Glasgow students’ aim is to inspire their peers
A group of Glasgow students has hosted the first INSPIRE event in Scotland aimed at encouraging undergraduates to consider a career in dental research.
The event, at the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, involved six speakers from the University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School as well as Peter Ommer, clinical director for the public dental service in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, who talked to students about their careers.
INSPIRE is a UK-wide initiative co-ordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences that has been running since 2013. Four Glasgow students – Gabriele Baniulyte, Gillian White, Amy Hall (BDS5) and Kuber Nadig (BDS4) – attended a conference at Kings College London last year and were inspired to spread the message about careers in academia to their peers in Scotland. Gabriele explained that before attending the event in London, she wasn’t too aware of the options available to her in terms of research but that she hoped this event would help other students.
And Gillian said: “We hope the younger generation of dentists coming through will have a better appreciation of dental research and the importance of having general practitioners who are involved with research and interpreting it to make better, evidence-based clinical decisions, to improve patient care.”