Volpe Prize Rules
can enter the Volpe Prize competition? Any person who is
registered as a student in an accredited dental school or dental
post-graduate program in Canada, Mexico or the United States of
America as well as graduates of those institutions who have
completed training no later than June 30, 2012.
When and where is the site for the Volpe Prize? The
Competition will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus,
Ohio on May 17, 2013. Travel grants of 500 US Dollars will be awarded
to the finalists to travel to Columbus.
What is Awarded? 3500 US Dollars will be awarded to the
winner of the competition.
What are the guidelines for Volpe Abstract submission? Volpe
Abstracts must summarize research performed following matriculation
into dental school and/or an advanced dental education program. The
presenter must provide a statement (from the advisor or the program
chairman) that he/she contributed the sole/major effort on the
research being presented. Original materials or abstracts that have
been previously published or presented may be submitted. Only one
author can be identified on the Abstract. All other members of the
research team, including the advisor must be acknowledged as having
contributed to the effort. The Volpe Abstract must be written in
English and must fit in to the space provided by the abstract box
(approx. 450 words).
Abstracts that do not conform to font size or space limitations will
be returned to the author. The Abstract should contain the following
sections: hypothesis/objective, materials and methods, results and
summary and conclusions which include information on the clinical
relevance of the project. Each institution is responsible for determining
which research projects will be selected for submission. Detailed
abstract submission guidelines are posted under Submit a Volpe
How are Volpe Abstracts evaluated? Volpe Abstracts will be
appraised by judges who will be blinded to the identity of the
competitors. Evaluation criteria include:
1. originality and design of the investigation
2. suitability of the methods used
3. quality of data
4. demonstration of clinical relevance
5. lucidity of writing
How is the Oral Presentation evaluated? Each finalist will
have 15 minutes to present their data followed by 10 minutes of
questioning by the judges. The Oral Presentation will be evaluated
on the originality of the research presented, the hypothesis, the
quality of the materials and methods used in the project, the
interpretation of the results, the quality of the presentation, the
quality of the audiovisual aids, competence in answering the
questions, the presenter’s understanding and mastery of all aspects
of the research and its implications-both clinical and scientific.
Each Oral Presentation will be scored by each judge.
How will the winner of the Volpe Prize be selected? The
winner of the Volpe Prize will be selected on the basis of the:
a) submitted abstract (20%)
b) oral presentation (80%)
What are the important dates? February 1, 2013: Abstracts
must be submitted to the web site (http://dent.osu.edu/perio)
at The Ohio State University or be received via mail to:
OSU Division of Periodontology
ATTN: Volpe Prize
305 W. 12th Ave., Room 4129
Columbus, OH 43210
February 2 – 28, 2013: Review of Abstracts by judges.
March 1, 2013: Finalists will be announced.
May 16, 2013: Volpe Prize reception
May 17, 2013: Oral competition at The Ohio State University
May 17, 2013: Volpe Prize Awards Banquet
What is the definition of the clinical research that can be
submitted for the Volpe Prize?
Clinical research: Research based on humans and designed to
answer questions about health and disease. In addition to direct
examination of individual patients and populations, it includes the
study of biological samples and personal data deriving from the
individuals concerned. It also includes research on volunteers, or
on populations of apparently healthy individuals, where such study
relates to a disease process being investigated.
Experimental medicine: Investigation undertaken in humans,
relating where appropriate to model systems, to identify mechanisms
of pathophysiology or disease, or to demonstrate proof-of-concept
evidence of the validity and importance of new discoveries or
Population sciences: Investigation undertaken in populations
(e.g. descriptive epidemiology, cohorts, randomised trials, and
case-control designs involving people) to identify mechanisms of
health or disease, or to test the validity and importance of new
discoveries, interventions, or treatments.
Translational research: The process of the bidirectional
transfer of knowledge between basic work (in the laboratory and
elsewhere) with that in the whole patient. Translational research
ranges from exploring fundamental scientific questions and applying
the resulting knowledge to the patient, to bringing insights from
studies in the patient back to the laboratory in model systems for
further exploration. These efforts will lead to better understanding
of the mechanisms of disease and the maintenance of health, as well
as to new methods of diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.