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The SCADA Story

Welcome to SCADA!   SCADA – the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application – is a global student competition, aimed at engaging the next generation of dental professionals in the discovery and advancement of dental research, and the improvement of oral health worldwide.

The first International Association of Student Clinicians - American Dental Association (ADA) or SCADA Program was launched as a joint venture between DENTSPLY International and the American Dental Association in 1959 during the centennial session of the ADA in New York City. The program was conceived by the late Dr. Harold H. Hillenbrand, former Executive Director of the ADA, and the late Mr. Henry M. Thornton, former Chairman of DENTSPLY International. Their goal was to help students discover research, advance themselves, and find inspiring ways to improve dental care – and continues in this spirit today.

Program Goals

  • Engage students to discover the importance and power of dental research.
  • Provide opportunities for students to Advance their Research skills and careers.
  • Inspire students to look for new ways to have a positive impact on dental care and oral health.

Country Program Overview

The first CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application Program took place in 1971 as a joint venture between the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and then DENTSPLY Canada to bring this program to dental students across Canada. All 10 Canadian dental schools are invited to take part in this annual event. This program is founded on being helpful in stimulating interest on the part of the dental students and educators in the fields of dental research and dental science.

Each year the deans of the 10 accredited dental schools in Canada are invited to select a student to participate in the CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application. This individual is required to be an undergraduate at the time of selection, and will represent their school by providing a presentation of their table clinic in one of two categories – “Clinical Application and Techniques’ or ‘Basic Science and Research’ before a panel of qualified judges. Following the judging sessions, Dentsply Sirona and the CDA hold a reception to honor the achievements of all participating student clinicians, and to announce the judge’s decision on who will obtain the First and Second place Awards.

All students who participate in the CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application Program become members of the Alumni Association - the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application - American Association for Dental Reseach(SCADA). 

Current Program

2018 SCADA Program

Welcome to Prince Edward Island!

PEI is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, west of Cape Breton Island and east of New Brunswick. Here you will find lush landscape and rural communities with a slower-paced, old-world flavour, which is enjoyed by tourists year round!

Rich in Canadian history, PEI began to attract many "adventurous Victorian families looking for elegance on the sea, and quickly became a fashionable retreat in the nineteenth century".

While visting, you might have the adventure of spotting a North Atlantic right whale, one of the rarest whale species. With numerous whale sightings recorded since 2014 around Cape Breton you will definitely want to have your camera ready to capture those majestic moments; or enjoy one of their long beaches, dunes, or red sandstone cliffs, and of course don't forget the breathtaking views of their numerous bays and harbours.

With wonderful sumer temperatures by the waterside, PEI is a breathtaking Canadian gem, just waiting to welcome you!


  • August 22, 2018
  • Welcome!
    Details regarding the Student Clinician Awards will be announced soon!
Cynthia MacDonald
of Dentsply Sirona for information regarding current year travel, accommodations and the awards program.
2018: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Top 3 Basic Research:

1. Natalie Rosenthal



Past Program

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    Cynthia MacDonald

    Professional Services Coordinator
    Dentsply Sirona
    161 Vinyl Court
    Woodbridge, ON
    Phone: 905-851-6060