The MTReC Committee

MTReC is a trainee led and delivered research network, which now has a presence in most Maxillofacial Surgery units across the UK. Our aim is to deliver high quality, clinically relevant, trainee led research.

Projects are proposed, designed and delivered by a Core Project Team of trainees, with support from senior research staff and nurses. Projects are implemented by the MTReC network of regional leads and local collaborators in units across the UK; their input is recognised in publications with a pubmed listed citation.

MTReC is led by a committee, which currently also acts as the Core Project Team for the Cervicofacial Infection Project. As MTReC moves forward we envisage that further Core Project Teams will come together to run other exciting projects.

Sam Kent


I am currently an ST in South Wales, having previously having worked in Aberdeen and London. I have been involved with MTReC since its first project, when I was a second degree student, and also as an SHO and now registrar. I firmly believe that trainee collaborative research has the power to inform and change our clinical practice and improve patient care. Involving as many trainees as possible in meaningful research, especially those that don’t see themselves as academics, can help build a solid academic future for our specialty in the UK.​

Alastair Henry


I'm a ST3 in South Wales. I studied dentistry in Sheffield and Medicine in Cardiff. I've been involved with MTReC for 3 years; first as a Regional Lead and now as a committee member and website admin. I became involved as I believe strongly in being able to back up treatment choices with sound evidence. I look forward to seeing MTReC help fulfill this. 

Basim Dawoud


I am currently an ST1 in OMFS based in Manchester having completed Academic Foundation in Leeds. As a founding member of MTReC I firmly believe collaborative research will drive our speciality forward and generate a new era of learning and understanding.

Alasdair Regan


I’m currently studying Medicine as a second degree at Glasgow University, having completed Dentistry - also at Glasgow - in 2014. My OMFS experience has been in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. I became involved with MTReC after proposing a study into Facial Feminisation Surgery for transgender women for which I am the project lead. I’m really excited by the potential for MTReC to undertake unique research in order to address the gaps in literature within our specialty.

Alan Geddes


I am currently an ST in Glasgow having previously worked in South Wales and completed undergraduate training in Dundee. Twenty twenty marks the first year that I have been involved with MTREC and I am excited to have helped in executing the MANTRA project. I think that it is very important in our comparatively small speciality of Maxillofacial to support each other's work, combine our efforts and experiences in order to see a bigger picture. That's what collaborative research is all about. Socially I enjoy cycling and spending time with my son.

Christopher Blore

General Secretary

I'm a specialty trainee in the West Midlands, having studied Dentistry in Sheffield and Medicine in Birmingham. I have previously worked with research collaboratives as a medical student and during junior surgical training. I firmly believe that a trainee collaborative is the most powerful way to generate meaningful data and I want to help make that happen.

Dee Kumar

Social Media Rep

I am currently a second-degree student at Liverpool with previous training in South Yorkshire and Scotland. I'm thrilled to be joining the team and look forward to working with colleagues across the country to further widen MTReC's research network through my role. OMFS is a dynamic specialty attracting individuals with a variety of skillsets whether they be clinical, academic or otherwise: it is exciting to see how our individual strengths can be blended to bring about meaningful evidenced based improvements to patient care.

Chris Jefferies


I have just finished foundation training and am working as a clinical fellow in OMFS for the department in Leeds. I studied dentistry at Leeds University and medicine at HYMS. I became interested in MTReC through hearing of the exciting work that has been undertaken and the unique nature of it's collaborative approach. I hope to help in my role as webmaster,     aiding where I can in the advancement of our projects. 

The Maxillofacial Trainee Research Collaborative

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