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Health and Science Committee

The BDA's Health and Science Committee develops evidence-based policies on key scientific issues related to dentistry.

What does the Health and Science Committee do?

The Committee focuses on topics of interest to dentistry, including the use of dental amalgam, oral cancer, fluoridation, infection control, and others.


Read our latest blogs on the topic of public health for an update on our work.


Who are the Health and Science Committee's representatives?

Our members expertise ranges from political issues such as the regulation of dentistry and oral health promotion to clinical issues such as cross infection control, orthodontics and restorative dentistry:


  • Russ Ladwa (Chair)
  • Dr Abdullah Casaus
  • Professor Avijit Banerjee
  • Dr Nick Lewis
  • Dr Nikolaus Palmer 
  • Dr Susie Sanderson 
  • Dr Graham Stokes
  • Professor Damien Walmsley 
  • Professor Timothy Watson
  • Professor Nairn Wilson
  • Professor David Williams

Cochrane UK representative

The Committee also includes a representative from Cochrane UK, Professor Helen Worthington. 

Cockrane UK aims to improve health by promoting the production, understanding and use of high quality research evidence by patients, healthcare professionals and those who organise and fund healthcare services.

​More information

The Health and Science Committee usually meets twice a year, please contact Arianne Matlin for more information.