Dental student wins prestigious national award

Mustafa Mian AwardMustafa Mian, who is currently enrolled in the concurrent Honours and Bachelor of Dental Surgery programs in the School of Dentistry, has recently won the prestigious 2015 ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Competition held at the 36th Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane.

Mustafa’s presentation, based on his honours research project, was titled ‘Craniofacial deformities in premature suture fusion’.

The participants included one undergraduate dental student from each dental school in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The format was a table-top demonstration aimed at encouraging direct interaction with the audience. The Student Clinician Competition was initiated as a joint venture between Dentsply and the American Dental Association in 1959, and it now includes 17 competitions worldwide involving 35 countries. The program has produced many leading dental academics internationally and continues to provide the opportunity for networking among colleagues with similar research experiences. Fourteen Student Clinician Research Competitions have been organised in Australia since 1982, and Mustafa is the second Adelaide student to win this competition, following John Cropley who secured first place at the 1985 Brisbane Congress.

The first prize provides Mustafa with an all-expenses paid trip to represent the Australasian region in a research competition at the forthcoming American Dental Association Congress in Washington DC in November 2015.

Mustafa has been awarded other research grants and scholarships from the Australian Dental Association Inc during his honours candidature under the supervision of Prof Peter Anderson, Prof Grant Townsend, Dr Sarbin Ranjitkar and A/Prof Toby Hughes. He is the 2015 Vice President of the Adelaide University Dental Students Society (AUDSS) and Dentistry Representative for the Adelaide University Surgical Society.

Contact details:

Prof Peter Anderson
Director of Research, Australian Craniofacial Unit
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
North Adelaide SA 5006
Telephone: +61 8 8161 7235

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