Colgate and ODRT celebrate with DCP research awardees

Colgate explains what happened at its lunch for recipients of the Robin Davies DCP Awards recently.

A celebratory luncheon for the 2018 recipients of the Robin Davies DCP Awards took place at Chandos House, London, attended by leaders in dentistry.

The awards are given in partnership between The Oral and Dental Research Trust (ODRT) and Colgate.

The awards are offered for research conducted by dental care professionals to support investigations of clinical relevance, particularly in the field of preventive care.

The name of the awards changed in 2017 to reflect the contribution of Professor Robin Davies, a vanguard of dental research who inspired and supported many young researchers from all parts of the dental profession.

A dental team approach

Drs Lone Lenes and Emanuele Cotroneo from Colgate Scientific Affairs welcomed everyone acknowledging Colgate’s long term commitment and pleasure in partnering with the ODRT for the last 15 years.

Sara Hurley, chief dental officer, England then reinforced the importance of a dental team approach and the increasing contribution of DCPs in improving oral health.

Sara also mentioned previous notable awardees whose introduction has opened up new opportunities within dental education, leadership and community care.

Professor Angus Walls, ODRT chair, introduced the attending 2018 awardees:

  • Lucy Rutter – dual qualified dental hygienist and dental therapist. Investigating a mixed methods evaluation of the Leeds City Council’s oral health promotion intervention, ‘Choose the Cup Campaign’
  • Kimberley Pickering – dental nurse. Investigating the attitudes and perceptions of Muay Thai participants on using mouth guards to help prevent unnecessary dental trauma
  • Leon Bassi – dual qualified dental hygienist and dental therapist. Investigating the awareness of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) criteria for the detection of dental caries amongst dental therapists and hygienists
  • Nicola Legg – dental nurse. Investigating what nurseries have in place regarding tooth friendly snacks and are there any geographical variations within the city of Portsmouth.

Professor Walls commented: ‘The Robin Davies Awards luncheon is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate research into oral health care designed and delivered by dental care professionals rather than dentists.

‘This programme is unique globally in providing research support for this group of dental care professionals.

‘It was a great privilege for me as director of the ODRT to come together with Colgate to celebrate the success of fantastic members of the dental team.’

Please visit to apply for Robin Davies DCP Awards 2019.

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