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Professor Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam BMSc (Hons) BDS PhD FDSRCS(Eng) FDSRCS(OS) FDSRCPS FHEA

Professor Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam

BMSc (Hons) BDS PhD FDSRCS(Eng) FDSRCS(OS) FDSRCPS FHEA

Professor of Oral Surgery & Consultant Oral Surgeon, Director of the National Violence Surveillance Network Violence Research Group, Chair Dental Research Ethics Committee

School of Dentistry

Email
sivarajasingam@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2074 2441
Campuses
University Dental Hospital, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XY
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Overview

I am Professor of Oral Surgery, Cardiff University and Consultant Oral Surgeon, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

As member of the high-profile interdisciplinary Cardiff University Violence Research Group (VRG), I contributed to VRG being identified as 'world leading' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, winning the 'Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education' for contributions to Medicine, Health and Welfare (2010) and being nominated for the prestigious Times Higher Education award (2012). My PhD studies included evaluations of public space CCTV and the measurement of injury from violence using Emergency Department records. This work demonstrated the reliability and validity of hospital data for this purpose. Stemming from this, I studied violence using panel data relating to socioeconomic, injury and alcohol variables.

I was appointed Chair, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine Managed Clinical Network (MCN, 2017) by Chief Dental Officer for Wales. Under my leadership, MCN has developed partnerships between Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine specialists for the purpose of improving the health and well-being of the people of Wales.

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As Oral Surgery Programme and District General Hospital Lead, I have overall responsibility for the direction and development of Oral Surgery, a core Cardiff University BDS curriculum. I was elected Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2018) for my contributions to post graduate Oral Surgery training and development in the UK. As Speciality Advisor (2016-), Training Programme Director and Chair, Speciality Training Committee (2013-19),  I lead Oral Surgery training in Wales for CCST. I am examiner, Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship Examination (2019-23) and Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (Part 2; 2011-). I am fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am a member of the Violence and Society Research Group (VRG) and contributed to VRG being identified as 'world leading' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, winning the 'Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education' for contributions to Medicine, Health and Welfare (2010) and being nominated for the prestigious Times Higher Education award (2012). I developed collaborations with external partners, including 167 Emergency Departments (EDs) in England and Wales, all four police forces in Wales, Office for National Statistics, Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and the Home Office. The development and expansion of the group has been facilitated by the close links which I formed with Cardiff Business School, School of Social Science and the Department of Primary Care and Public Health to study community violence using injury data. This interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians, which has been formalised within VRG, has been an important driver in translating my research findings into policy, potentially for better patient care and community benefit. For e.g. modelling violence-related injury has identified risk/protective factors amenable for interventions such as alcohol price, which is driving government policy on alcohol pricing. I am an advisor for the 'Welsh Government Panel on Substance Abuse' and my research on alcohol price and violence informed the Welsh Public Health White Paper (2014) 'Listening to you – Your health matters'.

My research trajectory, to tackle interpersonal violence and alcohol misuse, led to the development of the prototype network of Emergency Departments in England and Wales to collate, share injury data and disseminate findings. As Founder and Director of this National Violence Surveillance Network, I have made significant contributions to violence surveillance over the past two decades. I was awarded the International Research Prize for work on violence epidemiology. As Clinical Lead in many of the projects on tackling violence, which sit at the interface between clinical and academic research, I lead on idea generation, NHS ethics, patient recruitment and data quality and maximised opportunity for outputs to align with clinical practice.

As Divisional R&D Lead (2016-19), expert member Welsh Research Ethics Committee, (2017-19), Research Integrity Lead, (2017-), Dental School Research Ethics Officer (2016-) and Chair, Dental School Research Ethics Committee (2016-), I have facilitated links between University and Health Board researchers ensuring legal and ethical standards on research undertaken by students and staff.

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