Encouraging opportunities in periodontal research : Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

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President’s Message

Encouraging opportunities in periodontal research

Kolte, Abhay

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Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology: Nov–Dec 2022 - Volume 26 - Issue 6 - p 521-522
doi: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_428_22
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“The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research.”

Paul Dirac.

Research is of primary consequence in order to improve our ability to attain overall health care standards which is essential to preserve and conserve public oral health. Our country and the profession are poised with a large patient population base affected with oral and periodontal diseases which is principally financially impoverished. With an overwhelming professional workforce currently available, it should offer an ideal environment for the conduction of research. However, the situation appears to be otherwise with minimal quality research work emanating in the recent past with the bulk being the substantiative type of work. Research under such circumstances should promote implementing strategies by helping the population in need while at the same time evaluating methods of intervention that could benefit them.

We boast of housing over a third of the total dental teaching institutes in the world, but our contribution to dental research is extremely less. One of the major limiting factors for such an abysmal record could be failure of the successive Governments and autonomous controlling agencies in harbouring conducive environment, encouragement and opportunities for the professionals. One of the important obstacles for conducting research points towards the meagre avenues for grants available in Dental research with almost all of the governmental agencies prioritising research areas towards communicable and life-threatening diseases. After much uproar, there has been a scant allotment towards a very few projects which is reflected in the statistics of funding.

We at the Indian Society of Periodontology Head Office have taken a significant decision to encourage research work conducted by the post graduate students and the PhD scholars in the speciality throughout the country from the coming year. These grants will be open for all the members of the society. The guidelines for the same have been finalised and will be displayed on the ISP website from January to March after which the selection process will be completed in a few months’ time frame so that adequate time is available with the research scholar to complete the project. The scheme is designed to encourage, nurture and support new ideas, innovations and novel projects in the specialty at the time of submission. The scheme envisages supporting not more than 4 (Four) Research Projects for MDS Students in a year with a grant in aid of up to 75,000/-each and 2 (Two) Research Projects for PhD Scholars in a year with a grant in aid of up to Rs 1,00,000/-each.

Though the initiative would appear to be paltry for some, we have definitely made a beginning in the right direction. If successful in attaining the desired objectives, we may even think of increasing the number of grants as well as the grant in aid amount for the same. In this competitive world we cannot choose to ignore science and refuse to fund important scientific research because if we decide to do so we voluntarily cede our place as progressive professionals and it is just a matter of time that we would get stagnant in our abilities and skills.

Last but not the least, I thank all the members for electing me to this prestigious position. We will work towards initiating and implementing quite a few new initiatives through our society for the benefit of all the members and the society.

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