How Does the SOHRC Work?

A national Steering Group, chaired by the Chief Dental Officer, oversees three collaborative research groups in Dental Public Health and Health Services Research, Craniofacial Anomalies and Dental Education.

The Oral Health Collaborative Research Administrator provides support to the Steering Group and each of the collaborative research groups by:

  •  Organising meetings & keeping records
  •  Liaising with stakeholders
  •  Supporting the development of funding applications
  •  Providing coordination between partner organisations

Steering Group

The Steering Group is chaired by the Chief Dental Officer. Membership also includes Heads/Director of each of Scotland’s Dental Schools/Institute along with representatives of each of the collaborative research groups. In addition, there is representation from NHS Education Scotland and research in dental primary care.

Chair: Tom Ferris Scottish Government
Members: Jeremy Bagg University of Glasgow
  Jan Clarkson Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network
  David Felix NHS Education for Scotland
  John Gibson University of Aberdeen
  Mark Hector University of Dundee
  Lorna Macpherson University of Glasgow
  Peter Mossey University of Dundee
  Angus Walls University of Edinburgh

 


Dental Public Health and Health Services Research Group

The Dental Public Health and Health Services Research Group aims to conduct research that will reduce inequalities. Current populations of concern are older people living in care homes and those with oral cancer. The extensive experience of researchers at Dundee Dental School in running large randomised controlled clinical trials in dental practice complements the public health approaches used by community oral health researchers at Glasgow Dental School.

Chair:      
Jeremy Bagg University of Glasgow
Members:
Jan Clarkson University of Dundee
  David Conway University of Glasgow
  Ruth Freeman University of Dundee
  Ekta Gupta University of Aberdeen
  Lorna Macpherson University of Glasgow
  Andrea Sherriff University of Glasgow
  Linda Young NHS Education for Scotland

Craniofacial Research Group

The Craniofacial Research Group brings together clinical and academic expertise from across Scotland to explore:

  •  the relationship between genetics and face shape
  •  the promotion of reproductive health to prevent cleft lip and palate
  •  the reduction of inequalities experienced by adults with cleft lip and palate

 

Chair: Mark Hector University of Dundee
Members: Ashraf Ayoub University of Glasgow
  Aileen Bell University of Glasgow
  Mairead Bermingham University of Edinburgh
  Toby Gillgrass NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  Xiangyang Ju NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  Grant McIntyre NHS Tayside
  Felicity Mehendale NHS Lothian
  Weihua Meng University of Dundee
  Peter Mossey University of Dundee
  Kurt Busuttil Naudi University of Glasgow
  Craig Russell NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  Angus Walls Edinburgh Dental Institute

Dental Education Research Group

The Dental Education Research Group seeks to ensure the best use of educational resources in Scotland, to improve and ensure patient safety and to evaluate teaching efficacy. The Group undertook a scoping exercise to establish national research priorities in dental education in 2014 which led to the report, “Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland: A priority setting exercise including multiple stakeholders” and the published paper, “Developing a national dental education research strategy: priorities, barriers and enablers”. The 2017 SOHRC conference focussed on Dental Education research and identified areas for future research. The group is now moving forward with a study on the effectiveness of MMIs for Dental and Dental therapist students in Scotland.

Chair: Angus Walls University of Edinburgh
Members: Jeremy Bagg University of Glasgow
  Vivian Binnie University of Glasgow
  George Cherukara University of Aberdeen
  Kevin Davey University of Dundee
  David Felix NHS Education for Scotland
  Jennie Foley University of Edinburgh
  Linda Gunn University of Highlands and Islands

Sub-Group: MMI Leads

Malcolm Stewart University of Aberdeen
Fiona Stewart University of Dundee
Christine Goodall University of Glasgow
Liz Connor University of Edinburgh
Linda Gunn University of Highlands and Islands
Amber Brown University of Highlands and Islands