The 2015 EFP Clinical Research Prize in Periodontology (also known as the Jaccard Prize) was presented to Italian researcher Filippo Graziani during a ceremony at EuroPerio8 in London.
The prize, presented by EFP president Sören Jepsen, was awarded for the paper ‘Acute phase response following full mouth versus quadrant non-surgical periodontal treatment: a randomised clinical trial’ written by Graziani together with Silvia Cei, Marco Orlandi, Stefano Gennai, Mario Gabriele, Natalia Filice, Marco Nisi, and Francesco D’Aiuto.
Graziani, Cei, Gennai, Filice, and Nisi work at the Department of Surgical, Medical, Molecular and Critical Area Pathology at the University of Pisa, while Orlandi and D’Aiuto work at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London.
This paper assessed the differences in host response following conventional versus full-mouth non-surgical periodontal therapy. It was found that a single session of full-mouth debridement produced a one-week moderate acute-phase response compared to conventional (quadrant scaling) treatment.
The practical implications of the paper are that clinicians might choose conventional treatment for patients with complicated medical histories and/or uncontrolled comorbidities.
Four manuscripts were submitted, of which three were selected for the Jaccard Prize session at EuroPerio8. All three presentations on June 4 were of an excellent standard.
Raluca Cosgarea was the main author of the paper 'A randomized controlled clinical study of non-surgical periodontal treatment in conjunction with 3 versus 7 days systemic administration of Amoxicillin and Metronidazole in severe chronic periodontitis patients' together with Raluca Juncar, Christian Heumann, Roxana Tristiu, Lascu Liana, Nicole Arweiler, Andreas Stavropoulos, and Anton Sculean.
Christiane Pink authored the paper 'Longitudinal effects of fibrinogen levels and white blood cell counts on periodontitis' written together with Birte Holtfreter, Peter Meisel, Anne Grotevendt, Lukasz Jablonowski, Matthias Nauck, Marcello Markus, and Thomas Kocher.
The award-winning paper was chosen by a jury chaired by Maurizio Tonetti, editor in chief of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP). The other jury members were JCP associate editors Mariano Sanz and Sören Jepsen, with Iain Chapple representing the EFP executive committee, and Francis Hughes representing the EuroPerio8 organising committee.
The EFP Clinical Research Prize was established by the EFP in 1995 to promote periodontal research in Europe and is awarded every three years at the EuroPerio conference. It is open to all members of the 29 national periodontal societies that make up the federation.