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Professor Sue Pavitt is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Oral and Dental Health and local co-lead for Yorkshire and Humber.
Professor Pavitt has a PhD in Human Cancer Genetics and had a high-profile career working with Professor Sir Walter Bodmer mapping the first colorectal cancer gene. She worked on the Human Genome Project at UCL, Oxford and UCSF, USA. Since 1998 she has specialised in applied health research, clinical trial methodology and translational research. Her research portfolio of clinical trials spans dentistry and medicine; characterized by forging effective, transdisciplinary research partnerships between clinicians, academics, industry and patients/public.
In her role as NIHR CRN National Speciality Lead for Oral and Dental Health, she has created new opportunities and infrastructure to stimulate national collaboration and portfolio expansion. She has established the first clinical study group and research consortium, PROSpECT Periodontal Research on Multi-morbidity and Systemic Health that is progressing a series of COMMAND Trials Common Oral Mechanisms of ActioN, to evaluate the role of periodontal interventions to improve multi-morbidity and systemic health, coordinated via PROSpECT – UK CONNECT.
She is also leading expansion DENTPRIME- national clinical study group and research alliance.
Professor Pavitt is passionate about patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE). She won the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Award 2016 for the oral health theatre coproduction “Don’t Smile” which has been made into a short film. This work led to the NIHR commissioning two series of short dramas “COVID and Me / COVID and Me-Vaccine” to promote inclusivity and empower participation in research. They support reach to underserved communities, in an accessible format to maximise impact and contribute to tackling health inequalities.