Grant Funding

Grant Funding

Grants awarded

‘Transforming Research into Better Oral Health for Scotland’

SFC Grant HR10026/228017689. ‘Transforming Research into Better Oral Health for Scotland’, £132,000 from May 2012 for 3 years

Funds the salary costs of the Oral Health Collaborative Research Administrator


'HPV Oral Prevalence in Scotland (HOPSCOTCH) Feasibility Study’

CSO Grant CZH/4/917. HPV Oral Prevalence in Scotland (HOPSCOTCH) Feasibility Study’ £202,415 from June 2013 for 20 months

Explores the feasibility of using clinical dental facilities to recruit healthy volunteers into a prevalence study of oral human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.

Research Team

Dr David Conway (PI) – University of Glasgow
Prof Jeremy Bagg – University of Glasgow
Dr Christine Campbell – University of Edinburgh
Prof Jan Clarkson – University of Dundee
Heather Cubie – MRC Unit for Reproductive Health
Dr Kate Cuschieri – Scottish HPV Reference Laboratory
Dr Fergus Daly – Frontier Science Scotland
Dr Sharon Kean – Robertson Centre for Biostatistics
Dr Lisa McDaid – MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Dr Kevin Pollock – Health Protection Scotland
Jamie Rae – Throat Cancer Foundation
Prof Chris Robertson – University of Strathclyde
Dr Andrew Winter – Sandyford Sexual Health Services
Dr Linda Young – NHS Education Scotland


Grant Applications Submitted

'Measuring the complexity of oral care in older people in Scotland: secondary data analysis and data linkage of administrative and health records.'

Measuring the complexity of oral care in older people in Scotland: secondary data analysis and data linkage of administrative and health records.

Submitted to Chief Scientist’s Office January 2014

Proposes to project future oral health care needs of older people who are likely to be living in care homes by linking and analysing routinely collected data.

Research Team:

Dr Andrea Sherriff (PI) – University of Glasgow
Prof Marian Brady - Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr David Conway – University of Glasgow
Prof Ruth Freeman – University of Dundee
Heather Edwards – Care Inspectorate
Dr Debbie Kinnear – University of Dundee
Dr Linda Young – NES
Prof Angus Walls – University of Edinburgh


'Face Gene Project: identifying genetic determinants of facial features to predict facial appearance from human DNA.'

Face Gene Project: identifying genetic determinants of facial features to predict facial appearance from human DNA.

Submitted to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, April 2014

Aims to establish the genetic determinants of facial features in order to predict facial appearance from DNA samples.


Research Team:

Prof Peter Mossey (PI) – University of Dundee
Prof Ashraf Ayoub – University of Glasgow
Prof Adrian Bowman – University of Glasgow
Dr Caroline Hayward – University of Edinburgh
Dr Vincent Macaulay – University of Glasgow
Dr Weihua Meng – University of Dundee
Prof Colin Palmer – University of Glasgow
Dr Karen Petrie – University of Dundee
Professor Chris Rowland – University of Dundee
Prof Blair Smith – University of Dundee
Dr Caroline Wilkinson – University of Dundee


HPV Oral Prevalence in Scotland feasibility study - Phase 2 (HOPSCOTCH 2)

Submitted to Sanofi Pasteur MSD, October 2014

The primary aim of this project is to test the feasibility of assessing the impact of the HPV Vaccination Programme in Scotland on oral HPV infection in young women and potential herd immunity in men aged 16 to 25 years old.

Project Team

Dr David I Conway (PI) - University of Glasgow 
Dr Lisa McDaid - University of Glasgow
Prof Jeremy Bagg - University of Glasgow
Ms Sharon Kean - University of Glasgow
Dr Andrew Winter - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board
Prof Jan Clarkson - University of Dundee
Dr Linda Young - NHS Education for Scotland
Dr Kate Cuschieri - NHS Lothian
Dr Christine Campbell - University of Edinburgh
Dr Ramya Bhatia - University of Edinburgh
Prof Chris Robertson - University of Strathclyde
Dr Kevin Pollock - Health Protection Scotland (HPS)
Mr Jamie Rae -Throat Cancer Foundation


Understanding the barriers and facilitators of best health care practice in Care Homes: Oral health Care (CHOC)

Submitted to the Dunhill Medical Trust, November 2014

This study will explore the oral care issues that affect residents, care home staff, professional organisations and policy makers. Findings will help us to design a comprehensive programme of support to ensure that Scotland’s national oral health promotion programme, Caring for Smiles, leads to better oral care in care homes across Scotland for the long-term. Through our innovative approach, this work should produce a template that can be used to study other aspects of health care in care homes to improve quality of care and resident’s quality of life.

