Review of the Oral Health Group Year

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l-r: Anne Littlewood, Phil Riley, Zipporah Iheozor-Ejiofor, Dr. Tanya Walsh, Helen Wakeford, Jo Weldon, Professor Helen Worthington

We’ve had a busy year at the Oral Health Group, here’s some of our highlights of 2014!

We published 18 new and updated reviews:

In March, the annual Cochrane UK and Ireland Symposium took place in the Group’s home city of Manchester. Anwen Cope, who authored the review on Systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults won 1st prize in the student competition for her Prezi, promoting a Cochrane review in an imaginative way. Have a look at her work on the Students 4 Best Evidence website

2014 was a very important year for us as we undertook an extensive prioritization exercise over the summer. We contacted our authors in the different specialties and asked them to rank our existing reviews in order of clinical importance. Then we convened an expert panel in each speciality area and asked them to discuss the results. We also did a survey of the general public, to see which questions in dentistry and oral health they felt were the most important. At the end of the process, we were left with a final list of priority titles, which gives us a core portfolio of reviews to maintain on the Cochrane Library. We are going to move this work forward in 2015, and start the process of updating these reviews. To find out more about what we did and the results, visit the priority reviews section of our website.

This year’s Cochrane Colloquium took place in Hyderabad in September, and several members of the Editorial Team attended the event. We were delighted to be asked to take part in a plenary session, the first time that the Oral Health Group has presented at a Colloquium plenary. Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talked about how the Cochrane Editorial Unit’s screening programme has affected the Editorial Base.

We welcomed our new Managing Editor, Laura MacDonald, in November. Laura will be with us to cover for Luisa Fernandez-Mauleffinch whilst she is on maternity leave. Luisa gave birth to a healthy baby girl (Martha Isabel) in September, and will be back with the team in Autumn 2015.

The Cochrane Oral Health Group has reached the grand age of 20 years young this year. To celebrate we launched a competition to win a flight to the next Cochrane Colloquium in Vienna:

air ticketIf you’re an active author with the Oral Health Group, there’s still lots of time to enter (click the air ticket above to enlarge). Tell us how you’ve progressed a high quality review or update for publication on the Cochrane Library or about any promotion work you have done for the Oral Health Group. You could be on your way to Austria in October 2015!

In December, we also found out that we had been awarded an NIHR incentive award for the review: Interventions for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers: targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Congratulations to the review team!

As part of the Christmas celebrations, we took part in the Evidently Advent Christmas Calendar. The Group’s Research Co-ordinator Jo Weldon produced an advent comic in the form of a Prezi, which went live on the calendar on 3 December:

The Editorial Base will close at 5pm on 24 December, and re-open at 9am on Monday 5th January 2015. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our contributors!shutterstock_157430453

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