Winner of the Frank Ashley Undergraduate Prize – Emily Davison
To reflect our commitment to progression and innovation within periodontology, the BSP awards annual prizes for research and periodontology, both for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Frank Ashley Undergraduate Prize is awarded to encourage dental undergraduates at UK dental schools to undertake a project with a clear periodontal educational benefit.
This year we are delighted to award the prize to Emily Davison, from the University of Glasgow Dental School.
Emily undertook a research-based elective at the Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, with Dr Karin Lundberg’s group, investigating a possible aetiological link between the periodontal disease-associated bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Emily also visited Dr Tulay Linderbeg’s research group in the periodontology department at Karolinska University Dental Hospital.
Please click the link to read Emily’s fantastic report:
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Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease 2018 awarded to Professor Iain Chapple
Congratulations to former BSP President, Professor Iain Chapple, who has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease by the International Association for Dental Research. The prestigious award was presented at the IADR conference in London on 25th July, in recognition of Professor Chapple’s significant contribution to the field of oral health research.
Iain Chapple, Head of the School of Dentistry at Birmingham University, is a leading researcher in periodontology whose work has covered various aspects of the pathobiology of periodontal diseases, from “bench to bedside”, and their associations with systemic diseases.
Commenting on the award, Professor Chapple said: “I was somewhat shocked, but delighted to receive the news. It is really a team award for the periodontal research group in Birmingham, because research these days is a team effort and I have been very fortunate to work with fantastic people both past and present. I must also recognise my former mentors, John Matthews and Sig Socransky, and my dear friend and colleague Ricardo Teles, who we all miss, and who I am sure would have been a recipient of this award.”
Professor Chapple is the second UK clinical scientist to receive this honour since its inception in 1965, the other being Prof Martin Addy in 1994. Two UK basic scientists Prof Mike Curtis (2005) and Prof Tom Lehner (1976) have also won this award. Recent recipients of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Diseases include Panos Papapanou (USA, 2017), Kazuhisa Yamazaki (Japan, 2016), P. Mark Bartold (Australia, 2015), and Dana Graves (USA, 2014).
The BSP Patient Forum met again in July and had an extremely successful meeting. It was very encouraging to see again most of the participants from 2017 and we were joined by a number of new members. The purpose of the Forum is to give a voice to the community and help shape the future of gum health in the UK and to work with our Society.
The Patient Forum members shared their experiences and ideas and provided an invaluable insight into the challenges faced by patients and of areas that could be developed moving forwards.
Professor Needleman and Dr Penny Hodge reflected on the meeting and said, “We felt privileged to work with such a creative, caring and passionate group. It was an extremely productive day and the level of discussion was remarkable. The BSP will now take on board the experiences and ideas shared at the meeting as we continue our mission to improve care, research and awareness about gum health. It is hard to overstate the uniqueness and importance of the Forum. We would like to thank all the members of the Patient Forum for giving up their time to support us in this important initiative and a special thank you to GSK-Oral Health for supporting the event.”
The BSP Patient Forum will continue to work together to accomplish further advancements in the care of patients with periodontitis.
Following the recent, very successful, EuroPerio9 conference in Amsterdam, and the announcement made there concerning the New Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions, we shared with our members a press release from the EFP. This provided the background to the work undertaken to reach this stage and links to the full information now available online via the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (EFP) and Journal of Periodontology (AAP).
As part of our Gum Health Awareness campaign, called ‘A Lifetime of Smiling’, we have been raising the awareness of gum health. Establishing good oral health habits in childhood will help prevent gum disease in adulthood. To support this, the society produced a series of educational materials aimed at children, parents and carers; dental professionals; and healthcare professionals.