A dental student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating after being awarded a specialist undergraduate prize.
Danny Watts, who is in his third year, won the British Society of Periodontology’s (BSP) Frank Ashley 2015 prize for his essay entitled ‘Is periodontal disease a risk factor for medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw?’
The 23-year-old’s essay looked at whether gum disease increases the risk of patients (who are on certain medications) developing medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, which is an area of exposed non-healing bone that can occur after some dental procedures. Prevention is key for these patients since it can be very difficult to manage, so identifying all the relevant risk factors is important.
Danny, from Upminster in London, said: “I am proud of my achievement, and I am grateful to the staff at UCLan that encouraged the students to expand our knowledge by entering competition such as this. I am also thankful to Prof Richard Ibbetson who oversaw my research and recommended my application to the board.”
Professor Nicola West, BSP Secretary, commended Danny for his award. She said: “The Frank Ashley Prize is offered by the British Society of Periodontology to encourage dental undergraduates at UK Dental Schools to undertake a project that has a clear educational benefit in periodontology.
“Danny‘s entry was of high calibre and we are delighted to award him the prize. He will also be awarded student membership of the British Society of Periodontology for the remainder of his undergraduate career.”
He will be presented with a certificate at the Society’s Annual General Meeting later in the year.