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Anne-Marie Glenny

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Professor of Health Sciences Research/ Director of Research


I am Professor of Health Sciences Research and Research Director at the School of Dentistry, University of Manchester.

I have worked within the field of evidence based practice since 1993 and have experience of a broad range of systematic reviews, utilising a range of methodologies. I have led on a series of reviews funded by CDC (US) to inform US public health policy and developed evidence-based guidelines around mouth care for children with cancer. I have also undertaken HTA and MRC funded methodological projects exploring indirect comparisons of competing interventions.  I co-lead the North West Evidence Synthesis Network, a joint initiative between UoM and NICE. This Network aims to bring together health researchers, guidelines developers and policy makers from across Greater Manchester and the north west with an interest in evidence reviews. Since 2000, I have been an editor with the Cochrane Oral Health Group.



I participate in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching within the School of Dentistry. I have been involved in curriculum development and most recently have worked with staff across faculty, leading on the development of a faculty-wide Research Methods Unit, the aim of which is to produce postgraduate students who are competent in issues related to the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.

Selected publications




  • Brocklehurst, P., Kujan, O., O'Malley, L. A., Ogden, G., Shepherd, S., & Glenny, A. M. (2013).

    Screening programmes for the early detection and prevention of oral cancer.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 11, CD004150. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD004150.pub4. Publication link: 9739f9b0-fb18-404a-9dd6-6403485b06aa | PubMed:24254989
  • Brocklehurst, P., Price, J., Glenny, A. M., Tickle, M., Birch, S., Mertz, E., & Grytten, J. (2013).

    The effect of different methods of remuneration on the behaviour of primary care dentists.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 11, CD009853. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD009853.pub2. Publication link: d963e14b-680d-4032-85dc-010ef4848115 | PubMed:24194456
  • Glenny, A. M., Worthington, H. V., Milsom, K. M., Rooney, E., & Tickle, M. (2013).

    Strategies for maximizing consent rates for child dental health surveys: A randomised controlled trial. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 13(1), [108]. DOI:10.1186/1471-2288-13-108. Publication link: 74263bfa-0a9c-48d4-9f96-074f680ebf57 | PubMed:24006895
  • Macey, R., Walsh, T., Glenny, A. M., Worthington, H., Tickle, M., Ashley, J., & Brocklehurst, P. (2013).

    Protocol for diagnostic test accuracy study: The efficacy of screening for common dental diseases by Dental Care Professionals. BMC oral health, 13(1), [45]. DOI:10.1186/1472-6831-13-45. Publication link: f882335d-699e-4dc8-870e-51748c16aca3 | PubMed:24053760
  • Walsh, T., Liu, J. L. Y., Brocklehurst, P., Glenny, A. M., Lingen, M., Kerr, A. R., ... Scully, C. (2013).

    Clinical assessment to screen for the detection of oral cavity cancer and potentially malignant disorders in apparently healthy adults.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 11, CD010173. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD010173.pub2. Publication link: 8ba4884c-8256-47e2-8936-c06d31c52644 | PubMed:24258195
  • Worthington, H. V., Glenny, A. M., & Clarkson, J. E. (2013).

    Twenty years of the Cochrane Collaboration. Journal of Dental Research, 92(8), 680-681. DOI:10.1177/0022034513491116. Publication link: b395145c-b972-4408-8cb9-77ae8fed7d7e | PubMed:23686241
  • Xiong, T., Parekh-Bhurke, S., Loke, Y. K., Abdelhamid, A., Sutton, A. J., Eastwood, A. J., ... Song, F. (2013).

    Overall similarity and consistency assessment scores are not sufficiently accurate for predicting discrepancy between direct and indirect comparison estimates. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 66(2), 184-191. DOI:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2012.06.022. Publication link: 7defe9c9-7ac5-4e28-bd1a-ad4ce4c9c8ed | PubMed:23186991



  • Bessell, A., Glenny, A-M., Furness, S., Clarkson, J. E., Oliver, R., Conway, D. I., ... Worthington, H. V. (2011).

    Interventions for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers: surgical treatment.The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 9(9), CD006205. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD006205.pub3. Publication link: ca89dd71-8380-4769-8450-d21d14dd76fc | PubMed:21901703
  • Bessell, A., Hooper, L., Shaw, W. C., Reilly, S., Reid, J., & Glenny, A. M. (2011).

    Feeding interventions for growth and development in infants with cleft lip, cleft palate or cleft lip and palate.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 2(2), CD003315. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD003315.pub3. Publication link: fb196987-5a6c-45cb-b9be-ece37ed12706 | PubMed:21328261
  • Buti, J., Glenny, A. M., Worthington, H. V., Nieri, M., & Baccini, M. (2011).

    Network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials: direct and indirect treatment comparisons.European journal of oral implantology, 4(1), 55-62. . Publication link: 6f62acf7-6714-416d-b34a-5d44c7321959 | PubMed:21594220
  • Furness, S., Glenny, A. M., Worthington, H. V., Pavitt, S., Oliver, R., Clarkson, J. E., ... Conway, D. I. (2011).

    Interventions for the treatment of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer: chemotherapy.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 4(4), CD006386. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD006386.pub3. Publication link: f00522eb-89da-4696-85e1-15baf8d8983c | PubMed:21491393
  • Millett, D. T., Mandall, N. A., Mattick, R. C., Hickman, J., & Glenny, A. M. (2011).

