New student clinician talent unveiled

The BDA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Awards has long been known for showcasing work from some of the UK’s most promising young clinicians and is now entering its 36th year.

Last year’s awards were a phenomenal success and displayed a remarkably high standard of work from those who entered. With the quality of work constantly improving, this year’s event promises to exhibit some of the best research yet.

The awards give dental students from all across the UK the chance to present their own research. Work from up to 17 dental schools will be featured, all of which are vying to win the top prize of a £10,000 undergraduate research grant for their school.

To be in with a chance of winning students are asked to create a small presentation (in poster form) which features their own independent research. The subject of which can concentrate on any aspect of dentistry which interests the student.

Previous entries have studied subjects ranging from Wilms’ Tumour Protein to the demineralisation of teeth. The awards always guarantee a wealth of work that is thought provoking, passionate and unique.

Last year’s winner Ross Leader of Liverpool University said: 'Winning the competition was like a first class ticket to cloud nine.

'It wasn’t something I was expecting at all as the posters on display were really excellent – covering a wide variety of different topics. I know this sounds clichéd, but everyone was a winner as the calibre on show really was phenomenal.”

Not only does the winner receive a £10,000 research grant for their school, they are also invited to travel to New Orleans on an all-expenses paid trip where they will visit the American Dental Institute as guest of Dentsply International. Here they will get the chance to discuss their research with American peers and other international winners.

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