Speakers

Jolanta Aleksejūnienė
University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Jolanta Aleksejūnienė was employed at the Vilnius University, Lithuania and at the University of Oslo, Norway. Currently she is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia, Canada. She designed and coordinated evidence-based dentistry training for undergraduate dental students (years 1-4) and for dental graduate students undergoing the combined Master Public Health-Diploma Public Health Dentistry program. Her research interests are oral epidemiology, research methodology, biostatistics, theory guided behavioural interventions for school-aged children, and educational research. She supervised/co-supervised 22 MSc/PhD students, is author/co-author of 83 publications, and has served as a peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals. Recently she was invited to be an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health.

Brian Leroux
University of Washington, Seattle, United States

Brian Leroux is Professor of Oral Health Sciences in the School of Dentistry and of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his PhD in Statistics in 1989 from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Since 1991 he has taught and supervised Biostatistics graduate students as well as residents in the School of Dentistry at the University of Washington. Dr. Leroux’s research interests are in statistical methods for design and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiology with an emphasis on correlated data in dentistry. His collaborative research experience includes serving as Biostatistician on several major clinical trials and epidemiologic studies in Dentistry as well as other health science fields, and leading the Coordinating Center for a dental practice-based research network. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and co-edited a book on statistical methods in oral health research. Dr. Leroux was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2013.

Emmanuel Lesaffre
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Emmanuel Lesaffre received his doctoral degree in 1986 at KU Leuven, Belgium. He applied and developed various statistical approaches in a great variety of medical research areas, but especially in oral health, cardiology, nursing research, ophthalmology and oncology. He has statistical expertise in discriminant analysis, hierarchical models, model diagnostics, interval-censored data, misclassification issues, variable selection, various clinical trial topics and diagnostic tests both under the frequentist and Bayesian paradigm. He has taught introductory and advanced courses to medical and statistical researchers. In the last two decades his research focused on Bayesian techniques resulting in a text book and courses taught at several universities and governmental organizations. He (co-)authored 7 books and has written more than 400 peer-reviewed papers in top statistical and medical journals. He has served as statistical consultant on a great variety of clinical trials in various ways, e.g. as a steering committee- and data-monitoring committee member. Finally, he is the founding chair of the Statistical Modelling Society (2002), was ISCB president (2006-2008) and together with Dominique Declerck (KU Leuven) started up the bi-annual International Conference for Methodological Issues in Oral Health Research.

Chunjie Li
Sichuan University, China

Chunjie Li is Associate Professor in Department of Head and Neck Oncology and Department of Evidence-based Dentistry, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University. He is a Hong Kong Scholar of China and 2011 Cochrane Collaboration Aubrey Sheiham Scholar. He is the committee member of Oral and maxillofacial reconstruction Committee, Chinese Stomatology Association (CSA), committee member of Salivary Disease Committee, CSA. His main research interest is evidence-based dentistry, tumor micro-environment, and oral and maxillofacial defects rehabilitation. Dr. Li has been the principle investigator of 3 national research projects of China, and published more than 70 articles. He is the first author or contact person of 6 Cochrane reviews or protocols. He is also the vice editor-in-chief of Evidence-based Dentistry (in Chinese), which is accepted as the national textbook for Chinese postgraduate students. He has also involved in the editing of two other national textbooks Dental Public Health, History and Future of Evidence-based Medicine, and translated part of UpToDate into Chinese.

Edward Lo
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Edward Lo is Chair Professor of Dental Public Health in the Faculty of Dentistry in the University of Hong Kong. He is also a guest professor in a number of major dental schools in mainland China. He is a past President of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Southeast Asian Division and a past IADR Treasurer. His research interest is in oral epidemiology, oral health care delivery and preventive dentistry. He has published over 230 papers in international scientific journals and a few book chapters. Prof. Lo has conducted many oral epidemiological surveys on various population groups. Prof. Lo has published extensively on clinical trials using various topical fluoride agents in the prevention of dental caries in children and in elders, and the use of various agents to arrest active decay in the primary teeth of young children and root surface of permanent teeth in elders. Based on his contributions to the field, Prof. Lo was awarded the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research in 2016.

Ian Needleman
UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London, United Kingdom

Ian is Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Evidence-Informed Healthcare at UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Honorary Consultant in Periodontology with UCLH. He is a clinical specialist in periodontics at UCL and in specialist practice at PerioLondon. He also leads the Centre for Oral Health and Performance (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cohp) which has been awarded recognition by the International Olympic Committee as a research centre in collaboration with the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. Ian is an Editor with Cochrane Oral Health and a member of the editorial board of Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal. His research has been awarded prizes by the European Federation of Periodontology, Royal Society of Medicine, German Periodontal Society, German Cochrane Centre and International Association for Dental Research. Ian was nominated as an inspiring teacher at UCL in 2007 and received the UCL Provost’s Award for Leadership in Public Engagement in 2017. Ian was a member of the International Olympic Committee, Scientific Committee for the 2014 Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Monaco.

