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2021 FDS oral and dental research awards

28 May 2021

The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England is delighted to announce the outcome of the 2021 research competitions. More information on our research programme can be found in the Oral and Dental Research section.

Professor Helen Rodd MBE, Chair of the FDS Research Committee said:

Firstly, many congratulations to the 11 recipients of a 2021 FDS Pump-Priming Grant and to James Allison, from Newcastle Dental School, who was awarded a one-year Research Fellowship. James’s research has direct relevance to the current global pandemic as he will be investigating viral carriage in bioaerosols using dentistry as a model. This year the Faculty extended a specific call for pump-priming applications relating to Covid and two innovative oral health projects were supported. Indeed, the overall quality (and number) of all the research applications was nothing short of outstanding. My FDS colleagues and external reviewers were really encouraged and inspired by the commitment and ability of the applicants, many of whom were at very early stages of their research careers. It was also evident that these applicants were being really supported and mentored in their respective posts. I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to the many colleagues who gave up their time to review these research applications, which was no small task. I would also like to thank the specialist societies who co-funded some of the pump-priming grants in their own fields: British Society of Paediatric Dentistry; British Association of Oral Surgeons; British Society of Gerodontology; British and Irish Society of Oral Medicine; Society of Anaesthesia and Analgesia in Dentistry. The Faculty wishes all the candidates a successful and rewarding year of research and we look forward to next year’s applicants.

2021 FDS research grant recipients

Pump-Priming Grant  Applicant   Host Institution   Research title
 FDS  Emma BEECROFT  Newcastle University Development of novel in vitro human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived sensory-like neuronal model of orofacial neuropathic pain.
   Neha SHAH Queen Mary University of London/Royal London Dental Hospital A study to test the feasibility and acceptability of using photography to assess socket healing in pre-radiotherapy head and neck cancer patients
   Laura WHITEHOUSE  University of Leeds Biomimetic Scaffolds for in vitro dentine production
 FDS-BAOS Mark GORMLEY  University of Bristol Establishing a DNA methylation profile for e-cigarette exposure in oral and oropharyngeal cancer cells.
 FDS-BSG  Daniel GILLWAY  Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Digital denture scanning and 3D printing for residents in care homes – a potential solution for managing denture loss
 FDS-BSPD  Armaana AHMAD  UCL Eastman Dental Institute Genetic Investigations for Children who have Type II Dentinogenesis Imperfecta: A Feasibility Study
   Julia PALMER  Newcastle Dental School Experience of Adolescent painful TempoRomandibuLar Disorder:
EARLy study
 FDS-BISOM  John MACKEN  Blizard Institute, London
Enhancing our understanding of the healing potential of the oral mucosa
 FDS-COVID  Tom DUDDING  Bristol Dental Hospital The impact of primary dental care services on serious dental sepsis: A natural experiment using COVID-19
   Paul RYAN  Institute of Dentistry, (Royal London Hospital)  Antibody responses to SARS-CoV2 in Clinical Dental workers – A longitudinal study
1. Dental Department - The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
2. Surrey and Sussex Hospital Trust
3. Canterbury Health Centre
What is the value (if any) of Bispectral Index Monitoring for adults with little or no verbal communication undergoing intravenous conscious sedation for dental treatment and is there potential for wider use of such devices in dental conscious sedation training and practice?
Research Fellowship
 Applicant  Host Institution  Research title
 James ALLISON  Newcastle Dental School  VICINITY—Understanding VIral Carriage IN bIoaerosols using denTistrY as a model



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