22 September 2010
Mr Andrew Schache, an oral & maxillofacial surgical trainee in Liverpool, has been awarded the first, joint training research fellowship by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons and the Wellcome Trust to further his research into the role of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in mouth and throat cancer.
Mr Schache, a Specialist Registrar at University Hospital Aintree and the University of Liverpool, has been given joint research fellowship of £179,707 to conduct a two year project investigating the best test for HPV positive cancers and improve targeted, individualised treatment.
The inception of the annual joint research fellowship between the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons and the Wellcome Trust reflects a shared interest in improving human health and patient care.
Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Chair of the Faculty of Dental Surgery Research Committee at the Royal College of Surgeons said:
“The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons is committed to continuous investment in surgical research with the aim of improving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental and orofacial conditions. We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with the Wellcome Trust for the first time to achieve that aim and encourage more research across the dental specialties.”
Dr John Williams, Head of Clinical Activities at the Wellcome Trust, said:
“The Welcome Trust is dedicated to achieving improvements in human health and so is delighted to be working in partnership with the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons to support research improving the understanding of dental and oral diseases.”
Mr Andrew Schache said:
“I am grateful to the Royal College of Surgeons and the Wellcome Trust for their support so that I can continue my research into the role of HPV in oral and oropharyngeal cancer. With incidence rates increasing in the UK it feels timely to be investigating this aggressive disease and I hope that my research will go some way to help clinicians better individualise treatment for patients.”
Head and neck cancer is the sixth commonest cancer worldwide with 500,000 cases diagnosed each year, and oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma makes up the majority of those cases. In the UK rates of the mouth and throat cancer are steadily increasing despite a reduction in tobacco smoking. Recent international research has linked the Human Papilloma Virus, most commonly associated with cervical cancer, to development of oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
The Faculty of Dental Surgery & the Wellcome Trust Joint Dental Research Fellowship is one of several research schemes run by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. Miss Rishma Shah, Clinical Lecturer at UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital, has been awarded a 2010 Faculty of Dental Surgery Research Fellowship to support her research into facial muscle tissue, as part of ongoing work to help patients with facial deformity. Several Smaller Grants Scheme prizes have also been awarded this year to further clinical research into: the causes of cleft palate; oral health in hospital in-patients; the molecular biology of periodontal disease; and new filling materials.
Further information about Grants, Awards and Fellowships awarded by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Notes to Editors:
- The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. Registered charity number: 212808. For more information please visit www.rcseng.ac.uk
- The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and patient care across the dental specialities. For more information please visit www.rcseng.ac.uk/fds
- The Wellcome Trust is a global charity dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests. www.wellcome.ac.uk
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