convenor for CLEFTSiS (Cleft Managed Clinical Network in Scotland).
  • Member of WHO “Global Burden of Disease” Committee.
  • Involvement in the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities research network (GOHIRA)
  • Examiner for Royal Colleges and other Universities.
  • Reviewer for Grant Funding bodies.
  • Section Editor for Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal.
  • Peer reviewer for 10 international journals.
  • Honorary Vice president for UoD Sport

Plays a role within the Dental School and University of Dundee as a Dental Academic and clinical orthodontic consultant, with a broad portfolio in clinical treatment, teaching, research, mentorship, administration and sport. Also involved in both undergraduate & postgraduate educational, examination and scientific commitments beyond Dundee through Royal Colleges, external examinerships, grant reviewing, journal editorial duties and publishing research. Major involvement in research at local, national and international levels. EU multi-centre collaborations, NIH projects and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Craniofacial Anomalies (CFA) means a significant international research remit.

Associate Dean for Internationalisation at University of Dundee Dental School, and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Craniofacial Anomalies. Leader for the Craniofacial Anomalies theme in the WHO Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Birth Defects Initiative and through the WHO Collaborating Centre involved in the implementation of the recommendations of the 63rd World Health Assembly issued in May 2010. Appointed Honorary Secretary of the Craniofacial Anomalies Group of the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network (GOHIRN) initiative August 2012. Established international collaborations and links with craniofacial units throughout the world, involvement in consensus meetings to establish WHO strategies and research projects on treatment, aetiology and prevention of cleft lip and palate, particularly in developing countries.

  • Course Organiser, 3rd, 4th and 5th BDS Orthodontics.
  • 2nd BDS Genetics Lectures and small group seminars.
  • Lectures and small group teaching for 3rd, 4th and 5th BDS students in Clinical Orthodontics.
  • Tutor on the Postgraduate SWOP Programme.
  • Tutor in Royal College MFDS and MOrth courses.
  • Royal College Examiner for Postgraduate students in MFDS and MOrth at home and overseas.

Eshete, M, Butali, A, Deressa, W, Pagan-Rivera, K, Hailu, T, Abate, F, Mohammed, I, Demissie, Y, Hailu, A, Dawson, DV, Deribew, M, Gessese, M, Gravem, PE & Mossey, P 2016, 'Descriptive Epidemiology of Orofacial Clefts in Ethiopia'. DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000003234

Listl, S, Galloway, J , Mossey, PA & Marcenes, W 2015, ' Global Economic Impact of Dental Diseases ' Journal of Dental Research , vol 94, no. 10, pp. 1355-1361., 10.1177/0022034515602879

Garg, P, Ludwig, KU, Böhmer, AC, Rubini, M, Steegers-Theunissen, R, Mossey, PA, Mangold, E & Sharp, AJ 2014, 'Genome-wide analysis of parent-of-origin effects in non-syndromic orofacial clefts' European Journal of Human Genetics, vol 22, no. 6, pp. 822-830. DOI: 10.1038/ejhg.2013.235

Mossey, P & Little, J 2009, 'Addressing the challenges of cleft lip and palate research in India' Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, vol 42, no. SUPPL. 1. DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.57182

Mossey, PA, Davies, JA & Little, J 2007, 'Prevention of orofacial clefts: does pregnancy planning have a role?' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 44, no. 3, pp. 244-250. DOI: 10.1597/06-002

McBride, WA, McIntyre, GT, Carroll, K & Mossey, PA 2016, 'Subphenotyping and classification of orofacial clefts: need for orofacial cleft subphenotyping calls for revised classification' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 53, no. 5, pp. 539-549. DOI: 10.1597/15-029

Gowans, LJJ, Busch, TD, Mossey, PA, Eshete, MA, Adeyemo, WL, Aregbesola, B, Donkor, P, Arthur, FKN, Agbenorku, P, Olutayo, J, Twumasi, P, Braimah, R, Oti, AA, Plange-Rhule, G, Obiri-Yeboah, S, Abate, F, Hoyte-Williams, PE, Hailu, T, Murray, JC & Butali, A 2017, 'The prevalence, penetrance, and expressivity of etiologic IRF6 variants in orofacial clefts patients from sub-Saharan Africa' Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 164-171. DOI: 10.1002/mgg3.273

