Carlos Flores Mir
Medicine & Dentistry-Dentistry and Dental Hygiene
University of Alberta
Summary of research:
My main research focus is on synthesizing the available clinical evidence to inform better both the clinician and the patients (lay persons) regarding clinical decisions. This research is closely related to my education component as most of my related research is done by mentoring my graduate students how to search, select and synthesize available evidence. A by product of this interest is a relatively large number of systematic summaries (called systematic reviews) that are published from these efforts. I am also working together with the American Dental Association to produce lay persons' summaries (plain language summaries) of the already published systematic reviews in dentistry. This effort can be seen at http://ebd.ada.org/PLS/PLSDefault.aspx. The idea behind this is to communicate science in a more understandable way to the new user, patients (knowledge translation). Additionally as an orthodontist I do research related to clinical outcomes of class II malocclusion (the most common type of bite mismatch). This is done simultaneously by executing related clinical studies and by analyzing data of orthodontic treatment already completed.