Deadline: January 17, 2022
The International Network for
Orofacial Pain and Related Disorders Methodology (INfORM): A consortium focused
on clinical translational research (hereafter, International Network) in
conjunction with Quintessence Publishing and Journal of Oral & Facial Pain
and Headache provides an award for early career clinical researchers/scientists.
Each of the awards will be given to investigators for an outstanding clinical
or translational research abstract and project pertaining to Orofacial Pain and
Related Conditions submitted to the IADR General Annual Session &
of clinical and translational research for the purpose of these awards
Applicable clinical research
pertains to diagnostic criteria, management guidelines, statistical or design
methodology, or findings relevant to any of those categories. Applicable
translational research addresses the first or second translational gap, as
defined by the Cooksey report diagram (2006)
here or NIH roadmap here. The first gap pertains to “translating ideas from basic
and clinical research into the development of new products and approaches to
treatment of disease and illness” and the second gap pertains to “…implementing
those new products and approaches into clinical practice”. Basic, discovery, or
laboratory science that does not fit within these two translational gaps is
outside the scope of this competition. In short, demonstrating relevance of the
research to the mission of the International Network is essential.
Those considering applications based
on basic or laboratory science pertaining to orofacial pain and related
conditions are recommended to first refer to the IADR Neuroscience Group’s
Wiley-Blackwell Investigator award description and determine if their research
would better fit eligibility criteria for that award and, if so, then the
research will not likely fit the criteria for this award. If individuals still
have queries about the eligibility of their research after referring to the
Neuroscience Group’s award criteria they should contact the Chairperson of the
International Network’s award (listed at the end of this announcement) with a
brief abstract (<250words) of their research in order to ascertain if it is
eligible for inclusion in the International Network’s competition.
for the award
Potential applicants should note
that applications for this award cannot be submitted to other Group or Network
competitions at the same IADR annual scientific meeting. Award panels will
confer as necessary on entries for the forthcoming meeting.
The International Network and
Quintessence Publishing awards consist of two categories:
- IADR INfORM Samuel F Dworkin Predoctoral Award. A pre-doctoral student attending a higher academic
institution will be eligible to apply for this award. The winner will be
awarded with 500 USD and a certificate of award.
- IADR INfORM Barry J Sessle Postdoctoral Award. A post-doctoral researcher working within a higher
academic institution will be eligible to apply for this award. The winner
will be awarded with 1,000 USD and a certificate of award.
The category for competition is
based on applicant status at the time of submission of the application:
- Pre-doctoral applicants must currently be enrolled
within an academic institution in a pre-doctoral B.D.S, D.D.S., D.M.D.,
M.D., or PhD program or other similar degree program.
- Post-doctoral applicants must be within 5 years of graduation
of a higher doctoral degree and no longer enrolled in a degree-granting
In addition, the following criteria
must be met for both categories:
- The applicant must submit his/her abstract for the IADR
General Session, but the submission may be to any of the research Groups
or Networks within the IADR.
- The applicant must not submit the abstract to a
competition of another IADR Group or Network.
- IADR membership is required, but International Network
membership is NOT a requirement.
- The applicant must not be a 1) current officer of the
International Network or 2) previous award winner in the same category.
- Applicants must submit their abstracts to the IADR
General Session & Exhibition, and adhere to the normal IADR abstract
format. Please visit
https://www.iadr.org/2020iags for more information.
- Applicants must check the box on the IADR online
abstract application form to specifically apply for this Award. This step when
you submit your abstract at
https://www.iadr.org/2020iags is essential in order for your abstract to be
considered for this competition.
- In addition to the abstract submission on the IADR web
site, applicants must email the following 3 documents (and adhering to
stated page limits) to the Award Chairperson (listed at the end of this
- A one-page biography or CV (1 page maximum) containing
the following information: name, date of birth, undergraduate and
postgraduate studies completed, principal investigator or supervisor
name, and research publications.
- A one-page letter of recommendation (1 page maximum)
submitted by the principal investigator, supervisor, or the head of the
research department at the applicant’s school or university, as
determined by which competition the applicant is applying for. The letter
should provide detail appropriate to the stage of career development of
the applicant and that the applicant is the principle researcher of the
submitted research abstract.