Butali, A, Little, J, Chevrier, C, Cordier, S, Steegers-Theunissen, R, Jugessur, A, Oladugba, B & Mossey, PA 2013, 'Folic acid supplementation use and the MTHFR C677T polymorphism in orofacial clefts etiology: an individual participant data pooled-analysis' Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology, vol 97, no. 8, pp. 509-514. DOI: 10.1002/bdra.23133

Mossey, P 2007, 'Epidemiology underpinning research in the aetiology of orofacial clefts' Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 114-120. DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-6343.2007.00398.x

Little, J, Cardy, A, Arslan, MT, Gilmour, M & Mossey, PA 2004, 'Smoking and orofacial clefts: a United Kingdom–based case-control study' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 41, no. 4, pp. 381-386. DOI: 10.1597/02-142.1

Leslie, EJ, Liu, H, Carlson, JC, Shaffer, JR, Feingold, E, Wehby, G, Laurie, CA, Jain, D, Laurie, CC, Doheny, KF, McHenry, T, Resick, J, Sanchez, C, Jacobs, J, Emanuele, B, Vieira, AR, Neiswanger, K, Standley, J, Czeizel, AE, Deleyiannis, F, Christensen, K, Munger, RG, Lie, RT, Wilcox, A, Romitti, PA, Field, LL, Padilla, CD, Cutiongco-De La Paz, EMC, Lidral, AC, Valencia-Ramirez, LC, Lopez-Palacio, AM, Valencia, DR, Arcos-Burgos, M, Castilla, EE, Mereb, JC, Poletta, FA, Orioli, IM, Carvalho, FM, Hecht, JT, Blanton, SH, Buxó, CJ, Butali, A, Mossey, PA, Adeyemo, WL, James, O, Braimah, RO, Aregbesola, BS, Eshete, MA, Deribew, M, Koruyucu, M, Seymen, F, Ma, L, De Salamanca, JE, Weinberg, SM, Moreno, L, Cornell, RA, Murray, JC & Marazita, ML 2016, 'A Genome-wide Association Study of Nonsyndromic Cleft Palate Identifies an Etiologic Missense Variant in GRHL3' American Journal of Human Genetics, vol 98, no. 4, pp. 744-754. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2016.02.014

Khan, MFJ, Little, J, Abelli, L, Mossey, PA, Autelitano, L, Nag, TC & Rubini, M 2017, 'Muscle fiber diameter assessment in cleft lip using image processing' Oral Diseases. DOI: 10.1111/odi.12790

McBride, WA, Mossey, PA & McIntyre, GT 2013, 'Reliability, completeness and accuracy of cleft subphenotyping as recorded on the CLEFTSiS (Cleft Service in Scotland) Electronic Patient Record.' Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland, vol 11, no. 6, pp. 313-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.surge.2013.05.003

Little, J, Gilmour, M, Mossey, PA, FitzPatrick, D, Cardy, A, Clayton-Smith, J, Hill, A, Duthie, SJ, Fryer, AE, Molloy, AM, Scott, JM & ITS MAGIC Collaboration 2008, 'Folate and clefts of the lip and palate - A UK-based case-control study: Part II: Biochemical and genetic analysis' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 45, no. 4, pp. 428-438. DOI: 10.1597/06-151.1

McIntyre, GT & Mossey, PA 2003, 'Posteroanterior cephalometric analysis of the parental craniofacial morphology in orofacial clefting' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 40, no. 4, pp. 416-425. DOI: 10.1597/1545-1569(2003)0402.0.CO;2

Ma, X, Martin, C, McIntyre, G, Lin, P & Mossey, P 2017, 'Digital three-dimensional automation of the modified Huddart and Bodenham scoring system for patients with cleft lip and palate' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 54, no. 4, pp. 481-486. DOI: 10.1597/15-340

Mossey, P 2017, 'Evaluating LINE-1 methylation in cleft lip tissues and its association with early pregnancy exposures' Epigenomics. DOI: 10.2217/epi-2017-0081

Alamoudi, NM, Sabbagh, HJ, Innes, NPT, El Derwi, D, Hanno, AZ, Al-Aama, JY, Habiballah, AH & Mossey, PA 2013, 'Prevalence and characteristics of non-syndromic orofacial clefts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the influence of consanguinity' Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, vol 38, no. 3, pp. 241-246.

