£7,000 dental research funds up for grabs

A scholarship award worth £7,000 for research in primary dental care is available.

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP (UK)) and the British Society for General Dental Surgery (BSGDS) are inviting applications for the 2008 BSGDS Scholarship Award.

Established by the BSGDS in 1993, the scholarship supports a single research project in primary dental care and is awarded every two years.

The successful recipient of the 2008 scholarship, which is aided by sponsorship from KaVo Dental Ltd, will receive money to fund their project.

Applications are invited from general dental practitioners with at least four years’ experience in a primary care setting, and should be submitted by completing the FGDP (UK)/BSGD protocol submission form.

The closing date for applications is 9 June 2008, and the winning protocol will be selected by a panel of members from the FGDP (UK) Board and BSGDS Executive Committee.

Last year’s award was shared between two research projects: Factors influencing the referral of oral soft tissue lesions from primary care and The use of ICDAS in general dental practice.

Reports of these projects will appear shortly in Primary Dental Care journal.

The FGDP (UK) supports the BSGDS in the award of this scholarship as part of its initiatives to promote research in primary dental care.

To help address the problem of a lack of research skills among primary care workers, the Faculty has produced a series of research leaflets, held workshops and training days, and developed a network of divisional research contacts.

A protocol submission form for applicants, as well as guidelines for completing the form, can be found at www.fgdp.org.uk/research, or can be requested by contacting Amrita Narain on 020 7869 6750 or anarain@rcseng.ac.uk.

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