NZ Fluoridation Review Panel Members

Charles Eason, PhD, MIBiol

CEO Cawthron Institute; Professor, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lincoln University, Christchurch, NZ

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J. Mark Elwood, DSc, MD, MBA, SM, MB, BSc; FRCPC, FAFPHM

Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ



Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD,

Australia; Former Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

As Head of the Otago Dental School, Seymour refused the Dental Students’ Association’s request to hear scientific evidence against fluoridation on campus by an international expert.


W. Murray Thomson, BSc, BDS, MA, MComDent, PhD

Professor, Dental Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

Murray Thomson is a former Editor of the NZ Dental Journal and author of pro-fluoridation papers.


Nick Wilson, MB ChB, DIH, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health; Co-Director, Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost Effectiveness (BODE3) Programme, University of Otago, Wellington, NZ

Already known to be Pro-fluoride.


Panel Lay Observer

Kerry L. Prendergast, CNZM

Chair, Environmental Protection Authority, and former Mayor, Wellington, NZ


New Zealand reviewer

Wayne Temple, BSc(Hons), PhD, FNZIC, CChem, FRSC, MAACT

Director, National Poisons Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

Wayne Temple

International reviewers

Professor David Coggon, OBE, MA, PhD, DM, FRCP, FFOM, FFPH, FMedSci

Professor Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Southampton; Southampton, UK

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Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson, CBE, BDS, BSc, PhD, DMedSc, FFD, FDS, FMedSci,

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland; Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland


Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds, AO, BSc, PhD

Head, Melbourne Dental School; Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Sciences, University of Melbourne; CEO, Oral Health Centre of Research Cooperation; Melbourne, VIC, Australia



Review completed on behalf of:


Sir Peter Gluckman (left) – Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Infamously quoted as saying “The science is effectively settled on fluoride”


Sir David Skegg (right) – Royal Society of New Zealand

Turned down the opportunity to review fluoridation in 2012 when ample evidence was presented to him by Fluoride Free NZ. Prof Skegg claimed that there was no new evidence to require a review of fluoridation, in spite of the two most prestigious international reviews in history (The York Review 2000 and the National Research Council 2006) saying there was a dire need for better scientific information.

Writer of the NZ Review

Dr. Anne Bardsley, PhD.

Anne Bardsley

New Zealand Dental Association CEO

Dr David Crum

David Crum



New Zealand Government Scientist with fluoride reservations


Dr Michael Beasley, Deputy Director National Poisons Centre.

Is the the jury is still out regarding the safety of Fluoride? “I think it is”, agreed Dr Michael Beasley, Deputy Director of the National Poisons Centre on Radio New Zealand this week, adding “Certainly the question really is the safety of fluoride at what level?” “The dose determines a lot of what happens”, he confirms. See press release of this stark admission from the Deputy Director here: Jury still out on fluoride safety