CDE: Integrative Global Oral Health Lecture Series ft. Alonso Carrasco-Labra DDS, MSc, PhD

Aug, 2021
05:30 PM-07:00 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom webinar
This lecture will be recorded and made available in the online classroom after the event.

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm EST; This virtual lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE; Registration is still required.
CE Credits: 1.5 lecture credits
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Emergence of a Global Evidence Ecosystem for Oral Health

Course Description

This lecture will describe the role of systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical guidelines for the future of healthcare. Second, it will Illustrate issues of research waste with examples of inefficiencies using the scientific literature. Third, the lecture will propose a set of principles for the creation and expansion of a Global evidence Ecosystem for Oral Health. Fourth, it will provide a preview as to how a fully implemented ecosystem can serve clinical and policy decision-making around the world.

Learning Objectives

Participants will become familiar with the main challenges when using evidence to inform clinical practice and policy, and how a Global Evidence Ecosystem can make a difference.


Alonso Carrasco-Labra DDS, MSc, PhD, is the Senior Director of the Department of Evidence Synthesis and Translation Research at the American Dental Association and Adjunct professor at the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Health Science, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has completed his master’s in clinical epidemiology and a PhD in health research methodology at McMaster University, in Canada, under the supervision and mentorship of Professor Gordon Guyatt. He received his DDS from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Chile. He is a member and closely collaborate with the Cochrane Patient Reported Outcome Methods Group, the Applicability and Recommendation Methods Group, The Oral Health Group, the Wounds Group, and the GRADE working group. He has served as clinical practice guideline and policy methodologist for the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), as well as the governments and health care agencies in Saudi Arabia, Spain, Dominican Republic, Scotland, Canada, Colombia, Chile, and other ministries of health worldwide.

He is an author of a series of 10 articles titled “Practical Approach to Evidence Based Dental Practice” published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) in 2015. He is also author of more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in medicine and dentistry and author/co-author in eight books for practicing evidence-based medicine and research, including the “Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature” published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (3rd edition) and the book “How to Use Evidence-Based Dental Practices to Improve Your Clinical Decision-Making” published by the American Dental Association in 2020. In 2020, he received the IADR William J. Gies to the best clinical article published in the Journal of Dental Research: “Nonrestorative Treatments for Caries: Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis”, which made it to the list of the most cited articles in the journal in the last 3 years.