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:
- Interventions for iatrogenic inferior alveolar and lingual nerve injury
Coulthard P, Kushnerev E, Yates JM, Walsh T, Patel N, Bailey E, Renton TF
- 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:
- 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
- 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:
- 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:
- 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