Early Career Fellow
Adelaide Dental School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
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Kostas Kapellas is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH). Along with this position, he is currently Deputy Director of the Indigenous Oral Health Unit at ARCPOH. He received his Bachelor of Oral Health in 2006 and Bachelor of Sciences, Dentistry (Hons 2A) in 2009 and PhD in 2014 all from the University of Adelaide.
Before commencing his postgraduate and post-doctoral research at ARCPOH, Kostas worked part-time as an oral health therapist for six years (2007 to 2012 inclusive). His honours degree involved describing the oral health status of South Australian adults with diabetes mellitus and assessing the validity of periodontal screening questions in an Australian national survey of oral health. For his PhD, Kostas investigated the relationship between periodontal disease and central arterial stiffness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Territory.
Kostas has developed a passion for Indigenous Australian health research since his involvement at ARCPOH. His research interests surround how periodontal diseases potentially influence systemic infection/inflammation, specifically complications in cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Kostas is currently an associate investigator on a trial investigating the effects of periodontal treatment on chronic renal disease/failure, vascular disease and diabetes among patients in Alice Springs.
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Greek, Modern (1453-) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2010 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (Dentistry) 2007 - 2009 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (honours) Awarded 2A 2003 - 2006 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Oral Health
Year Citation 2016 Roberts-Thomson, K., Kapellas, K., Ha, D., Jamieson, L., Arrow, P., & Do, L. (2016). Oral health status and behaviours of Indigenous Australian children. In L. Do, & A. Spencer (Eds.), Oral Health of Australian Children The National Child Oral Health Study 2012-14 (pp. 264-287). Adelaide, South Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
Year Citation 2015 Kapellas, K., Maple-Brown, L., Jamieson, L., Do, L., O'Dea, K., Brown, A., . . . Skilton, M. (2015). The Effect of Periodontal Therapy on Carotid Intima-Media Thickness among Aboriginal Australians: A Randomised Controlled Trial.. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Vol. 44 (pp. 140-141). Anchorage, AK: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2014 Amarasena, H. D., Kapellas, K., Skilton, M. R., Maple-Brown, L. J., & Jamieson, L. (2014). Associations with untreated dental caries experience among Aboriginal Australian adults.. In Proceedings - 2014 International Indigenous Oral Health Conference. Adelaide. 2014 Amarasena, H. D., & Kapellas, K. (2014). Healthy-user effect and routine dental attendance among Indigenous Australians. In L. Jamieson (Ed.), Proceedings - 92nd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research. Cape Town, South Africa. 2010 Kapellas, K., & Jamieson, L. M. (2010). Oral Health Research Among Aboriginal Populations. In Not published. Darwin, Australia. 2009 Kapellas, K. (2009). Can periodontal disease be predicted accurately without probing the gums?. In Not published. Perth, Australia.
Year Citation 2016 Coates, A., Fitzsimmons, T., Chee, B., Park, B., Kapellas, K., Howe, P., . . . Ivanovski, S. (2016). Periodontal symptoms and inflammation following non-surgical treatment and 4 months of fish oil supplementation. Poster session presented at the meeting of FASEB JOURNAL. San Diego, CA: FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL. 2014 Kapellas, K. (2014). Does imprisonment increase inequalities in Indigenous Australians living in the Northern Territory, Australia?. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association of Dental Research. Brisbane, Australia. 2014 Kapellas, K., Maple-Brown, L. J., Skilton, M. R., & Jamieson, L. M. (2014). Effect of non-surgical periodontal therapy on glycaemic control & vascular endpoints: results from the PerioCardio study.. Poster session presented at the meeting of First International Indigenous Oral Health Conference. Adelaide, Australia. 2014 Kapellas, K., Maple-Brown, L. J., Bartold, P. M., Brown, A., Do, L. G., O'Dea, K., . . . Skilton, M. R. (2014). Effect of a periodontal intervention on pulse wave velocity in Indigenous Australians with periodontal disease: the PerioCardio randomized controlled trial. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstract of the World Congress in Cardiology Scientific Sessions, as published in Global Heart. Melbourne, Victoria: Elsevier.
2014 Kapellas, K., & Jamieson, L. J. (2014). Is multiple imputation a correct method to assess missing data from an RCT with heavy loss to follow-up?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Methodological Issues in Oral Health Research. Adelaide, Australia. 2013 Kapellas, K., Skilton, M. R., Maple-Brown, L. J., Do, L. G., Bartold, P. M., Slade, G. D., & Jamieson, L. M. (2013). Periodontal Outcomes from Single-visit Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy among Indigenous Australians. Poster session presented at the meeting of Journal of Dental Research. Seattle, Washington USA: SAGE Publications (UK and US). 2011 Kapellas, K. (2011). Does periodontal treatment influence surrogate markers of cardiovascular disease? Findings from Meta-analyses.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Not published. Canberra, Australia.
NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2015-2019).
2018 Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant Project title: Sequencing the periodontal microbiome of patients with chronic kidney and end-stage renal disease $12,400
Kostas currently focused on academic research. However, he has assisted undergraduate dental student tutorials in Evidence-Based Dentistry, Community Dentistry and Professional Studies annually since 2007.
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Processes of Industrialisation Influencing the Human Oral Microbiome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Emily Jean Skelly
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