Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health - DHF Bursary

The Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health (ISDH) was established in 2002. It serves to promote, preserve and protect the oral health of people with disabilities. The following special care dentistry awards are presented by the Dental Health Foundation at the annual ISDH Conference.

We are delighted to continue to fund the following Bursaries in 2022:

Student/ Newly Qualified Professional Award

The society will award a bursary of €300 to the best essay, case-report or completed project on any aspect of Special Care Dentistry by an undergraduate student or a newly qualified dental professional in the island of Ireland. This prize is confined to undergraduate students or newly qualified dental professionals (first year post- qualification) on the island of Ireland.

The Deadline for 2022 is April 1st. See 

Biennial Dental Health Foundation Travel Bursary 2022 

This travel bursary (€700) assists with the cost of attending the Biennial Congress of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health to make a scientific oral or poster presentation. Applicants for the prize must be a current member of the Society.  Only one travel prize is available. Entrants must have submitted their proposed abstract to IADH Congress before applying for the bursary. Bursary applicants will be judged and the prize ONLY awarded on presentation of proof to ISDH of acceptance of their abstract for the IADH Congress. IADH Congress rules regarding abstract format apply. Details on submitting your entry. General guidance for authors.

2022 Winners

Congratulations to Katrina Byrne for winning the Biennial Dental Health Foundation Travel Bursary Award (€700).

Katrina Byrne Travel bursary photo DHF.JPG(L-R) Ms Sandra Byrne, Project Officer, Dental Health Foundation presenting the Dental Health Foundation Biennial Travel Bursary (Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health (ISDH)) to Ms Katrina Byrne, and Dr Ahhmed Kahatab, President ISDH

The title of Katrina’s project is: The Oral Health Status of Older People with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland. Initial Findings.

The study confirms the poor oral health status of people with intellectual disabilities. The unique focus on function demonstrates highly prevalent inadequate dentition for aesthetic and occlusal function.

You can read the abstract HERE

Congratulations to Sadhbh O’Rourke for winning the Student/ Newly Qualified Professional Award (€300).

The title of Sadhbh's project is ‘Does education in Special Care Dentistry increase people’s confidence to manage the care of a more diverse population?’

It was found that those who received high quality practical and theoretical education on how to manage patients with SHCN reported having higher levels of confidence than those who don’t.

You can read the abstract HERE

Student/ Newly Qualified Professional Award 2021 - Eszter Lujber 5th year dental science student, Dublin Dental University Hospital for her winning project 'What is the best way to deliver oral hygiene to residents of nursing and residential care homes in Ireland?'

2019 Winners:

Ms Ioanna Politi, ‘Atraumatic Restorative Technique: An evidence based approach for the management of caries in older adult patients’.  Abstract here. Ms Sviatlana Anischuck, “Oral Health Beliefs in people living with Von Willebrand’s disease in Ireland.”  Abstract here.