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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 regional Student Clinician Program was organized in 2002 under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Division of the International Association for Dental Research. One student from each of the following locales in invited to participate: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

In South East Asia, the Student Clinician Research Program is conducted annually in conjunction with the assistance and approval of the Southeast Asian Division of the International Association for Dental Research, IADR-SEA. The finalist from each of the six participating countries will receive an expense paid trip to the annual IADR-SEA meeting, where the regional competition is held. The winne of the regional competition will receive an expense paid trip to represent our region at the Annual Session of the American Dental Association in the following year in the United States.

Current Program

Below are the descriptions of our judging categories. Please keep in mind that the category you select during the application process, is the category in which your research will be judged. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your Faculty Advisor for advice on the best placement of your research. 

CATEGORY I: Clinical Science / Public Health Research

Clinical Science / Public Health Research presentations focus on clinical research questions in general dentistry or one of the clinical dental specialties and may focus on diagnostic approaches, interventions and/or prevention, and/or may evaluate clinical techniques, materials or devices directly related to oral health care. This category also includes educational research, epidemiology, public health, community-based, and/or public policy research.


CATEGORY II: Basic and Translational Science Research   

Basic and Translational Science Research presentations are generally hypothesis-driven projects involving some aspect of basic or translational sciences.  Translational research pertains to studies that investigate the application of basic science findings to clinical situations.  Research in this category may address a technique or method involving a biological or physical science. 

Ms. Verena Schuetter
of Dentsply Sirona for information regarding the Student Clinician Research Program Rules and Regulations


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