GSK Awards

GSK Awards

The Glaxo Smith Kline  / ODRT Grants Programme provides small grants to support research programmes into the fundamental mechanisms, prevention and management of plaque-related oral disease or tooth wear.

A limited number of grants are available up to a maximum of £6,500 per award.

Applications should comprise:

  • no more than 2 sides of A4 giving the background to and detail of the proposed research programme, and
  • 1 side of A4 detailing and justifying the financial expenditure
  • Full details of the applicant to be included

Click here for application form

Applications should be submitted electronically to Ms Marie Jones at who will acknowledge receipt of your application. If no acknowledgement is received please contact Ms Jones. Safe receipt of applications is the responsibility of the applicant. If you are unable to provide evidence of receipt ODRT will not accept that a submission has been made. Closing date – 31st July 2020.

This programme is designed to assist with career development for early career research workers, applicants should therefore be pre-doctoral or within 5 years of receiving their Doctorate. A statement to that effect should be incorporated in the application.

The Oral and Dental Research Trust is now an NIHR non-commercial Partner and as such studies funded by this scheme are eligible for consideration for inclusion onto the NIHR portfolio.


Previous Award Winners


Dr A Kroeger – University of Birmingham

Dr R Bolt – Sheffield University

Dr V C N Neves – KCL

Dr D S Raindi – University of Birmingham

Ms V Wilson – Dental Hygienist/Therapist Practice-Based


Ryan Kean – Glasgow Caledonian University

Christopher Dowson – Newcastle University

Alexandra Perks – Birmingham Dental Hospital

Eric Thorand – Edinburgh


Priya Bahal – KCL

Craig Cutler – Plymouth University

Xutao Deng – UCLAN

Isuru Muthukidaarachi – Sheffield

Ajit Tanday – Birmingham


Dr Martha Paisi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University

Ms. Ana Poveda, Lecturer in Oral Medicine, University of Birmingham

Ms. Cher Farrugia, PhD student, University of Sheffield

Mr. Joshua Twigg, PhD Student/Honorary Senior House Officer, Cardiff University

Ms Nadia Rostami, School of Dental Sciences, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Mr Robert Reilly Clinical Research Fellow (Immunology), Glasgow Dental School


Characterisation of candidalysin as a novel antimicrobial peptide: M Blagojevic, Kings College London (£5,750)

Role of Fusobacterium nucleatum FadA and FAD-I in activating epithelium cells: Simona Iancu, Kings College London (£4,030)

Manufacture and testing of an oral biosensor capable of diagnosing and monitoring peri-implantitis in the oral environment: Gerry McKenna, Queens University Belfast (£4,030)

Silver nanoparticle treatment Fusobacterium nucleatum in an in-vitro model of peri-implantitis: Jamie Toole, Queens University Belfast (£6,300)

To determine the extent to which sugar consumption behaviour in preschool children is affected by ego-depletion in the caregiver and / or the child: Sian Walley, University of Liverpool (£4,290)


Modulation of ostreoclast differentiation and activity by induction of endotoxin intolerance.  Louise Belfield, Plymouth University (£5,900)

Developing an intervention using automated cognitive processes activates by cues (situational features) or rewards to reduce inequalities in dental preventive visiting.  Margaret Mullin, University of Liverpool (£6,203)

Transmissibility of a dysbiotic oral commensal microbiome and associated alveolar bone loss.  Mark Payne, Barts and the London (£6,322)

Effect of intensive periodontal therapy on systemic inflammatory markers in patients with chronic kidney disease: A randomised controlled trial. Praveen Sharma, University of Birmingham (£5,000)

Neurophil Extracellular Traps in Periodontitis.  Philippa White University of Birmingham (£4,170)


Does the inflammatory lipid and proteome provide a unifying mechanism for increased co-morbitity between periodontal and chronic kidney diseases?  Dr Irundika Dias, Aston University (£6,315).

Proteomics of endotracheal tubes and saliva from mechanically ventilated patients: association with ventilator associated pneumonia. Kirsty Sands, Cardiff University (£6,500).

Subgingival plaque lipid – A profile as a bacterially derived biomarker for chronic periodontitis.  Mr Svetislav Zaric, Peninsula Dental School, Plymouth University (£5,952).

Development of a novel antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory oral healthcare product to prevent or treat periodontal disease. Lindsay O’Donnell, University of Glasgow Dental School (£6,450).

Evaluating outcomes of denture stomatitis patients: impact of denture cleaners and biological properties of Candida spp. Leighann Sherry, University of Glasgow (£3,283)


The influence of implant-derived Ti ions and particles on peri-implant epithelial cell responses.  Joanna Batt, University of Birmingham (£6300).

Investigation of the molecular mechanisms of human cell interactions of the keystone periodontal pathogen P.gingivalis.  Kathryn Naylor, University of Sheffield (£6,150)

The role of dental plaque in development of endo-trachial tube biofilms and ventilator-associated pneumonia.  Paola J Marino, Cardiff University (£6,300).

Identification of global gene expression changes in response to novel pro-inflammatory signals in gingival fibroblasts.  Rachel Williams, Newcastle University (£6,458).

Life course determinants of dental caries in 3 year old children: a pilot study.  Peter Day, Leeds University (£3,176)


Characterisation of T cell differentiation in response to the periodontal pathogen Porthyromonas gingivalis.  John Butcher, University of Glasgow (£6,425)

Viral bio-prospecting in the oral cavity: the search for bacteriophage specific for periodontal pathogens.  Michael Spencer, University of Sheffield (£3,609)

The effects of individualised risk communication on adherence with periodontal treatment.  Dr K Askimakopoulou, Kings College London (£6,500)

Phosphorproteomics of the oral epithelial cells following infection with the oral pathogens Porphyromonas gingivalis and Tannerella forsythia. Dr Prachi Stafford, University of Sheffield (£6,431)

What is the role of IL-33 in periodontal disease? Raja Azman Raja Awang, University of Glasgow (£6,500)


Investigating the cost effectiveness of providing hygiene phase therapy to patients with desquamative gingivitis.  Simon Stone, University of Newcastle (£2,373)

An investigation into the potential for fluoride varnishes and a dental bonding agent to provide protection to enamel from multi-factorial tooth wear in vitro.  Rupert Austin, Kings College London (£1,350)

Adipokins as novel salivary biomarkers in periodontal disease and diabetes.  Dr KM Jaedicke, University of Newcastle (£6,498)

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