Little, J, Gilmour, M, Mossey, PA, FitzPatrick, D, Cardy, A, Clayton-Smith, J, Fryer, AE & ITS MAGIC Collaboration 2008, 'Folate and clefts of the lip and palate - A UK-based case-control study: Part 1: Dietary and supplemental folate' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 45, no. 4, pp. 420-427. DOI: 10.1597/06-150.1

Clark, JD, Mossey, PA, Sharp, L & Little, J 2003, 'Socioeconomic status and orofacial clefts in Scotland, 1989 to 1998' Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol 40, no. 5, pp. 481-485. DOI: 10.1597/1545-1569(2003)0402.0.CO;2

Martin, C, Ma, X, McIntyre, G, Wang, W, Lin, P, Chalmers, E & Mossey, P 2016, 'The validity and reliability of an automated method of scoring dental arch relationships in unilateral cleft lip and palate using the modified Huddart-Bodenham scoring system' European Journal of Orthodontics, vol 38, no. 4, pp. 353-358. DOI: 10.1093/ejo/cjw031

Sarilita, E, Rynn, C, Mossey, P, Black, S & Oscander, F 2017, 'Nose profile morphology and accuracy study of nose profile estimation method in Scottish subadult and Indonesian adult populations' International Journal of Legal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s00414-017-1758-4, 10.1007/s00414-017-1758-4

Galloway, JL, Jones, SJ, Mossey, PA & Ellis, IR 2013, 'The control and importance of hyaluronan synthase expression in palatogenesis' Frontiers in Physiology, vol 4, 10. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2013.00010

Rahimov, F, Marazita, ML, Visel, A, Cooper, ME, Hitchler, MJ, Rubini, M, Domann, FE, Govil, M, Christensen, K, Bille, C, Melbye, M, Jugessur, A, Lie, RT, Wilcox, AJ, Fitzpatrick, DR, Green, ED, Mossey, PA, Little, J, Steegers-Theunissen, RP, Pennacchio, LA, Schutte, BC, Murray, JC & NISC Comparative Sequencing Pr 2008, 'Disruption of an AP-2 alpha binding site in an IRF6 enhancer is associated with cleft lip' Nature Genetics, vol 40, no. 11, pp. 1341-1347. DOI: 10.1038/ng.242

McIntyre, GT & Mossey, PA 2002, 'The craniofacial morphology of the parents with children with orofacial clefting: a systematic review of cephalometric studies' Journal of Orthodontics, vol 29, no. 1, pp. 23-29. DOI: 10.1093/ortho/29.1.23


9th – 13th December 2013: Organiser of UKIERI Trilateral Research Project Workshop. Chennai, India

10th – 13th November 2013: Contribution to 6th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities. Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu, Philippines

9th – 12th October 2013: GOHIRN at World Congress for Preventive Dentistry: “Implementing IADR-GOHIRA: making the Action Plan Real”, Budapest, Hungary

25th – 27th September 2013: Organiser of EUROCleftNet research conference entitled “Completing the circle: shared opportunities to address the challenge of orofacial clefts”. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

15th – 17th June 2011: Workshop presentation at Centrinho, Bauru, Brazil

17th – 20th May 2011: GOHIRA Workshop in Arlington, USA

18th – 25th March 2011: Invited speaker at Conference Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

13th – 16th March 2011: Keynote address at International Cleft and Craniofacial Conference, Perth Australia

10th – 15th July 2010: GOHIRA presentation – IADR, Barcelona

5th-7th December 2009: Invited keynote speaker to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMS) Hyderabad, India on Genetic and Epigenetic Basis of Complex Diseases

4th-7th October 2009: 5th International Conference for Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World: Global Burden of Cleft Lip and Palate

10th-13th September 2009: 4th International Conference for Craniofacial anomalies, Fortaleza, Brazil: Genetics of non-syndromic OFC

12-15 February 2009 8th International Society for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial anomalies Pondicherry :  Invited Workshop on the “Indiacran” project

22-26 September 2008: 5th International Cleft Palate Foundation Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.  Plenary presentation: Craniofacial Anomalies – WHO perspective

14-16 September 2008. WHO Global Burden of Disease Meeting Geneva Prioritising a research agenda: Non-communicative diseases

13-17 September 2008, 34th International Conference for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, Padua, Italy.  Keynote Presentation: The International Database on Craniofacial Abnormalities (IDCFA)

11-13 March 2008 7th Indian Society for Cleft Lip and Palate and craniofacial anomalies, Chennai, India. Collaborative research in India – the “Indiacran” project