T he search for this year’s most inspiring teachers in the UK’s dental schools and foundation schemes has be- gun, as the DDU opens nomina- tions for its eighth annual Educa- tional Awards. For the first time, fellow teach- ers, as well as students and recent graduates, can nominate a teacher who has made the most posi- tive educational impact on them, their school, or their foundation scheme. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 31 August 2010. Rupert Hoppenbrouwers, Head of the DDU said: “We started these awards for teachers of un- dergraduate dentists in 2003 and their popularity has enabled us to expand the event to include teachers of dental care profession- als and vocational trainers. Until now, student dentists and DCPs have enthusiastically nominated the teachers who have made a positive impression on them dur- ing their dental education. This year we are also inviting teachers themselves to get involved and nominate a colleague they believe has made a real difference to their faculty or deanery, their students and colleagues. We hope they will take up the challenge!” Dr Gary Marvin, Marketing Director at DENTSPLY, the main sponsor of the awards added: “DENTSPLY is delighted to con- tinue our support for these awards and is committed to continuing its strong heritage of investing in dental education. These awards reward and recognise the huge investment made by those dental professionals and academics who work in dental education and cel- ebrate the fantastic talent that we have here in the UK.” There are two award catego- ries: Dentist Teacher of the Year (dental schools and foundation schemes) and Dental Care Pro- fessional (DCP) Teacher of the Year. The three finalists chosen from the nominations in each category will compete for the title at an awards ceremony in central London on Wednesday 17 November. Each finalist will be awarded £250 each and the overall winners in each category will receive £1,000 towards the cost of educational materials for their schools or VT schemes. Nominations will be considered across a number of criteria, in- cluding enthusiasm for their subject, student mentoring and the ability to motivate others. Nomination forms can be downloaded or completed on- line at the DDU website (www. the-ddu.com/dduawards), or ob- tained from a DDU dental liaison manager. DT Inspiring teachers need apply I n 2009, members of the King’s College London Den- tal Circle generously sup- ported the re-establishment of a prestigious lecture series, last reported in the British Dental Journal as being held at Guy’s Hospital in 1959, which focused on the ever-important topic of pain control. This year’s Badcock Den- tal Circle Lecture, entitled ‘Modulation of TRPV1 Activ- ity in Pain: Potential Targets for New Analgesics’, will be given by Professor Ken Hargreaves from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Professor Hargreaves is a world-leading researcher in pain and Endo- dontics. He will be discussing his findings on endogenous TRPV1 (transient receptor po- tential vanilloid 1) agonists at the lecture. The Badcock Lecture was endowed to King’s College Lon- don in the 1950’s by J H Bad- cock, who was a consultant sur- geon at Guy’s Hospital Dental School between 1891 and 1904. His aim was to improve the holistic management of dental patients to reduce their pain and anxiety. This year’s lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Cam- pus, on Tuesday 1 June 2010 at 18:00 and will be followed by a reception. DT Prestigious Lecture msc_ad_source_uk.pdf 1 03/08/2009 15:21:59 7NewsMay 24-30, 2010United Kingdom Edition

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