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06 July 2020

2020 Undergraduate Research Malleson Prize

Congratulations to Jia Shang Lau, Qasim Mohammedbhai and Melanie Bernard, entrants to the Undergraduate Malleson Prize.


Congratulations to Jia Shang Lau, Qasim Mohammedbhai and Melanie Bernard who are this year's entrants for the Malleson Prize. The Malleson Prize  is awarded for a report on research activities that dental students have been actively involved with during their clinical years of their programme. 

This year we are delighted to announce that Jia Shang was awarded first place. Jia Shang is to be commended for sustained research activities during BDS 2, 3 4 and 5.

Said Dr Rupert Austin, coordinator of the Malleson Prize: 

"A huge thanks must go to his supervisors Prof Liu, Dr. Doro, Prof Cox, Dr. Quinn, Dr. O'Toole, Prof. Bartlett and Dr. Nassiripour for their support and encouragement. It was especially satisfying to see a publication arise from his BRC INSPIRE summer studentship work with Dr. O'Toole and Prof Bartlett and that Jia Shang presented at a National INSPIRE intercalaters conference. Congratulations Jia Shang!"

Runner up Qasim Mohammedbhai's submission reports on his time conducting a wet laboratory research investigating the response of human dentine to novel de-sensitizing agents which have been commercialized by Dr. Ian Thompson. Qasim's report displays a wide range of skills which he acquired during this time in the laboratory. 

Melanie Bernard's report was an especially timely and relevant piece of patient and public involvement work into the attitudes of patient's attending the GSTT emergency dental services towards the use of teledentistry, specifically regarding an App called 'The Tooth Fairy'. Melanie's research revealed a great appetite for this type of service, even before COVID-19.

"The Malleson Prize offers offer us all an opportunity to reflect on the wealth of expertise within of our faculty and provides an excellent showcase for the interesting and varied nature of FoDOCS research," concludes Dr Austin.