Nurcan BUDUNELİ DDS, PhD, Professor (Ege University, Turkey) Dr.BUDUNELİ has received her DDS degree in 1990 from Ege University, İzmir, Turkey. She was a visitor in Dental School, Bristol University, UK in 1992. She did her PhD in Periodontology at the same Institute on immune defence systems acting in periodontal diseases, defended her PhD in 1996. She did her post-doc study in 1997 in Copenhagen University, Denmark. She was a guest researcher in Louisville University, KY, USA in 2004. Her main interests are aetiology and mechanisms of interactions between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases/conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory diseases and pregnancy complications like pre-term low birth weight. Drug-induced gingival overgrowth, experimental periodontitis studies, development of local drug delivery formulations, effects of smoking on periodontal health have also been her research areas. She has published over 65 papers in well-known scientific journals. She has been giving undergraduate and post-graduate courses on epidemiology of periodontal diseases; pathogenesis, diagnosis and prognosis of periodontal diseases; drugs used in periodontal treatment. She is married and has two kids.