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Faculty of Dental Surgery awards over £150,000 in research grants

14 Sep 2016

The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) has awarded over £150,000 to dental surgeons, and a dental care professional, to undertake research. The successful applicants will use the funding to investigate outcomes for treatments for oral cancer and cleft lip, as well as looking at the most effective ways to improve children’s dental health.

Research fellowships have been awarded in partnership with the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) and some small grants were offered in partnership with the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD). The awards are to support research designed to benefit children’s oral health and the oral health of the community.

Dental Hygienist and Therapist, Miss Emma Pacey, has been awarded a grant to support a master’s degree she is undertaking at University College London. Miss Pacey, who also lectures in Oral Health Science at the University of Essex, will investigate how supporting parents and carers can help reduce children’s sugar intake.

Professor Paul Speight, the Faculty of Dental Surgery’s research chair at the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “We are offering these research fellowships to look at how we can reduce inequalities in children’s oral health and identify the best treatments for craniofacial anomalies.

“We know, for example, that tooth decay is the most common reason why 5-9 year olds are admitted to hospital despite this being 90% preventable through better diet and oral health education.  Research projects such as the one Miss Emma Pacey is undertaking will help us to identify how we can improve children’s diets and reduce tooth decay.

“We are delighted to have awarded a dental care professional funding and hope that others will follow Miss Pacey’s example, by applying next year.”

The full list of successful candidates and the grants they have been awarded is copied below.

FDS Small Grants

Applicant Host Institution Research Grants
Mr Navin Vig QMUL Investigating the role of the amoebid cancer stem phenotype in oral cancer.
Mr John Perry Cardiff University Dental School Development of an evidence-based model for risk communication and consent in orthodontics.
Miss Rupal Shah UCL Dental Institute and Eastman Dental Hospital A qualitative study investigating outcomes of orthodontic treatment from the perspective of patients and parents.
Mr Vinod Patel Guys Dental Hospital Application of primary cell cultures and bone immunochemistry techniques to evaluate, quanitfy and classify jew bone's quality upon radiotherapy.


FDS-BASCD Small Grants

Applicant Host Institution Research Grants
Miss Emma Pacey University College London A qualitative study to investigate the acceptability of providing family-centred advice and support to reduce young children’s sugar intake.
Mrs Heather Raison Department of Health Services Cross-sectional survey to investigate automaticity of oral health behaviours, including tooth brushing, interdental cleaning and preventive dental attendance.


FDS Fellowship

Applicant Host Institution Research Grants
Miss Ambika Chadha Kings College London, South Thames Cleft Centre, St. Thomas’ Hospital 3D Assessment of Phenotype in Cleft Lip & Association with Underlying Genotype.


FDS-BOS Fellowship


Applicant Host Institution Research Grants
Miss Aliki Tsichlaki Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry Core outcome set development reflecting patient values for orthodontic treatment.


FDS-BPSD Fellowship


Applicant Host Institution Research Grants
**Miss Helen Rogers School of Clinical Dentistry, Sheffield Development of a paediatric caries-specific utility measure.

Notes to editors

  1. The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling dentists and specialists to provide patients with the highest possible standards of practice and care.
  2. The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) is a charity which promotes the study and practice of orthodontics.  It is committed to continuously improving professional standards and encourages research to ensure patients receive the highest standards of care.
  3. BSPD was founded in 1968 with the aim of improving the oral health of children in the UK.  It consists of 500 members who work in hospital, in community clinics and as consultants, specialists, dentists and dental care professionals. Some members also work in universities and as researchers.
  4. The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) was established in 1973.  It is the UK’s professional association for dental public health and community dentistry.  Members have a range of backgrounds, including Public Health England and academia. They have a common interest in the science and practice of community and population health, particularly prevention.
  5. **One of the successful applicants, Miss Helen Rogers, was awarded a Fellowship by the FDS and BPSD. However, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) then offered her a three year Fellowship and she has accepted this instead.
  6. To contact the FDS press office, call: 020 7869 6047/6052; Out-of hours: 07966 486 832; or email:

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