Professor Helen Worthington has stepped down as Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Oral Health. Helen has been joint co-ordinating editor of the Group since 1997, bringing Cochrane Oral Health to Manchester with Professor Bill Shaw. Helen plans to retire from academic life in 2020, and she will be much missed by her friends and colleagues both in the Group and throughout Cochrane.
Helen studied Mathematics at the University of Manchester, and came to Cochrane as a statistician and researcher. She has authored many of our most high-profile reviews, including:
- Interventions for the prevention of oral mucositis for patients with cancer receiving treatment
- Fluoride varnishes for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents
- Home use of interdental cleaning devices, in addition to toothbrushing, for preventing and controlling periodontal diseases and dental caries
- Pit and fissure sealants for preventing dental decay in permanent teeth
- Powered versus manual toothbrushing for oral health
She has also been a valued mentor, and has provided vital support over the years to our author teams.
Helen will be succeeded by Professor Anne-Marie Glenny, who has been Deputy Co-ordinator Editor for Cochrane Oral Health since 2017. Anne-Marie is Professor of Health Sciences Research at the University of Manchester, and is currently Head of Division at the University of Manchester, Division of Dentistry. Anne-Marie has worked in the field of evidence-based practice since 1993, and has experience of a broad range of systematic reviews. She has been an editor with Cochrane Oral Health since 2000. Professor Jan Clarkson will continue as Joint Co-ordinating Editor, alongside Anne-Marie.
Dr. Phil Riley will take on the role of Deputy Co-ordinating Editor. Phil has been with Cochrane Oral Health since 2006, working his way up from Editorial Assistant to Scientific Editor. He completed a PhD on the oral side effects of cancer treatment and has worked on several high profile research projects, including a Health Technology Assessment on oral splints for temporomandibular joint disorders and oral pain.