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Championing evidence-based dentistry to improve patient care

15 January 2019



Professor Helen Worthington, Director of Evidence for Practice at the School of Dentistry at the University of Manchester, has been honoured in this year's BDA Honours and Awards round for her work championing evidence-based oral healthcare, with a John Tomes Medal.

Since 2004, Helen has provided expert scientific advice to the BDA contributing to the debates and development of advice for professionals and patients. 


This follows from her expertise in medical statistics and extensive background in the dental field. Over the years her work has impacted on policy and clinical practice in the UK and beyond and the consequence of this knowledge translation has been measurable improvements in oral health.


Professor Worthington also holds the post of co-ordinating editor and statistician for the international Cochrane Oral Health Group, and she has achieved an unparalleled impact in this role. 

She has authored over 400 peer reviewed publications and is responsible for developing the methodology for systematic reviewing and randomized controlled trials in dental primary care.

Her achievements and professional recognition include an IADR Distinguished Scientist Award and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons England, both of which are rarely given to statisticians.

She has provided support and leadership to national and international oral health researchers and she has contributed to the development of research excellence at the University of Manchester. 

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