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Become a research maven at ADA evidence-based dentistry workshop

August 30, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Could systematic reviews do more to help inform clinical decisions? The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry hopes so, and wants to empower researchers and clinicians to make that happen.

The center is hosting a workshop, "How to Conduct and Publish Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses," Nov 2-4 at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport that will benefit researchers and clinicians in conducting systematic reviews no matter their experience level, said Dr. Romina Brignardello-Petersen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University and a workshop instructor.

"There is a need to educate systematic reviewers to improve the chance that clinicians are presented with well-conducted summaries of the best available evidence to inform their clinical practice," said Dr. Brignardello-Petersen. "Our workshop format, which includes many hands-on activities and multiple tutors, will ensure that attendants benefit with new knowledge."

Participants will learn best practices when it comes to understanding the importance of evidence summaries, scientific literature search strategies, manuscript structure, using software to conduct data extraction and other skills.

Presenters at the workshop include Dr. Alonso Carrasco-Labra, director of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry; Dr. Michael Glick, editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association; and Kelly O'Brien, an informationist at the ADA Library and Archives.
Attendees can earn 14 continuing education credits.

Tuition is $750 for ADA members and $900 for nonmembers and it includes course materials and lunch.

For more information about the workshop or to register, visit