Functions in scientific societies and bodies 2008-2010 President of the German Dental Society
Awards and membership awards since 2009 Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Werner Geurtsen is researching biochemical interactions of oral biomaterials with human primary cells of the oral cavity. In particular, he deals with the biocompatibility and chemical-biological interactions of plastic modified oral biomaterials and radicals such as toothpastes. It also focuses on clinical aspects of dental fillings.
Judges research the generation of reactive oxygen pecies (ROS) by initiators and monomers of fillers and their effects on cell metabolism. For example, he was able to demonstrate that initiators produce very high concentrations of ROS intracellularly without simultaneously affecting intracellular detoxification mechanisms.