Faculty of Dentistry University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry


Professor Jules Kieser

Jules KieserBSc, BDS, PhD, FLS
Head of Department
Department of Oral Sciences


Prof. Kieser is involved in the development of several collaborative research projects.

1. Temporomandibular Joint research with George Dias of the Anatomy Department has gone from strength to strength. Having completed the gross anatomical phase of work, we are now preparing to analyse our experimental results and are also going to investigate the distribution of retro-articular fibres by means of confocal microscopy.

2. Dental Wear. This project, with collaboration from John Kaidonis of Adelaide University and also John Dennison and Nancy Tales of the Anatomy Department, has flourished with the help of Andrea Kelsen and Robert Love. To date we have demonstrated the high prevalence of erosive wear in the early Maori and also the effect of massive surface loss on the generation of intra-bony lesions.

3. Forensic dentistry has provided some cases of interest with a new interdivisional research project aimed at the admissibility of expert forensic evidence. The team consists of Jules, Donna Buckingham of the Faculty of Law, Peter Herbison and John Kittelson of the Dunedin School of Medicine, and Gordon Becket of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

4. Education research continues with special reference to our Context Rich Problems, their introduction and evaluation, and also the problems of student anxiety and how the new curriculum has affected this. Collaborators are Tom Kardos, and Grant Townsend and Tracy Winning from Adelaide University. The Longitudinal Curriculum Survey has now entered its third year, in collaboration with Bernadette Drummond and Murray Thomson.


JA Kieser in association with V Burgess, T Winning and G. Townsend was awarded a CUTSD National Teaching Development Grant.

Selected Publications

Dental and maxillofacial injuries among older New Zealanders. Thomson
WM, Stephenson S, Kieser JA, Langley JD. International Journal of
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (In Press)

The intrabony course of the inferior alveolar nerve in the edentulous
mandible. Kieser JA, Paulin M, Law B. Clinical Anatomy (In Press).

The Down Syndrome patient in dental practice. Kieser JA, Townsend G, Quick A. New Zealand Dental Journal 99:5-9.

Fluctuating asymmetry and physical health among young adults. Milne
BJ, Belsky J, Poulton R, Thomson WM, Kieser JA. Evolution and Human
Behaviour 24:53-63.

Anterior loop of the mental nerve: a morphological and radiographic
study. Kuzmanovic DU, Payne AGT, Kieser JA & Dias GJ. Clinical Oral
Implants Research (In Press).

Weighting evidence: quantitative measures of the importance of
bitemark evidence. Kittelson JM, Kieser JA, Buckingham DM, Herbison
GP. Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology 20:31-37.

Risk indicators for deciduous tooth wear in New Zealand School
Children. Ayers KMS, Kieser JA, Thomson WM & Drummond BK.
International Dental Journal 52:7-10.

Facial fractures in New Zealand from 1979 to 1998. Kieser JA,
Stephenson S, Liston PN, Tong DC & Langley JD. International Journal
of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 31:206-209.

Context rich problems in oral biology teaching. Kieser JA, Kardos TB, Higgins A & Herbison P. European Journal of Dental Education 6:114-120.

Patterns of mergence of the human mental nerve. Kieser JA, Kuzmanovic DU, Payne AGT, Dennison KJ, Herbison P. Archives of Oral Biology 47:743-747.

Effect of Down Syndrome on the dimensions of dental crowns and
tissues. Bell E, Townsend GT, Wilson D, Kieser JA & Hughes T.
American Journal of Human Biology 13:690-698.

Bite injuries: patholphysiology, forensic analysis and management. PN
Liston, DC Tong, NA Firth & JA Kieser. New Zealand Dental Journal

Student learning and the teaching-research nexus in oral biology.
Kieser J.A. & Herbison P. European Journal of Dental Education

Patterns of dental wear in the early Maori dentition. Kieser J.A.,
Dennison K.J., Kaidonis J.A., Huang D., Herbison P.G.P. and Tayles
N.G. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 11:206-217.

Dental misidentification on the basis of presumed unique features.
Kieser J.A., Firth NA & Buckley H. Journal of Forensic
Odontostomatology. 19-36-39.

Periapical lesions and dental wear in the early Maori: Kieser J.A.,
Kelson A., Love R., Herbison P.G.P. and Dennison K.J. International
Journal of Osteoarchaeology 11:290-297.

Clinical anxieties among dental students. Kieser J.A. & Herbison P.
New Zealand Dental Journal 97:138-139.

Further Information

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