Colgate ODRT DCP Research Awards 2013

Colgate DCP Research Awards, in partnership with the Oral Dental Research Trust (ODRT), support research of clinical relevance, carried out by dental care professionals, with special emphasis on preventive care. A maximum of four awards up to the value of £5,000 are presented annually.

The 2013 awardees were presented with their certificates by Professor Angus Walls, Chair of the Oral Dental Research Trust, at a reception on the first day of the British Dental Conference in Excel, London.

Professor Walls said: ‘The Colgate DCP Research Awards are unique in encouraging DCPs to embark on novel research of immediate clinical relevance to help build and strengthen the academic base of the entire dental team. This year the ODRT received a record number of applications, and this together with the high quality of applications for awards, demonstrates the valuable contribution DCPs can make towards research.’

Congratulations to the 2013 awardees:

Fiona Sandom – Dental Hygienist/Therapist and Therapist Tutor for North Wales, Cardiff University Dental Postgraduate Education Department submitted a research proposal entitled:  ‘An Evaluation of the learning needs of Dental Care Professionals to enable them to carry out extended duties’

Susan Bissett – Research Dental Hygienist and Team Lead of the Dental Clinical Research Facility, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University submitted a research proposal entitled: ‘A questionnaire survey exploring the knowledge and attitudes of UK healthcare professionals involved in the management of diabetes towards the links between diabetes and periodontitis’

Christine Cotton – Dental Hygienist/Therapist and BSc Oral Health Science Lead, School of Dentistry, University of Manchester submitted a research proposal entitled: ‘Can Dental Care Professionals screen for oral malignancy and pre-malignancy: a diagnostic test accuracy study’

The Colgate DCP Research Awards offer all DCPs the opportunity to carry out research, and is an important introduction to research methodology for those who have never before been involved in research previously. A research team can be made up of all members of a general dental practice, including dental nurses, hygiene therapists & technicians and, and may also include a dentist as a mentor or supervisor.

Look out for the call for 2014 applications which will be announced in the dental press before the end of this year.

Picture: Christine Cotton, Fiona Sandom, Professor Angus Walls, Dr Anousheh Alavi, Colgate-Palmolive (U.K.) Ltd, and Susan Bissett

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