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Success for SJWRI researchers in 2016 NZ Dental Association and Ministry of Health Oral Health Research grant rounds

Friday 19 August 2016 10:20am

SJWRI research staff and students have been highly successful in the 2016 NZ Dental Association Research Foundation and Ministry of Health Oral Health Research funding rounds, the results of which were released yesterday. Our researchers are primary investigators on eleven research proposals awarded $107,600 in funding from the NZDA Research Foundation, and another five projects totalling $119,544 from the Ministry's targeted Oral Health Research fund. In total, $235,144 was awarded to SJWRI researchers. Many of these awards will support the research of postgraduate students and the training of specialist dentists.

NZ Dental Association Research Foundation
Established in 1964, the NZ Dental Association Research Foundation awards grants for research projects related to dentistry. Its overall purpose is to "promote, foster and extend the study and practice of the art and science of dentistry in New Zealand". Since its inception, the Foundation has provided financial support for decades of dental and oral health research projects within the Dental School and the SJWRI, to help extend the boundaries of dental knowledge and to promote the fostering and extension of the study and practice of the art and science of dentistry in New Zealand. The Research Foundation is funded by donations from dental practitioners, the dental supply industry and other businesses, as well as profits from the annual NZDA Conference and other fundraising activities. The SJWRI and the Faculty are hugely grateful for the role and contribution of the NZDA Research Foundation in supporting our research over the past five decades, in the process helping many of our Masters, PhD and specialising dental postgraduate students complete their studies.

Our successful applicants in the 2016 round are:

Principal applicant Other applicants
(SJWRI unless noted)
Project title Awarded
Nawal Radhiah Abdul Rahman Dr Benedict Seo, Dr Haizal Hussaini, Prof Alison Rich Expression of the lysyl oxidase family in benign odontogenic tumours $9,442
Dr Jonathan Broadbent Prof Murray Thomson A life course study on chronic dental conditions and ageing of the teeth and dentition: equipment grant $13,500
Sy Yin (Adeline) Chai A/Prof Vincent Bennan, John Aarts, Prof Karl Lyons, Dr Bronwyn Lowe, Andrew Gray The effect of preparation design on stress distribution and fracture strength of porcelain laminate veneers $6,500
Prof Mauro Farella Dr Joseph Antoun, A/Prof Nicholas Chandler, Prof Tony Merriman (Biochemistry), Will Sew Hoy Genetic and psychological factors associated with orthodontic pain in children and adolescents $8,441
Prof Mauro Farella Divya Ramanan, Dr Ajith Polonowita, Dr John Hamilton, Prof Sandro Palla (U Zurich) Jaw muscle overload as a possible cause of orofacial pain and headache $12,350
Nurul Ruziantee Ibrahim Dr Haizal Hussaini, Dr Benedict Seo, Prof Alison Rich Lymphangiogenesis in metastatic lymph nodes of oral squamous cell carcinoma $10,800
Ludwig Jansen van Vuuren Prof Warwick Duncan, A/Prof Neil Waddell Development of a simulant model for clinically relevant testing of implant-and natural tooth-supported all-ceramic restorations $8,000*
Visiting Professor Jae-Kwang Jung Dr Haizal Hussaini, Dr Benedict Seo, Prof Alison Rich Investigation of the role of lymphangiogenesis in oral lichen planus $12,144
Dr Venkata Praveen Parachuru Prof Warwick Duncan, Dr Ellie Knight IL33 and IL35 expression in healthy and diseased gingival tissues $14,988
Elizabeth Williams Dr Benedict Seo, Dr Haizal Hussaini, Dr Dawn Coates, Prof Alison Rich Investigation of the presence of human papillomavirus in verrucal-papillary lesions of the oral cavity and comparison of viral detection methods $8,962
Muhammed Yakin Dr Benedict Seo, Prof Alison Rich The expression of STAT3 signalling pathway proteins in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma tissue $2,503

Names italicised above are SJWRI postgraduate students (either PhD or DClinDent).
*Grant-in aid of $3,000 from the NZDARF and $5,000 from the International College of Dentists

Ministry of Health Oral Health Research Grants
In 2007, the NZ Ministry of Health established a funding programme for oral health research, managed by the NZDA and its Research Foundation, to fund research targeted towards the oral health priorities of the Ministry. Priority is given to oral health research that targets children and adolescents; people of all ages with physical, intellectual, behavioural, or cognitive disabilities, or who are medically compromised; people experiencing inequalities of outcome (e.g. Maori, Pacific and low-income populations); maternal oral health; older adults; and research focusing on promoting oral health, building links with primary care and building the oral health workforce. 

Our successful applicants in the 2016 round are:

Principal applicant Other applicants Project title Awarded
A/Prof Lyndie Foster Page Dr Joseph Antoun, Dr Hannah Jack Reading between the lines: how do young New Zealanders from low socio- economic backgrounds feel about not getting their teeth straightened? $29,168
Dr Lara Friedlander Shaikra Al Samahi, Prof Alison Rich, Dr Haizal Hussaini, Dr Trudy Milne Type 2 Diabetes and inflammatory markers in dental pulp $14,891
Prof Alison Rich Dema Waleed, Prof Murray Thomson Teeth for all for life: time to rethink? Comparing retaining natural teeth versus dentures among New Zealand's older population $1,620
Dr Lee Smith A/Prof Lyndie Foster Page, Dr Rosalina Richards (Preventive & Social Medicine) Pasifika adolescents' understandings and experiences of oral health care $36,076
Prof Murray Thomson Dr Moira Smith (UO Wellington), Prof Ngaire Kerse (U Auckland), Dr Anna Ferguson Cognitive function, dependency and oral health among frail older New Zealanders: a national survey $37,789

Names italicised above are SJWRI postgraduate students (either PhD or DClinDent).

Congratulations to all those funded in this year's rounds.