Title  The role of selective neck dissection used electively in patients with early oral squamous cell carcinoma (tumour stage T1 and T2) and no clinical evidence of lymph node metastases in the neck
Acronym  SEND
Study Type Prospective Randomised Controlled Trial
Status  In follow-up
Funding  Cancer Research UK, Saving Faces – The Facial Surgery Research Foundation
Ethics NRES Committee North East – Northern & Yorkshire (ref: 06/MRE03/69)

UPDATE 27/07/15: This trial is now closed to recruitment. We will be publishing the results in the near future. Please check back soon or contact us for more information.

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National audit of wisdom teeth (3rd molars) underway

The National 3rd Molar Audit (N3MA) is now underway in oral surgery departments around the country. Impacted wisdom teeth, where the teeth do not have enough space to emerge in the correct position, causes a pain and complications to thousands of people, mostly in their 20’s. The personal, medical and economic impact is not well understood. The surgical treatment of the third molar is one of the priority areas identified by The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) for a national audit.

The audit will record patient’s symptoms and details of treatment as well as following-up with patients three months later to assess their wellbeing and how satisfied they are with treatment they receive. You can read more on the study here.

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy

Ethicist – Formerly Dean of Law School King’s College London and Chair Nuffield Council on Bioethics; Emeritus Professor of Law University College London; Founded first Medical Ethics course; BBC Reith lecturer; Chair public inquiry into children’s heart surgery at Bristol; Former Chair Health Care Commission and inquiry into the quality of general practice; Chair Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and UK Research Integrity Office.

Survivorship Study

Title of study Psychosocial factors associated with quality of life and impact of cancer in long-term head and neck cancer survivors
Short title
Quality of life in head and neck cancer survivors
Study Type Retrospective Cohort Study
Status  Completed
Funding  Saving Faces – The Facial Surgery Research Foundation
Ethics Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI) – REC reference: 15/NI/0009

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Professor Charles Knowles

Charles Knowles is Professor of Surgical Research at Queen Mary University of London and Consultant Colorectal surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. Professor Knowles is Director of the NIHR Enteric Healthcare Technology Cooperative, co-director of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, and Research lead to the Neurogastroenterology section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and Pelvic floor section of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He is on the editorial board of 3 journals and is the author of over 100 peer reviewed publications and 5 books.