PROFILE

Professor Camile Farah

Educating our future dentists

Professor Camile Farah is the Dean and Head of the UWA Dental School. He is Director of the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, and the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education, a professor of oral oncology, and a registered specialist and consultant in oral medicine and oral pathology.

After receiving his undergraduate dental degree at UWA in 1996, Professor Farah practised dentistry while completing his PhD in oral pathology and immunology. During this time, Professor Farah also carried out specialist training in oral medicine and oral pathology at the University of Queensland.

In 2004, Professor Farah worked with Professor Stephen Porter and Dr Tim Hodgson at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, before returning to Australia.

Through his work at the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research, Professor Farah carries out oral oncology translational research and is an advocate for patients with head and neck cancer.

Professor Farah gained his Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and developed a strong interest in improving the use of technology within  the dental curriculum. He went on to gain a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from University of Queensland Business School in 2013, majoring in Organisational Change Management, Negotiation, Strategy and Leadership of Teams and People. This added to his more than 20 years’ experience in financial management, strategic planning, governance, change management, supervision and staff mentoring.

To further dental education, Professor Farah has worked with the Australian Dental Association to produce educational videos on oral cancer and precancers, and intraoral and extraoral head and neck examinations.

Professor Farah lectures all over the world and is co-editor and co-author of Contemporary Oral Medicine, the authoritative textbook in its field.

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Chair of the Local Organising Committee, 4th Asia Pacific Region Conference of the International Association for Dental Research in Australia, 2019

Australasian Council of Dental Schools Member, 2015 to present

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Chairman of the OMAA Credentialing and Peer Review Committee responsible for Peer Evaluation of Oral Medicine Training Programs in Australia and New Zealand and the Academy’s Fellowship Examination, 2013 to present

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President of the International Association for Dental Research for the Asia-Pacific region, 2018-2019

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President of the Australian & New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research, 2013-2015

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Chairman of the Australian Dental Research Foundation Research Advisory Committee, 2011-2016

Vice President of the Australasian Immunohistochemistry Society, 2011-2015

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Chairman-elect of the Australian Dental Research Foundation, 2016-2018

Recent research

Professor Farah is working on a number of research projects, including:

  • The exomic sequencing of oral cancer and precancerous lesions
  • The role of DNA damage repair genes in malignant transformation of oral potentially malignant lesions
  • Narrow Band Imaging for early detection and surgical margin delineation for oral cancer and precancerous lesions
  • Diagnostic and prognostic biomarker development in head and neck cancer

Over the past 10 years, Professor Farah has received more than $7.5 million in competitive research funding towards his work into head and neck oncology.

These grants have come from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Cancer Australia, WA Department of Health, Cancer Council Queensland, Garnett Passe Foundation, Queensland Government Smart Futures Co-investment Fund, Queensland Dental Board, RBWH Foundation, and Australian Dental Research Foundation.

He also received a further $10 million in equipment and infrastructure funding through the Cancer Research Trust, Australian Cancer Research Foundation, and the Queensland Government Smart Futures Co-investment Fund.

Professor Farah also collaborates with industry and holds educational and research grants for Olympus, in addition to collaborations with Thermo Fisher Scientific Australia and Agilent Technologies.

Funding


2018-2020

National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Identifying cell type specific biomarkers of recurrent oral squamous cell carcinoma and mapping cancer-stroma interactions using single cell biology and cell-to-cell communication networks
  • Forrest, A. & Farah, C.

2018

Australian Dental Research Foundation

  • Single cell profiling of oral squamous cell carcinoma
  • Farah, C., Forrest, A. & Fox, S.

National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Purchase of TapeStation 4200 system
  • Lister, R., Bosco, A., Farah, C., Forrest, A., Fox, A., Ganss, R., Laing, N., Lassmann, T., Leedman, P., Lesterhuis, W. & Yeoh, G.

Australian Dental Research Foundation

  • The immunohistochemical expression of hypoxia and angiogenesis markers in oral epithelial dysplastic lesions
  • Kujan, O., Farah, C. & Shearston, K.

Australian Dental Research Foundation

  • The efficacy of brush cytology using liquid preparations in the diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders
  • Farah, C. & Kujan, O.

Australian Dental Research Foundation

  • Towards in situ tumour margin identification on the micro-scale during oral cancer surgery
  • Karnowski, K., Farah, C. & Sampson, D.

Teaching

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