SEND trial closes recruitment

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Headline News: Our Data Monitoring Committee applaud SEND recruitment. They find statistical significance in interim results and recommend trial closure to new patients, rapid publication and maintain follow up of all patients for 5 years.

The SEND trial is looking at two commonly used surgical techniques for the treatment of early mouth cancer. After an early analysis of the results, our Data Monitoring Committee have found that there is enough evidence available to determine the best course of treatment for patients and so our flagship clinical trial will no longer be recruiting patients. Over the coming months we will be collecting and analysing the final data. We will be publishing the results in the near future.

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NFORC Official Public Launch – 26 November 2014

Surgeons and researchers from around the country and beyond gathered on Wednesday, 26th of November for the offical launch of the National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC) in the Purcell room on London’s Southbank.

World-famous actor and Saving Faces patron, Alan Rickman , officially opened the Centre, along with NHS Deputy Director, Mike Bewick. The event was presided over by award-winning journalist, Jon Snow.

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Engaging the researchers of tomorrow

The Bart’s and the London Medical School held a careers fair on the 18th of March. Director of NFORC, Professor Iain Hutchison and a team of NFORC researchers spoke to medical students about the importance of surgical research. NFORC is paving the way for head and neck research in the UK and is committed to making it an integral part of medical practise in the future.

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.