Involving London

Bridging the Gap

Patient and Public Research lay advisor and panel member wanted
  • Do you have experience of or an interest in oral (dental) health?
  • Do you want to influence the type of community public health interventions that would be selected for detailed evaluation and how these could improve the oral health of the population and reduce oral health inequalities among adults?
We are a group of researchers primarily based at University College London with expertise in dental public health, health inequalities and economic evaluation. We are applying for funds through the Public Health Research programme of the National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR).
When developing research it is important to understand the needs of patients and potential patients to ensure that the research is in their best interests. For this reason we want to invite people who have been affected by, have an interest in, or have experience of oral health problems to act as advisors to our research.
What would this mean?
  • You would be working in partnership with other lay colleagues, potential patients and researchers to comment on research plans and, should the proposal get funded, sit in project related panels that will advise the entire research project, from the selection of public health interventions to the sharing of research findings in oral public health.
  • You do not need any previous experience, just a willingness to discuss with the researchers the proposal, review the proposal documents and attend meetings and give your perspective as someone with experience of or an interest in oral health.
  • The position is voluntary but some training and support will be provided, and all travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed. Meetings are expected to take place in and around the London Euston area and you will be invited to attend 3 to 4 meetings per year for about 3 years.                    

There are no restrictions in relation to where you live and previous use of dental services, these are not required for the purposes of this research, though it may be useful.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact Dr George Tsakos on 020 76795614or via email ( or alternatively contact Dr Christos Vasilakis via email (
For further information – visit the UCL Dental Public Health Group’s website at