Following service as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at UCLA, Dr. Hume was appointed Executive Vice Chancellor for that campus in 1998. He then served from 2002 as President of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, then from 2005 as Vice President for Health Affairs then also as Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the ten-campus University of California System.
Dr. Hume retired from the University of California in 2008 and was then for four years Provost of the United Arab Emirates University. He was appointed Executive Director, Education, Training and Development, Research and Development Division, Qatar Foundation in 2012. He retired from that position in December 2014.
Born in Australia, Dr. Hume qualified first in clinical dentistry in 1968 and then completed a PhD in human physiology and pharmacology in 1972, both at the University of Adelaide. The same university awarded him the degree of Doctor of Dental Science for published work in 1990. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1975 before joining UCLA’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1977.
HUME, W.R., DE LA LANDE, I.S. and WATERSON, J.G. (1972) Effect of acetylcholine on the response of the isolated rabbit ear artery to stimulation of the perivascular sympathetic nerves. Europ. J. Pharmacol., 17: 227-233.
BEVAN, R.D., EGGENA, P., HUME, W.R. VAN MARTHENS, E. and BEVAN, J.A. (1980) Transient and persistent changes in rabbit blood vessels associated with maintained elevation in arterial pressure. Hypertension, 2: 63-72.
FLORENCE, V.M., HUME, W.R. and MATSUNAGA, M.L. (1981) On choline acetyltransferase activity in the sympathetic nerves of the rabbit ear artery. Brit. J. Pharmacol., 73: 721-724.
HUME, W.R. (1984) An analysis of the release and the diffusion through dentin of eugenol from zinc oxide-eugenol mixtures. J. Dent. Res., 63: 881-884.
HUME, W.R. (1985) A new technique for screening chemical toxicity to the pulp of dental restorative materials and procedures. J. Dent. Res. 64: 1322-1325.
WANG, J.-d. and HUME, W.R. (1988) Diffusion of hydrogen and hydroxyl ion from various sources through dentine. Int. Endo. J. 21: 17-26.
GERZINA, T.M. and HUME, W.R. (1994) Effect of dentine on release of TEGDMA from resin composite in vitro. J. Oral Rehab. 21:474-477.
SHI, W., JEWETT, A. and HUME, W.R. (1998) Rapid and quantitative detection of Streptococcus mutans with species-specific monoclonal antibodies. Hybridoma 17:365-371.
MOUNT, G.J. and HUME, W.R. (editors) (1998) The Preservation and Restoration of Tooth Structure. Mosby, London. Also published in Spanish (2000), French (2000), Korean (2001) and Romanian (2001).
MOUNT, G.J., HUME, W.R., NGO, H. and WOLFF, M.S. (editors) The Preservation and Restoration of Tooth Structure. Third Edition. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford (in press)