Waranuch Pitiphat
Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Waranuch is Dean and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen, Thailand. She received D.D.S. from Chulalongkorn University, M.Sc. and Sc.D. in Epidemiology from Harvard University, and is a Diplomate of the Thai Board of Dental Public Health. Waranuch is active in research particularly relating to the oral health-systemic disease link and epidemiology of oral diseases. She has over 80 publications mostly in high impact journals and has served in editorial boards for several professional journals, including Journal of Dental Research (JDR), Oral Diseases, JDR – Clinical & Translational Research, and the International Journal of Oral Health (editor-in-chief). Waranuch is President of the Asian Academy of Preventive Dentistry (AAPD) and Past President of the Thai Society of Public Health Dentistry. She is executive member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in Thailand, and the Dental Faculty Consortium of Thailand, as well as Councilor of the Thai Dental Council. She also serves as consultant for several projects under the Bureau of Dental Health, Ministry of Public Health. These roles have involved her in the policy-making process and allowed her to contribute her expertise in epidemiological research to help shape national dental public health policy in Thailand.

Maurizio Tonetti
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Maurizio Tonetti is currently Clinical Professor in Periodontology at Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong. Other positions he held in the past include Professor and Head of Department of Periodontology at University of Connecticut Health Center, Professor and Head of Department of Periodontology at University College London. He is also Executive Director of European Research Group on Periodontology, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, and President of the Italian Society of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. His research focuses on regeneration and bio-engineering of lost periodontal structures and incorporation of dental implants in the management of periodontal patients. The research of his team has spanned from fundamental discovery to clinical translation. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to improved periodontal diagnosis and risk assessment, control of periodontitis, the practice of periodontal regeneration and design and execution of large clinical trials in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. He is considered as one of the most influential periodontists worldwide and has been engaged worldwide in the planning and delivery of advanced educational programs in the fields of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.

Analia Veitz-Keenan
New York University, United States

Dr. Veitz-Keenan holds the position of Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at NYU College of Dentistry and she is the director of Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD). She teaches EBD to undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as coordinates and teaches EBD activities for faculty. She completed her training in Evidence Based Practice at McMaster University in Canada, at the Center for Evidence Based Dentistry in Oxford, UK and in the ADA/Oxford/Forsyth course for EBD where she also became a faculty. Dr. Veitz-Keenan participated as a Reviewer for the ADA EBD website and contributes regularly with her commentaries in the Evidence Based Dentistry Journal and the Journal of Evidence Dental Practice. She is currently directs the liaison for the Cochrane Oral Health Group Alliance and NYU College of Dentistry where she coordinates workshops. She presents nationally and internationally on the EBD topics on teaching and implementation and in several topics related with education. She is a member and past chair of the NYU College of Dentistry Academy of Distinguished Educators and she is the past recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.

Tanya Walsh
University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Tanya is a Reader in Biostatistics at the School of Dentistry, University of Manchester, UK.  She joined the School as a Lecturer to teach Biostatistics to staff and postgraduate students and to provide statistical advice to researchers.  As a Senior Lecturer and then Reader, Tanya has developed her own research portfolio in oral health sciences, working towards improving clinical process and practice and evaluating interventions for improving oral health. Her research interests can broadly be classified into evidence synthesis of healthcare interventions, the screening and diagnosis of oral disease, and the effectiveness of healthcare interventions through clinical trials.  Working alongside clinical and methodological colleagues, Tanya leads the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials and other studies of interventions for improving oral health.

She is an author on 17 other published Cochrane Systematic Reviews and 8 Systematic Review Protocols, employing standard and complex methodologies. In addition, she is an Editor and Statistician with three Cochrane Review Groups: Oral Health, Wounds and Diagnostic Test Accuracy. She is also a serving Council Member of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Network of the International Association of Dental Research.

May Wong
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

May Wong is Professor in Dental Public Health in the Faculty of Dentistry in the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She teaches biostatistics and research methods at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. She also provides statistical consultation to staff and students in the faculty. Her research interest focuses mainly on Biostatistics; Clinical trials; Oral epidemiology; and Quality of life research. She has been invited to speak regarding topics on systematic reviews and research methodology at various dental conferences and research workshops. Currently, she is a member of the IADR Southeast Asian Division Council; a past President of the Evidence-based Dentistry Network Scientific Group of IADR; an Editor of the Cochrane Oral Health Group, Cochrane Collaboration; an Associate Editor of the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology; a Statistical Advisor of the journal Clinical Oral Implants Research; and the Group Convenor of the Public Health and Healthy Ageing Research Group in the Faculty of Dentistry in HKU. She has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-investigator (Co-I) for over 20 funded research projects and published over 100 research publications in peer reviewed journals.

Helen Worthington
Cochrane Oral Health, United Kingdom

Helen Worthington is Professor of Evidence Based Care (since 2003) at the University of Manchester and Co-ordinating Editor of the international Cochrane Oral Health Group (since 1997). She combines these roles with her School of Dentistry role as Director of Evidence for Practice. Professor Worthington is an international researcher and most of her present research time is spent as a member of several research teams, where she plays a major part in each, helping with the study design, writing the protocol, supervising the data collection, analysis, interpretation and the reporting of the results in academic journal articles. She is PI or co-applicant on several on-going trials and funded evidence synthesis projects. She has over 400 research publications in peer reviewed journals.

Due to her pivotal role with the Cochrane Oral Health Group, Cochrane Collaboration Oral Health Review Group, which is based at Manchester, Professor Worthington has a strong international reputation as a proponent of evidence based oral care. This follows from her background in medical statistics and expertise in the dental field. The Cochrane reviews provide the international evidence base for oral health, and are considered the world ‘gold standard’. Through her role with the Cochrane Oral Health Group, Professor Worthington has developed strong links with guideline development groups, both nationally and internationally.