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Health and Science

The primary role of the BDA Health and Science Committee is to develop evidence-based policies on key scientific issues related to dentistry. The Committee deals with topics such as mercury in amalgam, oral cancer, fluoridation, infection control and many others.
The Committee currently includes members whose 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.

The current Chair is Dr Graham Stokes. 
Other members of the Committee are as follows:

Professor Avijit Banerjee
Dr Kris Coomaraswamy
Dr Nick Lewis
Dr Nikolaus Palmer 
Dr Peter Thornley
Professor Damien Walmsley 
Professor Timothy Watson
Professor Nairn Wilson

Cochrane Collaboration

The Committee also has a representative from the Cochrane Collaboration, Professor Helen Worthington.  For details of Cochrane reviews and further information about the Cochrane Collaboration please see their website


Meetings take place twice a year. For further details please contact Arianne Matlin.