Research Team

Dr Debbie Bonetti (PI) - University of Dundee
Dr Alastair Ross - University of Glasgow
Prof Jan Clarkson - University of Dundee
Prof Lorna Macpherson - University of Glasgow
Prof Ruth Freeman - University of Dundee
Dr Andrea Sherrif - University of Glasgow
Dr Debbie Kinnear - University of Dundee
Dr Linda Young - NHS Education for Scotland
Sheila Welsh - NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Heather Edwards - Care Inspectorate
Prof Martyn Jones - University of Dundee
Dr Janice Rattray - University of Dundee


Effectiveness of theory-informed audit and feedback interventions for the delivery of preventive care to improve the oral health of children in Scotland

Submitted to the Chief Scientist Office in January 2015

This proposal seeks funding for a randomised controlled trial using national, routinely collected, electronic healthcare data to evaluate the impact of different types of centrally provided audit and feedback on fluoride varnish application and preventive fissure sealant placement by dentists in Scotland. This study will evaluate a low-cost, theory-informed, pragmatic health sector intervention to improve the oral health of children in Scotland.

Research Team

Professor Jan Clarkson (PI) - University of Dundee
Dr Linda Young (co-PI) - NHS Education for Scotland’s (NES)
Dr Anna Templeton - DHSRU
Dr Paula Elouafkaoui - DHSRU
Dr Debbie Bonetti - DHSRU
Heather Cassie - DHSRU
Professor Lorna Macpherson - University of Glasgow
Dr Al Ross -University of Glasgow
Dr Wendy Gnich -University of Glasgow
Emma O’Keefe  - Consultant in Dental Public Health, Fife, South East Scotland and Tayside
Derek Richards - DHSRU
Dr Andrea Sheriff - University of Glasgow


The Champion for improved delivery of care to older people in long-term care settings

Submitted to the Carnegie Trust, January 2015

This study will conduct a systematic review of the literature, within the Effective Practice and Organisation of Care group of the Cochrane Collaboration to synthesise the evidence for the effectiveness of the Champion at improving professional practice, quality of care and health outcomes for older people living in long-term care.

Project Team

Dr Andrea Sherriff - University of Glasgow
Dr Janice Rattray - University of Dundee
Prof Martyn Jones - University of Dundee 
Ms Sheila Welsh - NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Dr Gerd Flodgren - University of Oxford


Mortality and cancer incidence in people with cleft lip and/or palate in Scotland

Submitted to the Carnegie Trust, January 2015

This study proposes to assess mortality and cancer incidence in people born with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) in Scotland. As Scotland has some of the best health service data in the world, the project will use records from the Information Services Division of National Services Scotland. Identifying premature mortality and/or an increased risk of cancer will identify targets for future research to understand why CL/P patients die early or have increased cancer risk and potentially identify ways this can be avoided.

Research Team

Dr Tatiana Macfarlane - University of Aberdeen
Prof Peter Mossey - University of Dundee
Toby Gillgrass - NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Prof Angus Walls - University of Edinburgh
Dr Pauline Adair - University of Strathclyde
Dr David Brewster - Scottish Cancer Registry
Craig Russell - NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Cleft Care Scotland


Improving Systems of Care for the Older Person (I-SCOPE)

Submitted to the Dunhill Medical Trust, June 2015

This study aims to help care homes meet the challenges of providing safe, high quality care for older people to improve health and wellbeing. We will examine the care home system holistically, using a structured organizational approach, recommended by key bodies in healthcare. Many important elements influence quality care provision, including: staff recruitment and training; protocols and regulation; the physical environment and resources; and organisational culture and leadership. The vital benefit of this project is that it will identify how all these aspects best fit together, and discover what trade-offs and priority decisions staff make when under pressure. We will make recommendations about how systems can function more smoothly, teams can communicate more effectively and competing demands can be met within existing resources. This will be very useful for a whole range of safety and quality improvement efforts, and will make substantial improvements to residents’ health and quality of life.

Research Team

Dr Al Ross – University of Glasgow
Dr Janet Anderson – King’s College London
Dr Debbie Bonetti – University of Dundee
Dr Paul Bowie – NHS Education for Scotland
Heather Edwards – Care Inspectorate
Dr Evridiki Fioratou – University of Dundee
Prof Ruth Freeman – University of Dundee
Prof Lorna Macpherson – University of Glasgow
Dr Andrea Sherriff – University of Glasgow
Dr Linda Young – NHS Education for Scotland