Honour for dental professor

University of Sheffield Professor Paul Speight has won an international prize for his research into mouth cancer.

He will receive the 2008 Oral Medicine and Pathology Research Award in Canada in July.

One of the 16 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Awards, the Oral Medicine and Pathology Award is one of the highest honours bestowed by the association.

The award is supported by Sunstar Americas, Inc. and recognises outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms governing the health and diseases of the oral cavity and associated structures, principally encompassing skin, bone, and the oral soft tissue.

Professor Speight will receive a cash prise and a plaque.

It is one of the highest honours to be awarded in his area of work.

Professor Speight, Dean of the university’s School of Clinical Dentistry, looks at ways to detect the disease early on and offer effective screening.

He said: ‘It is a great honour to be recognised in this way.’

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