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Welcome to SCADA! The Student Clinician Research Program of the ADA is comprised of a select and elite group of dentists who participated in the Student Clinician Research Program at their individual schools and your country's national program. This program was first presented in 1959 at the centennial session of the ADA in New York City as a joint venture between DENTSPLY International and the American Dental Association. Dr. Harold Hillenbrand, then Executive Director of the ADA and Mr. Henry M. Thornton, then President of DENTSPLY International initiated the first program. Since its inception, the program has expanded to cover 36 countries and has over 5,000 student participants.

The ADA hosts a SCADA program at each annual meeting as a popular feature of the scientific session. Students are selected to compete and present their work by their individual schools. DENTSPLY International is proud to serve as the sponsor of this program by funding all program-related awards and expenses. They also sponsor an orientation seminar for student clinicians on the evening preceding the judging and host a reception and dinner to honor the participants on the evening of the judging.

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. Karen Yeh
of Dentsply Sirona for information regarding the Student Clinician Research Program Rules and Regulations


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