International academic joins dental school

The Peninsula Dental School has appointed Dr Mona Nasser as clinical lecturer in evidence-based dentistry.

Previously, Dr Nasser had been 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.

Dr Nasser graduated as a dentist and worked as a dentist and lecturer in systematic reviews at Shaheed Behesti University of Medical Science and Health Services in Tehran, Iran.

She established and led the Iranian Cochrane informal network, building an international network that included volunteers from Bahrain, Brazil, Germany, Iran, Jamaica, Singapore, UAE, UK and the US all working on systematic reviews in health care (the ViTAMIN project).

Dr Nasser still works closely with the Cochrane Collaboration and leads a group focusing on agenda setting and prioritisation.

Work carried out by Dr Nasser has been widely published, including 15 Cochrane reviews and papers focusing on systematic reviews, health policy and the history of medicine.

As well as her degree in dental surgery, Dr. Nasser also holds an MSc in Dental Public Health and she is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Community and Primary Care in the Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

At the Peninsula Dental School, Dr Nasser is responsible for conducting research in evidence-based dentistry and clinical epidemiology.

She also supports and develops evidence-based dentistry modules for undergraduate and postgraduate dental education programmes.

Professor Liz Kay, Dean at the Peninsula Dental School, commented: ‘We are delighted to have attracted an academic and clinician of such international standing and reputation as Mona and we welcome her to the Peninsula Dental School team.

‘Her research direction and enthusiasm for an academically rigorous approach to primary dental care is a perfect strategic fit with Peninsula Dental School’s ambition to lead the development of academic primary dental care. Her appointment illustrates the emphasis we place on quality evidence-based research and the very best sources of knowledge and education for our students.’

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