In a new series of features, we introduce you to Cochrane Oral Health's editors. In this instance, Professor Bill Shaw, a cleft palate and orthodontic specialist, 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?
Dental School, University of Manchester, coordinating an international RCT on cleft palate surgery.
Describe a typical day for you:
I make up for coming in late by leaving early (semi-retired!)
What prompted you to work in this area?
My clinical work has mostly been confined to the care of children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate which is badly in need of better evidence.
What are the major challenges that still remain in your field?
Establishing care pathways that optimise outcomes while minimising the burden of care.
How did you first encounter Cochrane?
I was introduced to Archie Cochrane by Iain Chalmers when I worked in Cardiff around 1975. Archie helped me to obtain funding for a 20 year cohort study of orthodontic treatment. Iain subsequently invited me to establish Cochrane Oral Health with Helen Worthington in 1993.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with Cochrane?
Who (or what) has been the biggest influence on your career to date?
Archie and Iain.
What are three words you would associate with Cochrane?
Dedicated, honest, essential.
What do you do in your spare time?
Hang out with my grandchildren or climb mountains.