In this feature, we introduce you to Cochrane Oral Health's editor Dr Fang Hua, an orthodontic research fellow, who tells us a little about his involvement and interests - both inside and outside of Cochrane.
Where do you currently work and what you do there?
I'm a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Orthodontics, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, China.
Describe a typical day for you.
My typical weekday is a mixture of clinical and research-related work. Clinically, I work with my colleagues to treat patients with malocclusions. For the rest of the time, I teach postgraduate students EBD and research methods, carry out peer-review for journals, or work on my own research projects.
What prompted you to work in this area?
Orthodontics is a fascinating specialty. Orthodontic treatments can improve not only patients’ oral health, but also their psychological well-being.
What are the major challenges that still remain in your field?
Due to ethical and technical reasons, many clinical questions in orthodontics and dentofacial development are difficult (if not impossible) to be studied with RCTs. How best to carry out high-quality observational studies and deal with evidence from this type of research may be one of those challenges.
How did you first encounter Cochrane?
I came to know Cochrane years ago when I was writing my undergraduate dissertation, but a closer connection was not built until I became a PhD student at Cochrane Oral Health, University of Manchester. Many thanks to my supervisors and the UoM PDS Award!
What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with Cochrane?
Being involved with Cochrane means I can work with and learn from the best EBD researchers. Together we have the opportunity to help improve the dental care services provided around the world.
Who (or what) has been the biggest influence on your career to date?
My parents and my four supervisors have all been extremely helpful.
What are three words you would associate with Cochrane?
Prioritised; Standardised; Evidence.
What do you do in your spare time?
Reading, travelling, karaoke and enjoying great food with families and friends.