EFP issues call for entries for top research prize to be awarded at EuroPerio9
Clockwise from top left: Filippo Graziani, Frédéric Chamieh, Uroš Skalerič, and Mike Curtis
The EFP is inviting submissions for the EFP Research Prize in Periodontology (formerly the Jaccard Prize), which is awarded once every three years at the EuroPerio congress.
This prestigious award was created in 1995 to encourage research in Europe and it is open to all members of the 30 national periodontal societies that are affiliated to the EFP.
The 2018 prize, with a cash value of CHF 10,000 (€9,175), will be awarded at EuroPerio9, which takes place in Amsterdam between June 20 and June 23 next year.
To qualify for consideration, the research must not have been previously published or presented at any meeting. Manuscripts should be presented according to the author guidelines of the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP) and sent to Mónica Guinea, EFP European Co-ordinator (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 28.
Entries will be evaluated by a panel of five adjudicators, comprising JCP editor Maurizio Tonetti, two associate editors of the journal, one member selected by the EFP executive committee, and a member of the EuroPerio9 organising committee.
The panel will select three manuscripts for the final stage of the competition and these papers will be published in the JCP. The main researcher of each paper will present the work at an oral presentation at EuroPerio9.
The panel will apply five main criteria when evaluating the three finalists: (1) The significance of the research for periodontology; (2) its innovative character; (3) its scientific quality; (4) the quality of the paper; (5) the quality of the oral presentation.
The 2015 EFP Research Prize in Periodontology, awarded at EuroPerio8 in London, went to the paper “Acute phase response following full mouth versus quadrant non-surgical periodontal treatment. A randomized clinical trial”, written by Filippo Graziani, Silvia Cei, Marco Orlandi, Stefano Gennai, Mario Gabriele, Natalia Filice, Marco Nisi, and Francesco D´Aiuto.
EFP postgraduate research prize
As well as the triennial EFP Research Prize in Periodontology, the EFP awards three Postgraduate Research Prizes every year. This competition is open to students who are enrolled in EFP-accredited postgraduate programmes in periodontology.
The first prize in the 2017 Postgraduate Research Prizes, awarded at the EFP’s general assembly, which took place in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in April, went to the paper “Accelerated craniofacial bone regeneration through dense collagen gel scaffolds seeded with dental pulp stem cells,” published in Scientific Reports (an online, open-access journal from the publishers of Nature). Its lead author was Frédéric Chamieh of the Department of Periodontology, Service of Odontology, Rothschild Hospital, Paris Diderot University, Paris (France).
The second prize went to the paper “Periodontitis is an independent risk indicator for atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases among 60,174 participants in a large dental school in the Netherlands,” published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Its lead author was Nicky Beukers, of the Department of Periodontology, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands).
The third prize was shared by two papers: (1) “The impact of implant design, defect size and type of superstructure on the accessibility of surgical and non-surgical approaches for the treatment of periimplantitis”, published in The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, whose lead author was David Polack, of the Department of Periodontology, Hebrew University, Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem (Israel); and (2) “Association between periodontitis and arterial hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis”, published in American Heart Journal, whose lead author was Rodrigo Martin Cabezas, of the Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg (France).
At the Santiago general assembly, the EFP also awarded its Distinguished Scientist Award to Mike Curtis and its Distinguished Service Award to Uroš Skalerič.
Nominating Prof Mike Curtis for the EFP Distinguished Scientist Award, Philip Ower, then president of the British Society of Periodontology, wrote: “Mike Curtis is one of the most respected microbiologists in the world and has been closely associated with periodontology for most of his career, his principal area of interest being anaerobic bacterial metabolism. He has held influential posts in the UK with the Medical Research Council and the Blizard Institute. Above all he is a terrific communicator and a highly sought-after speaker internationally.”
The EFP Distinguished Scientist Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the understanding of the field of periodontology and the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases through published literature.
Nominees must have made significant contributions to the EFP in more than one area. The criteria for the award include the candidate’s contribution to the basic science and/or clinical science of periodontology, that contributions must have been made over a period of at least 25 years, and that the scientific contributions have been published and may have been presented at scientific conferences, symposia, continuing-education courses, or pre-doctoral/post-doctoral lectures.
“I am both delighted and honoured to receive this most prestigious award from the European Federation of Periodontology,” said Prof Curtis. “I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support I have received from very many colleagues and collaborators over the years who are equally deserving of recognition.”
Uroš Skalerič was nominated for the EFP Distinguished Service Award by Boris Gašperic, for the Slovenian Society of Periodontology, and Anton Sculean, for the Swiss Society of Periodontology.
In their statement proposing the nomination, they wrote that “Professor Uroš Skalerič dedicated his life to periodontology acting in numerous associations, boards and forums related to the field of periodontology.” Under Prof Skalerič’s leadership, the Slovenian Society of Periodontology became one of the first Eastern European countries to become a member of the EFP.
They noted that Prof Skalerič had served the EFP as member of the executive committee and president (2009-2010) and said of his educational activities that “he shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for periodontology with generations of under- and postgraduate students. Many of them continued the scientific or clinical career in the field of periodontology, trying to continue his holistic approach of treatment of patients with periodontal disease.”
Furthermore, his contribution to the literature includes 108 research papers covering basic as well as clinical aspects of periodontology.
Concluding their nomination, Prof Gašperic and Prof Sculean said that Prof Skalerič deserved the Distinguished Service Award “not only because of his achievements and contributions but also because of his dedication to periodontology as a science, art and way of living.”
"I can only say that I am highly grateful to the Slovenian and Swiss periodontal societies who recommended me for the Distinguished Service Award," said Prof Skalerič. "I devoted my professional life to periodontology and therefore I see this award not only as an honour for me but also for all periodontists in Slovenia."