Saint Apollonia Annual Award

9 Feb 2004

The Dental Health Foundation, in collaboration with the International Association for Dental Research Irish Division, is pleased to announce the winners of the Saint Apollonia Annual Awards. The award commemorates Saint Apollonia, known as the patron saint of dentistry. This is because her torture involved, amongst other things, the extraction of all her teeth, and before dying she is reputed to have offered all the pain and suffering she was enduring to people who suffer from dental problems.

The award is presented annually to support research in the advance of dental health care prevention and treatment. Health services research is the primary focus of the award and this may include epidemiology, audit, health promotion or research into other health service issues.

The full story about Saint Apollonia (one page) is available under our Saint Apollonia section

This years winners are Dr Darius Sagheri, Dublin Dental School and Hospital, his project is entitled ‘Water or salt fluoridation. The effectiveness according to social class’. The abstract of this paper can be viewed here. He is pictured below being presented with his award by Breeda Maher, Dental Health Foundation

The other award goes to Dr Maria Tobin and colleagues, University College Cork. Project entitled ‘Microbial Contamination of Dental Unit Water Systems in Cork’. The abstract of this paper can be viewed here

A representative from the group is pictured below being presented with their award by Breeda Maher, Dental Health Foundation