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National Facial and Oral Research Centre (NFORC)

The National Facial and Oral Research Centre (NFORC) is the UK’s Head and Neck Surgical Trials Unit dedicated to prospective cohort and randomised trials in this anatomical domain.

It results from a collaboration between the British Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS), the Facial Surgery Research Foundation – Saving Faces (FSRF), the CRUK Cancer Prevention Trials Unit (CPTU), the Barts Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The intellectual leadership for NFORC trials emanates from the BAOMS Research and Clinical Effectiveness Committees. The imprimatur of BAOMS decision-making should ensure that all BAOMS members participate in these trials resulting in rapid recruitment and trial closure.

The generic research skills are provided by FSRF, CPTU and BCTU. Professor Peter Sasieni, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, is Director of CPTU and BCTU, and Professor Iain Hutchison is the  Director NFORC. HSCIC provide web-based data systems and secure data transfer and storage for the cohort studies.

Professor James McCaul has been appointed NFORC’s Surgical Research lead and Chair of the BAOMS Council Research Committee. James Gallagher is Chair of the BAOMS Clinical Effectiveness Committee. They play leadership roles, assisting applicants in the clinical aspects of trial development through their committee structure.

NFORC aims

  • Help surgeons develop cohort and randomised studies covering all aspects of OMF surgery
  • Ensure all OMF trainees participate in clinical trials and have this enshrined in their training programmes
  • Encourage every patient being treated by OMF surgeons to participate in one of these studies
  • Enable clinically valuable and scientifically excellent surgical studies to be successfully completed
  • Develop a national network of consultants and trainees who will deliver trials within their specialist field
  • Provide research training for consultant surgeons, trainees and undergraduate medical and dental students

NFORC and BCTU can also provide investigators with bespoke web-based systems for clinical data management.

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