Cochrane Oral Health Group eNewsletter | April 2014

Cochrane Oral Health Group

COHG appoints new Deputy Managing Editor

Cochrane Oral Health Group is pleased to introduce Helen Wakeford as our new Deputy Managing Editor.

Prior to this position, Helen worked as a Science Portfolio Advisor for the Wellcome Trust at their head office in London.

An infectious disease immunologist by training, she had strategic oversight of the Trust’s immunology portfolio.

She has previously worked as part of the Review Coordinating Team of TropIKA, a WHO think tank, and as a consultant for the Institute for Infectious Diseases of Poverty.

Helen undertook her training in infectious disease immunology at the University of Cambridge.

Prioritisation of reviews

COHG's editorial base is accountable for ensuring that all oral health reviews held on The Cochrane Library not only ask relevant and clinically important questions, but that these important reviews are kept up-to-date.

In previous years, two international prioritisation exercises were successfully undertaken in the orthodontic and paediatric dentistry specialties.

By 2014, COHG aims to have undertaken the process to identify priority reviews across the remaining specialties (periodontology, restorative, cleft lip and palate, dental public health, oral medicine, and oral surgery). This ambitious project will produce a core portfolio of titles to maintain for COHG to concentrate its resources.

COHG has approached authors of titles within each specialty to produce an initial 'Top 10' ranking, and the collated rankings will be discussed in August by specialty-specific panels of internationally renowned, research-active clinical experts.

We will share the outcomes of this extensive prioritisation process by the end of 2014. COHG intends to see the outcomes of this process fully implemented by 2016.

Recent publications on The Cochrane Library

Cochrane Oral Health Group publishes its reviews, updates and protocols within The Cochrane Library.

The most recent issue of The Cochrane Library was Issue 4, released in April 2014. Within it, COHG published:
New review
- Interventions for iatrogenic inferior alveolar and lingual nerve injury
Coulthard P, Kushnerev E, Yates JM, Walsh T, Patel N, Bailey E, Renton TF
New protocol
- CAD/CAM versus traditional indirect methods in the fabrication of inlays, onlays, and crowns
Oen KT, Veitz-Keenan A, Spivakovsky S, Wong YJ, Bakarman E, Yip J

In Issue 3, released in March 2014, COHG published:
New review
- Direct composite resin fillings versus amalgam fillings for permanent or adult posterior teeth
Rasines Alcaraz MG, Veitz-Keenan A, Sahrmann P, Schmidlin PR, Davis D, Iheozor-Ejiofor Z
New protocols
- Interventions for increasing acceptance of local anaesthetic in children having dental treatment
Monteiro J, Tanday A, Ashley PF, Parekh S, Petrie A
- Interventions for the management of oral ulcers in Behçet's disease
Taylor J, Brocklehurst P, Walsh T, Riley P, Glenny A-M, Gorodkin R, Pemberton MN

In Issue 2, released in February 2014, COHG published:
Updated reviews
- Replacement versus repair of defective restorations in adults: amalgam
Sharif MO, Merry A, Catleugh M, Tickle M, Brunton P, Dunne SM, Aggarwal VR, Chong LY
- Replacement versus repair of defective restorations in adults: resin composite
Sharif MO, Catleugh M, Merry A, Tickle M, Dunne SM, Brunton P, Aggarwal VR, Chong LY

In Issue 1, released in January 2014, COHG published:
New protocol
- Home-use whitening toothpastes for whitening teeth in adults
Brennan MM, Hallas D, Jacobs SK, Robbins M, Northridge M

A full list of all published oral health review titles to date can be found here.

Global Alliance contributors

The following organisations have generously provided funding for the Cochrane Oral Health Group Global Alliance to enable COHG to deliver important/priority reviews in a more timely manner by increasing methodological capacity at the editorial base:

We are immensely grateful to them for their contributions.

Additionally, the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry, UK is in the process of becoming a member of the Global Alliance.
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The 2014 Cochrane UK & Ireland Annual Symposium was held in Manchester on 23/24 April 2014, at the Renold Building on The University of Manchester's campus, home to COHG's editorial base.

The theme of the Symposium was: "Cochrane Evidence: Useful, useable and used", and attendees made use of the #CE3U hashtag. 

If you weren't able to join us there, have a read of the Twitter feed for soundbites and outcomes of the sessions.

New title registrations for The Cochrane Library

After Cochrane Oral Health Group changed the policy on the registration of new systematic review titles in Spring 2013 (due to the necessary prioritisation of topic areas), new review proposals are now considered by a meeting of the Editorial Team twice a year (in October and April). A maximum of four titles per year are registered at these meetings.

COHG‘s editorial board met in April to consider which new titles to register, after collating new review proposal submissions since October 2013. As a result of the clinical discussions with Editors and clinical advisors, one new title has now been registered by the Group.

The Editors identified this title as a priority topic, and agreed that it did not significantly overlap with any existing reviews:

- Interventions for preventing early childhood caries in pregnant women and mothers of infants up to 12 months old
This review will be led by Dr. Nicky Kilpatrick from the Murdoch Children's Institute in Australia.

We look forward to publishing this protocol in the near future.

If you would like to submit a new title proposal for consideration at the next consideration meeting in October 2014, please follow the instructions on our website.

Want to update your skills?
Cochrane Training

There are always plenty of Cochrane training opportunities being organised to take place around the world. To stay updated with what's happening, take a look at the workshop list. The Canadian Cochrane Centre also organizes online webinars that you can participate in or watch the recorded video of them.

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