    Adhesives for bonded molar tubes during fixed brace treatment.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), (6), CD008236. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD008236.pub2. Publication link: 9be83ec5-95f8-418b-9c91-ad11644f9c16 | PubMed:21678375
  • Song, F., Xiong, T., Parekh-Bhurke, S., Loke, Y. K., Sutton, A. J., Eastwood, A. J., ... Altman, D. G. (2011).

    Inconsistency between direct and indirect comparisons of competing interventions: Meta-epidemiological study. BMJ, 343(7821), [d4909]. DOI:10.1136/bmj.d4909. Publication link: a284895e-3991-4812-8a31-8157d6adc0c7 | PubMed:21846695
  • Wong, M. C. M., Clarkson, J., Glenny, A. M., Lo, E. C. M., Marinho, V. C. C., Tsang, B. W. K., ... Worthington, H. V. (2011).

    Cochrane reviews on the benefits/risks of fluoride toothpastes. Journal of Dental Research, 90(5), 573-579. DOI:10.1177/0022034510393346. Publication link: 7c746998-224e-41fb-814a-fdbc5cc32d1e | PubMed:21248357
  • Worthington, H. V., Clarkson, J. E., Bryan, G., Furness, S., Glenny, A-M., Littlewood, A., ... Khalid, T. (2011).

    Interventions for preventing oral mucositis for patients with cancer receiving treatment. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12(4), CD000978. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD000978.pub5. Publication link: 89fe88b0-ed69-47f9-a7db-41bcf7a2e40c | PubMed:21154347


  • Deacon, S. A., Glenny, A. M., Deery, C., Robinson, P. G., Heanue, M., Walmsley, A. D., & Shaw, W. C. (2010).

    Different powered toothbrushes for plaque control and gingival health.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 12, CD004971. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD004971.pub2. Publication link: b7f216bb-ca51-4d16-a2fd-0584b545d0f6 | PubMed:21154357
  • Furness, S., Glenny, A. M., Worthington, H. V., Pavitt, S., Oliver, R., Clarkson, J. E., ... CSROC Expert Panel, . U. (2010).

    Interventions for the treatment of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer: chemotherapy.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 9(9), CD006386. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD006386.pub2. Publication link: 59ae3264-3a3c-4b2b-bd6a-f5a8ad61dea3 | PubMed:20824847
  • Glenny, A. M., Furness, S., Worthington, H. V., Conway, D. I., Oliver, R., Clarkson, J. E., ... CSROC Expert Panel, . U. (2010).

    Interventions for the treatment of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer: radiotherapy.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), 12(12), CD006387. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD006387.pub2. Publication link: eb48bc43-0211-4c6f-a39f-bd260629c02a | PubMed:21154367
  • Glenny, A. M., Gibson, F., Auld, E., Coulson, S., Clarkson, J. E., Craig, J. V., ... Pizer, B. (2010).

    The development of evidence-based guidelines on mouth care for children, teenagers and young adults treated for cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 46(8), 1399-1412. DOI:10.1016/j.ejca.2010.01.023. Publication link: c55a1516-afdf-46da-b266-345aa19feaa9 | PubMed:20227272
  • Walsh, T., Worthington, H. V., Glenny, A. M., Appelbe, P., Marinho, V. C., & Shi, X. (2010).

    Fluoride toothpastes of different concentrations for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), (1), CD007868. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD007868.pub2. Publication link: 13d84830-8eb1-403d-a23a-378157207871 | PubMed:20091655
  • Wong, M. C., Glenny, A. M., Tsang, B. W., Lo, E. C., Worthington, H. V., & Marinho, V. C. (2010).

    Topical fluoride as a cause of dental fluorosis in children.Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), (1), CD007693. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD007693.pub2. Publication link: 3134f778-f235-4b94-9ed5-1b231a996442 | PubMed:20091645


  • Glenny, A. M., Fernandez Mauleffinch, L. M., Pavitt, S., & Walsh, T. (2009).

    Interventions for the prevention and treatment of herpes simplex virus in patients being treated for cancer. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), (1), [CD006706]. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD006706.pub2. Publication link: f223d903-2710-4a94-a863-1e1a1833f5d1
  • Glenny, A. M., Worthington, H. V., Esposito, M., & Nieri, M. (2009).

    What are clinical guidelines?. European journal of oral implantology, 2(2), 145-148. DOI:10.1080/146392300455558. Publication link: 8f601f58-2e9f-4f38-ab23-15e99f145ba2
  • Glenny, A., Esposito, M. A., Nieri, M., & Worthington, H. V. (2009).

    How to interpret meta-analyses of randomised controlled clinical trials. Eur J Oral Implantology, (1), 61-66. . Publication link: 67c8239a-a256-479f-b527-e1b617a78c9a



  • Deery, C., Heanue, M., Deacon, S., Robinson, P. G., Walmsley, A. D., Worthington, H., ... Glenny, A. M. (2004).

    The effectiveness of manual versus powered toothbrushes for dental health: A systematic review. Journal of Dentistry, 32(3), 197-211. DOI:10.1016/j.jdent.2003.11.006. Publication link: 5c6e637b-94fc-403b-b139-d5489f69c00f


  • Glenny, A., Song, F., Altman, D. G., & Deeks, J. J. (2003).

    Validity of indirect comparison for estimating efficacy of competing interventions: empirical evidence from published meta-analysis. British Medical Journal, 326. DOI:10.1136/bmj.326.7387.472. Publication link: 9944714b-f955-44ef-ba88-b36098d10718

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