Camile Farah


  • The University of Western Australia (M512), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 861 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
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Personal profile


Professor Farah is Dean and Head of the UWA Dental School, Director of the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, Professor of Oral Oncology, Director of the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education, and a registered Specialist in Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology. He obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Western Australia (1996), and practiced dentistry while completing a PhD in Oral Pathology & Immunology (2000), and his specialist MDSc training in diagnostic Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology (2002) at the University of Queensland (UQ). He gained further experience in oral diagnostic sciences in Oral Medicine at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London with Professor Stephen Porter and Dr Tim Hodgson (2004). The Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education (ACORE) leverages his academic, clinical and industry partnerships for the advancement of oral oncology translational research, personalized patient care, patient and clinician education and professional development and overall advocacy for patients with head and neck cancer.

Professor Farah has over 20 years’ experience in administration, financial management, strategic planning, budget allocation, change management, supervision and mentoring of staff with formal training in Executive Leadership and Management with a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from UQ Business School (2013) majoring in Organisational Change Management, Negotiation, Strategy and Leadership of Teams and People. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2005) with a particular interest in embedding technology in curriculum.

Roles and responsibilities

Dean & Head, UWA Dental School, and Director of Oral Health Centre of Western Australia
Professor of Oral Oncology, and Director of Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education
Consultant in Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology

Future research

Exomic sequencing of oral cancer and precancerous lesions
Role of DNA damage repair genes in malignant transformation of oral potentially malignant lesions
Narrow Band Imaging for early detection and surgical margin delineation for oral cancer and precancerous lesions
Diagnostic and prognostic biomarker development in head and neck cancer

Funding overview

7.5 million dollars in competitive research funding over the last 10 years to support his work in head and neck oncology. Grants from the National Health & Medical Research Council, Cancer Australia, WA Department of Health, Cancer Council Queensland, Garnett Passe Foundation, Queensland Government Smart Futures Co-investment Fund, Queensland Dental Board, RBWH Foundation, and Australian Dental Research Foundation.

Named applicant for another $10 million dollars in equipment and infrastructure through the Cancer Research Trust, Australian Cancer Research Foundation, and the Queensland Government Smart Futures Co-investment Fund.

Previous positions

Member of the Australasian Council of Dental Schools (2015-current)
Chairman-elect of the Australian Dental Research Foundation (2014-2016)
Chairman of the Australian Dental Research Foundation Research Advisory Committee, (2011-2016)
President of the Australian & New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research (2013-2015)
Vice President of the Australasian Immunohistochemistry Society (2011-2015)
Chair of the Local Organising Committee, 4th Asia Pacific Region Conference of the IADR scheduled for 2019 in Australia.
Chairman of the OMAA Credentialing and Peer Review Committee (2013-current) responsible for Peer Evaluation of Oral Medicine Training Programs in Australia and New Zealand and the Academy’s Fellowship Examination

Current projects

Exomic sequencing of oral cancer and precancerous lesions
Role of DNA damage repair genes in malignant transformation of oral potentially malignant lesions
Narrow Band Imaging for early detection and surgical margin delineation for oral cancer and precancerous lesions
Diagnostic and prognostic biomarker development in head and neck cancer

Industrial relevance

Olympus (Narrow Band Imaging), LED Dental (Velscope), DentalEZ (Identafi), AdDent (Bio/Screen), Henry Schein Halas, Colgate Palmolive, Agilent Technologies (microRNA arrays, exome sequencing), and Life Technologies (SOLiD, Ion Torrent, Ion Proton) and works with these companies to extend R&D and clinical use of new products and technology, while also identifying commercialization opportunities for his work specifically in the area of molecular diagnostics.

Teaching overview

Professor Farah has significant expertise and experience in the delivery of academic content, and has been responsible for curriculum design and implementation in all facets of the dental curriculum. He is currently Professor of Oral Oncology, a Specialist in Oral Medicine and is currently the Head of Postgraduate Training in Oral Medicine at UWA Dental School.

He has experience in teaching head and neck anatomy, oral histology, applied clinical microbiology and immunology, systemic pathology, oral pathology and oral medicine. He has served as course coordinator for many of these subjects, and has also been involved in leading curriculum changes in Indigenous Health, Personal and Professional Development, Comprehensive Oral Care and Integrated Treatment Planning. He was co-convenor of undergraduate and postgraduate oral medicine and oral pathology at UQ, and has supervised postgraduate students in oral medicine in addition to serving as external examiner in oral medicine for several Australian universities.

Professor Farah has worked with the Australian Dental Association to produce educational videos on oral cancer/precancer and intraoral/extraoral head and neck examination for use by general dentists. He is involved in many continuing education courses to a variety of groups nationally including dental hygienists, dental prosthetists and other medical and dental study groups. In collaboration with international colleagues, Professor Farah has worked with Dental Channel (UK) to generate a webinar on use of diagnostic adjuncts for detection of oral cancer/precancer in general practice as part of the November Mouth Cancer Action Month, and works with other organisations interested and involved in Oral Cancer to generate research, commentary and advice on the topic.

Professor Farah has lectured extensively nationally and internationally, and is lead co-author and co-editor of the new authoritative textbook titled "Contemporary Oral Medicine" published by Springer, which is now considered the benchmark of oral medicine texts.


Oral Cancer
Oral Oncology
Oral Medicine
Oral Pathology
Molecular Genomics
Next Generation Sequencing
Optical Imaging

Education/Academic qualification

Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, University of Queensland


Higher Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Queensland


Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology, MDSc, University of Queensland


Oral Pathology/Oral Immunology, PhD, University of Queensland


Dentistry, BDSc, University of Western Australia


External positions

Chair, Australian Dental Research Foundation


President - Asia Pacific Region, International Association for Dental Research


Chair-elect, Australian Dental Research Foundation


Chair - Local Organising Committee - IADR APR, International Association for Dental Research



  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Digital Health
  • Diagnostics
  • Clinical Trials
  • Education
  • Medical Devices
  • Health
  • Oral oncology
  • Oral medicine
  • Oral pathology
  • Oral radiology
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral potentially malignant lesions
  • Optical imaging
  • Dental education
  • Molecular diagnostics

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2011 2018

  • 861 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
  • 55 Article
  • 15 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Letter
Disease-Free Survival
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Neoplasm Staging
1 Citations

Assessing miRNAs profile expression as a risk stratification biomarker in oral potentially malignant disorders: A systematic review

El-Sakka, H., Kujan, O. & Farah, C. S., 1 Feb 2018, In : Oral Oncology. 77, p. 57-82 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Candida species in patients with oral dysesthesia: A comparison of carriage among oral disease states

Farah, C. S., Amos, K., Leeson, R. & Porter, S., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal Of Oral Pathology and Medicine. 47, 3, p. 281-285 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mouth Diseases
Burning Mouth Syndrome
1 Citations
Open Access
Narrow Band Imaging
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Prospective Studies
Messenger RNA
6 Citations

Label-free optical imaging technologies for rapid translation and use during intraoperative surgical and tumor margin assessment

Boppart, S. A., Brown, J. Q., Farah, C. S., Kho, E., Marcu, L., Saunders, C. M. & Sterenborg, H. J. C. M., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Biomedical Optics. 23, 2, 021104

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Imaging techniques