In this feature, we introduce you to Cochrane Oral Health's editor Professor Paul Brocklehurst, a dental public health specialist, 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 the Director of a UKCRC registered Clinical Trials Unit (NWORTH #23), Deputy Head of the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University, Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health and Specialty Co-Lead for Health Services Research across Wales.
Describe a typical day for you.
No day is typical. I might be contributing to the design of a study in one meeting, talking about strategic enablement in another and then making decsions about the School later on in the day.
What prompted you to work in this area?
All my experience to date was in oral and dental public health, so an opportunity to expand into health services research and help research groups with their study designs was very welcome. My role has subsequently expanded and it is very interesting working with policy-makers in the Welsh Government and driving forward the research agenda.
What are the major challenges that still remain in your field?
Implementating research evidence.
How did you first encounter Cochrane?
When I joined Manchester Dental School.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with Cochrane?
Being at the forefront of methodological developments and seeking ways to better implement the evidence base.
Who (or what) has been the biggest influence on your career to date?
Two of my senior academic collegaues (Professors Paul Speight and Martin Tickle) and the team at Cochrane Oral Health.
What are three words you would associate with Cochrane?
Rigor. Transparency. Methodology.
What do you do in your spare time?
I have a small flock of rare-breed Shetland sheep, which I enjoy looking after with my wife Nicky. I’m also getting into Triathlons around the stunning scenery of North Wales.