Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health - DHF Bursary

The Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health 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.

Annual Special Care Dental Care Professional (DCP) Award

 The society will award €350 to the best essay, case-report or completed project on any aspect of Special Care Dentistry by a dental nurse, hygienist, oral health promoter or other non-dental healthcare professional. This award is funded by the Dental Health Foundation.


  • This prize is confined to dental care professionals and non-dental healthcare professionals resident on the island of Ireland.
  • A team, working together on a project, may enter.
  • The following maximum word-count applies- Essay/ case report/ completed project – 2000 words (excluding references and abstract).
  • It is a requirement that the work would not have been presented elsewhere nor been awarded a prize previously.


Student/ Newly Qualified Professional Award

The society will award €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 award is funded by the Dental Health Foundation.



  • This prize is confined to undergraduate students or newly qualified dental professionals (first year post- qualification) on the island of Ireland.
  • The following maximum word-count applies- Essay/ case report/ completed project – 2000 words (excluding references and abstract).
  • It is a requirement that the submitted piece would not have been presented elsewhere nor been awarded a prize previously.


Biennial Dental Health Foundation Travel Bursary

This travel bursary will assist with the cost of attending the Biennial Congress of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health in DUBAI, UAE in late August 2018 in order to make a scientific oral or poster presentation.

 The value of the prize is €700 and one prize is available.This award is funded by the Dental Health Foundation.


  •  Applicants for the prize must be a current member of the Society. 
  • 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 in DUBAI.
  • IADH Congress rules regarding abstract format apply.


Submitting your entry

 Applicants must submit an electronic or e-mail copy and one hard copy of their entry with a detachable covering letter to the Bursary co-ordinator of the Society by 27TH April 2018 for forwarding to the panel of judges. The detachable covering letter must clearly indicate which competition is being entered. Contact details for all authors, including a full email address and phone number of the lead author, and the title of the entry must be included in the covering letter. Authors’ details should not appear in the abstract.

Receipt of your entry will be by e-mail to the submitting author.

Examples of the type of entry that are likely to be successful are: original review articles, oral health promotion projects, innovations in the way services are delivered, novel ways to provide dental care for people with disabilities, interdisciplinary working with parent/carer support groups 

The panel of judges will consist of the ISDH President, immediate Past President, President-elect and an invited academic. The decision of the panel of judges is final and will be communicated by 21st May 2018. The Biennial Travel Bursary will be presented on receipt of proof of acceptance of the abstract by the IADH Congress.

Prizewinners will be invited to give a short oral or poster presentation about their successful entry at the ISDH Summer Conference.


Entries will not be returned.


Please note the Society does not undertake to pay the expenses of the



ISDH Bursary Contact:


Dr Maura Cuffe


Rahan Road



Mobile 087 2357892


General Guidance for Authors

Title of the project

Should catch the readers’ attention and be accurate.


Summary of the report should be able to stand alone and be no more than 150 words.


Should include

a) Clear description of aims and objectives

b) Explanation of the background to the project

c) The relevance of the project to Special Care Dentistry

The literature review

1. The literature review is relevant to the study/ project /report and should be


2. References should be key ones that relate to the study.

Study design

1. Choice of study design is adequately justified and should be appropriate to

the overall subject.

2. Method of data collection should be identified and any forms/ questionnaires that have been used for data collection should be included. If these aren’t available electronically you must supply 5 copies.

3. Enough information should be given to convey that the research method,

intervention or care is sound from an evidence-based viewpoint.

Presentation of results

1. Any statistical information should be valid and robust.

2. Results should be presented clearly and concisely.

3. Graphics should be simple and inform rather than confuse the reader. They

should relate to the text and overall subject.

Discussion and conclusions

1. There should be clear conclusions which should relate to the aims.

2. The limitations of the project in terms of validity and reliability should be

clearly identified.

3. Costs and benefits should be considered.

4. Implications and/or follow-up work should be identified.


Presentation format

1) The project report should be typed, double spaced, and printed on one side of A4 paper, leaving a margin of 4 cm on the left hand side. One paper copy is

required. Pages should be numbered consecutively, and securely fastened at

the top left hand corner.

2) Page 1 should give:

a) The title of the report, without the author’s name.

b) An abstract up to a maximum of 150 words.

c) A statement highlighting the clinical relevance of the case report/ project/ essay.

Other general points

1) Annotation of teeth should be clearly marked in the Palmer style (e.g. Lower left three, /3)

2) Use the generic name for any drugs mentioned with (if pertinent) the

proprietary name in brackets immediately after.

3) There is no limit on the number of graphs, tables, photographs or radiographs that may be included. However, authors should note that: -

a) Photographs and radiographs should be of a high quality, with serial

photographs being of the same magnification and same exposure. When

taking intra oral photographs it is advisable to leave your operating light

on, for maximum illumination.

b) There is appropriate consent for publication of any patient photograph

and that no patient’s names should appear in the text.

c) The text, photographs, graphics and conclusions should be original and


4) Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text, before the reference section.

5) References should be in the Vancouver style and checked

carefully by the author. They must be cited in the text in numerical order

of appearance, and appear in numerical order at the end of the report.

6) Relevant paper documents included in the entry (e.g survey forms, questionnaires) should be included in the electronic version i.e. the paper and e-mail entries should be the same. However if it isn’t possible to scan or otherwise make such items available electronically 5 paper copies of the relevant documents must be submitted.