OSI Accepting Entries for the 2022 Seamus Keating Award

The Seamus Keating Award was established by the Orthodontic Society of Ireland (OSI) in 2018 and offers an opportunity to postgraduate students in orthodontic specialist programmes either in Ireland or internationally, to present their clinical science or basic science-based project in orthodontics at the OSI annual session. The 2022 Annual Conference will be held on 1st /2nd April at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland.

Seamus Keating Biography
Seamus was a leading member of the Irish Dental Association (IDA) and a founding member of the OSI. He served as President from 1987/88. Seamus was inducted into the Fellowship of the International College of Dentists (FICD) in 1996. He was an active member of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), where he was a board member from 1990-1994; 1996-1999 and was also a member of the Speciality Advisory Committee (SAC). Seamus was a lecturer in orthodontics and craniofacial biology at University College, Cork, from 1995- 2006. His research interest focused on craniofacial growth and biology, growth modification and functional appliances in orthodontics.

The purpose of the Award
To demonstrate support by the OSI for research in orthodontics and to postgraduate speciality training in orthodontics. The aim is also to encourage and welcome new graduates to our society.

Orthodontic postgraduate students who are currently enrolled in a recognised specialist orthodontic training programme and due to graduate in 2022; or Specialist Orthodontists who completed a MSc /MOrth in 2020/2021. The Award will be shortlisted based on clinical relevance and research topic/ methodology. Three candidates will be shortlisted and asked to present at the OSI Annual Conference in April. Each finalist will be given a stipend and complimentary entry to the conference and dinner. The winner will be chosen on the day of the conference, based on three criteria,  each having equal weight, 1. quality of presentation, 2. clinical relevance to members and 3. the research methodology.

How to apply
Applications must be emailed on or before 16th January 2022 to: info@orthodontics.ie
Applications should include an abstract (not exceeding 500 words) and a paper, (not exceeding 2000 words including references, double-spaced, font size 12), on the research project. Tables and figures in addition to the main paper should be kept to a minimum. Applications will be reviewed by a judging panel decided by the OSI Council. The Judges will agree on a shortlist of candidates to present at the OSI annual session, who will receive notice of acceptance by 1st February 2022. Please provide an email address that will be valid, so you will receive this notification. The Award will be judged on the presentation, by a panel of three judges. The decision of the judging panel will be final.

The three shortlisted applications will utilise a PowerPoint® presentation or similar and be no longer than 15 mins with 5 minutes questions and answers afterwards. Each of the shortlisted applicants will be given complimentary entry to the Annual Meeting, will be a guest at the Dinner and will receive a stipend and certificate of achievement. The Award will be judged on presentation, relevance to members, and research design. The winning presentation will be awarded The Seamus Keating Award of €500, and the second and third placed presenters will receive a stipend of €250 and a certificate for their presentation.

To submit entrants or for further queries, please email info@orthodontics.ie