- A document with a detailed Project ( 5 pages maximum,
double-spaced A4 or US letter-sized pages at size 12 point Arial font
with standard word document page margins [2.54cm superior/inferior, and
lateral]) saved as a PDF with a descriptive project title and the
following 6 sections:
Section 1. Abstract (same as submitted through the IADR website);
Section 2. Introduction: literature review, rationale/hypothesis, goal;
Section 3. Methodology: sample collection (if present), randomization
procedure (if present), test/control groups (if present), assays, and
statistics; sample size and power computations should also be provided,
as appropriate, and provide rationale if sample size cannot be
Section 4. Results: main findings, statistical data;
Section 5. Conclusions: impact/innovation on clinical sciences within the
scope of the International Network and specifically outline the current
position of the work on the translational research pathway/road map and
plans for its onwards translation; and
Section 6. Bibliographic references.
Please note if applicants exceed any
of the page specifications or include additional information this additional
information will be disregarded and applicants run the risk of their
application not being further considered for the competition. The applicant is
responsible for insuring that the application process is correctly followed.
Feedback regarding the application will not be provided to those who do not
progress to the competition.
Selection of Applicants for the
Applications that better fit within
the scope of the award competition hosted by the IADR Neuroscience Group will
be transferred to that group competition. Similarly, the Neuroscience Group can
transfer applicants to the INfORM competition which better fit this award. In
the case of a competition transfer, the applicant will be notified of the
transfer, and the applicant retains the right to withdraw the application if
participation in the transferred-to competition is not desired.
Each award category will require a minimum
of three applicants for that part of the competition to take place. Applicants
will be selected by a judging panel nominated by the Award Chairperson in
consultation with the officers of INfORM and is further described below. Among
applicants for each category, a final set of competitors will be selected based
on scientific quality, scope, and relevance of the submitted research to the
goals of INfORM, as described in this announcement. The final number of
applicants that can be selected for a given award category is not fixed, but is
determined based on application quality.
Applicants will be informed within
6-8 weeks after submission deadline regarding selection.
- The judging panel will be appointed and coordinated by
the Award Chairperson.
- The judging panel will consist of a minimum of three
additional members comprised of the following: the Secretary/Treasurer of
the International Network or his/her designee, the editor or designee from
the Journal, and 1-2 additional officers or senior members of the
International Network. selected based on scope of the submitted research
applications. Potential conflicts of interest by a potential judge with
award applicants will be appropriately considered.
- The Award Chairperson will be a non-voting member of
the panel during the competition; his or her roles will include hosting
the event, facilitation of final scoring by the judges, and post-session
debriefing with each candidate. The Award Chairperson may also serve as
the designee from the Journal (but still non-voting), depending on overall
requirements for the judging committee.
Rules, Principles and Criteria
The judging panel will select the
candidates as finalists for the main poster competition based on the following
rules and principles applied to the submitted written documents:
- Clarity of presentation, scientific strength,
relevance, and potential impact.
- Data presented should be original and unpublished.
- At the IADR meeting, applicants are required to present
their findings twice: 1) during the designated Award competition session
to the judging panel in the form of a poster presentation, and 2) during a
regular session (General Session or Exhibit Hall) in the form of an oral
or poster presentation, depending on the mode of acceptance of the
abstract, and which is not judged for this competition. If the abstract is
accepted as an oral presentation, a poster will be created for the
competition presentation. If the abstract is accepted as a poster
presentation, the same poster should be used for both the competition
presentation as well as the regular session presentation. The poster
format recommended at
www.iadr.org should be followed.
- In the session with the Award judging panel, the
applicants will be called in alphabetical order (by their last name as
stated in their submitted abstract) to enter a conference room where the
Award poster competition will take place. Mentors will wait outside.
- Judges will spend approximately 15 minutes at each
poster: a 5-minute presentation by the candidate to the judges, followed
by approximately 10 minutes of questions.
for judging and rating the finalists:
- Novel impact on the field of methodology for clinical
translational research in orofacial pain and related disorders.
- Goal of the study and hypothesis is clearly stated.
- Methodology is appropriate to the study goal and hypothesis.
- Innovation with the study design.
- Statistics are appropriately used to analyze the data.
- Conclusions are based on the presented data.
- Well-organized poster presentation (which includes the
poster itself and the oral performance).
- Applicant is knowledgeable regarding the study being
- Adherence to allocated presentation time.
The applicants for the Award will be
invited to attend the International Network business meeting taking place
during the IADR General Session, during which the winners will be announced and
a temporary award certificate provided. The cash Awards and permanent
certificate will be sent to the winner at a later date (usually 3-4 weeks after
the meeting) by Quintessence.
Abstracts must be submitted through
the IADR abstract submission process by
March 12, 2021 and the
supporting application documents must be sent no later than
March 26, 2021
to the Award Chairperson Richard Ohrbach at firstname.lastname@example.org and to INfORM secretary Flavia Kapos at email@example.com .