GSK-Mineralised Tissue Group (BSODR-GSK-MINTIG) Research Award – Oral Presentation

GlaxoSmithKline graciously offer a prize, worth up to £1,500 for the best oral presentation showcasing the highest standard of mineralised tissue research.   This research award is intended to fund activities that will be of benefit in enhancing an individual’s career development – beyond that offered by current research funding available to the researcher.  This may include travel to a conference or centre of excellence in mineralised tissue research, to encourage and stimulate research; obtaining new pilot data to support a new collaboration or a fellowship application; attending an on-line course or workshop.  It is not intended to be used to supplement consumables for current research activities. Many of the prize-winners to date, have used their prize to visit a centre of excellence overseas to gain research experience, increase their visibility and make new contacts.    

Eligible research must fall into the interests of the MINTIG research group of the BSODR.  This include the study and understanding of the development, structure and functions of both dental and maxillofacial mineralised tissues in health and disease, dental caries, dental erosion, pulp biology, the hard- and soft-tissue interface and any other areas which have relevance to the study of mineralised tissues. Research may be multi-disciplinary in nature and the scope of the research activities encompass both basic and clinical scientific approaches.  

Eligibility:  Prize entrants should be a postgraduate student or early career researcher within five years of obtaining a PhD. Papers may be co-authored, although the applicant should be responsible for at least 75% of the work presented.  The research will primarily have been carried out in a UK. In order to be considered for the competition, the entrant’s research may not have been published prior to submission (papers under consideration are acceptable).

Submission process: Please submit a 300 word abstract for the meeting to the prize co-ordinator, Professor Maisoon Al-Jawad;  Detail for the structured format required for abstract submission are found following this abstract format link. 

Submission are only accepted from the researcher wishing to be considered for the prize.  Submissions made by co-authors or supervisors on the applicant’s behalf will not be considered.  The email address through which the submission is made with be used as the address for all future correspondence.  You should receive confirmation of receipt of your submission within 10 working days by a return email from the prize co-ordinator.

The prize will be judged on an oral presentation given during the BSODR virtual meeting. The winner will be required to prepare a short report for the BSODR, which summarises how the prize money was used and the benefits gained.

Abstract format

Abstracts should be submitted as a word document to the prize co-ordinator.  Abstracts should follow the following structured format.  Ensure all special characters used within the abstract are viewed correctly for the submitted copy of your abstract.

  • Titles: Abstract titles are limited to 10 words or less. The title should be dynamic and conclusive, rather than descriptive, and should be entered in title case format. Capitalise the first letter of each word unless it is a preposition or article. Italicise scientific names of organisms such as streptococci or candida. Titles should not be bold.
  • Authors: The presenting author should be listed as the first author.  For each author list first (given) name, and last (family/surname) name.  On a separate line provide details of author institution/affiliation. Please do not list the department/branch in the institution/affiliation field. If more than one institution is to be listed assign affiliation using superscript numbers eg1, 2
  • Text: The body of the abstract should be 300 words or less. All abstracts should be structured into the following four sections of Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion. Each section should start on a new line with the relevant subheading in bold followed by a colon. For example:

Objectives: This study aimed to determine . . . .

Methods: Clinical and questionnaire cohort study . . .

Results: Participants mean age was . . . .

Conclusion: The results indicated that. .

  • Abstracts should not include graphics /images.  Small tables are permitted but should be simple and concise. Inclusion of references is not recommended as they need to be fully cited and are included in the word count.
  • If the abstract is based on research that was funded by an outside source, then be sure to enter the appropriate information (funding agency and grant number if applicable) at the end of the abstract. This information is not included in the word count.