Neil Cook

Dr. Neil Cook

Research Associate

School of Dentistry

Harrington Building, HA136

+44 (0) 1772 89 3409

Neil predominantly teaches research methods in the School of Dentistry. He recently completed his PhD which took an interdisciplinary approach combining public health, corpus linguistics and journalism to research how cancer is represented in UK newspapers.

Full Profile

Neil received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Psychology while studying at UCLan. He then began working as a research assistant in public health epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences in 2010. He later moved to the School of Dentistry. In this time, he has been involved in research projects utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods, predominantly in the fields of cancer and dental education.

Neil won the From the Earth to the Sun award at the inaugural


  • PhD, From Public Health to Print: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Presentation of Cancer Awareness Messages in UK Newspapers, UCLan 2020
  • MSc Psychology, UCLan 2009
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, UCLan, 2008

Research Activities

Current research activities include:

  • Preparedness of UCLan dental graduates
  • Oral health priorities in older people
  • Use of an Augmented Reality game to promote antibiotic awareness
  • A systematic review looking at circulating RNAs and associations with Motor Neurone Disease
  • A systematic review looking at local delivery bisphosphonates as an adjunct in the treatment of periodontal infrabony defects
  • Use of flipped learning in the dental school

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module Lead: DX4017 Utilising the Evidence Base

Teaches on:

  • DX4017 Utilising the Evidence Base
  • DX4027: Research Strategy
  • DX4006: Research Project
  • MB4002: Advanced Needs Assessment for Primary Care
  • DG2004: Human Health and Disease 1
  • DG3004: Health promotion and Population Studies 2


Kuroski, Jennifer, Rouse, Karen Ann, Cook, Neil, Magee, Angela Patricia and Welbury, Richard (2019) In real life: evaluating primary care based undergraduate dental education in Northwest England. British Dental Journal, 226 . pp. 605-610. ISSN 0007-0610

Turner, Joseph D., Sharma, Raman, Al Jayoussi, Ghaith, Tyrer, Hayley, Gamble, Joanne, Hayward, Laura, Priestley, Richard S., Murphy, Emma A., Davies, Jillet al (2017) Albendazole and antibiotics synergize to deliver short-course anti-Wolbachiacurative treatments in preclinical models of filariasis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 114 (45). E9712-E9721. ISSN 0027-8424

Aljayyoussi, Ghaith, Tyrer, Hayley, Ford, Louise, Sjoberg, Hanna, Pionnier, Nicolas, Waterhouse, David, Davies, Jill, Gamble, Joanne, Metugene, Haellyet al (2017) Short-Course, High-Dose Rifampicin Achieves Wolbachia Depletion Predictive of Curative Outcomes in Preclinical Models of Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis. Scientific Reports, 7 (210). ISSN 2045-2322

Cook, Neil, Dey, Maria Paola, Archer, Dawn Elizabeth and Egglestone, Paul (2016) Cancer awareness messages in the UK print media: a content analytical and corpus linguistic mixed methods study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70, S1 . A9-A9. ISSN 0143-005X

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