Associate Professor in Evidence based Dentistry
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Associate Professor in Evidence based Dentistry REF coordinator (Unit Assessment 3) Co-convenor, Cochrane Priority Setting Methods Group , The Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group Member, The Evidence Based Research Network Methods Editor, of the Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group Qualifications I am the Associate Professor in Evidence Based Dentistry in Peninsula Dental School, Plymouth University (from April 2011), a skydiver, pilot and Iyengar yoga teacher. I give lectures on Critical Appraisal and Evidence based Healthcare to undergraduate dental students, MBA students and MSc students. I have taught evidence based health care to undergraduate, postgraduate students, faculties and researchers in UK, Brazil, Iran, Bahrain, Turkey and Germany. I was the founder and currently a co-convenor . Before, joining the dental school, I worked as a research associate and methodologist in the Department of Health Information at the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) ,the German equivalent of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)in the UK and an Iyengar yoga teacher at Tehran Iyengar Yoga Institute. I am involved in the following institutes and initiatives: Affiliated researcher with the Cognition Institute, Earth Sustainability Institute, Transtechnology research group and Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group in Plymouth University. Founder and co-convenor of the CochranePriority Setting Methods Group Steering group member of the the Evidence based Research Network Methods Editor, of the Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group I qualified DDS(Doctorate in Dental Surgery)from the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in 2005. My doctoral dissertation focused on the antimicrobial activities of several endodontic materials working in the microbiology lab in the Pasteur Institute in Tehran. I have subsequently done a PhD with Plymouth University on "setting priorities for conducting and updating systematic reviews". I have also done a MSc in Dental Public Health with King’s College of London/University of London, a postgraduate certificate in clinical education with Plymouth University and astronomy modules with University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). My current key research interests: Conducing meta-research on how research funders contribute to reducing research waste Conceptualising Oral Health Inequalities and evaluating the impact of system level interventions on oral health inequality Research priority setting methodology Conducting and implementing systematic reviews on the effectiveness of health care interventions and develop methods in this field Interdisciplinary research to address priority research questions In my free time, I fly planes, skydive and study astronomy and aerospace sciences. I am planning to fly around the world in 2019/2020 with a single engine plane.