Eastman Dental Institute


Dr Julie Gallagher awarded Research bursary by British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

8 April 2018

Julie Gallagher

Dr Julie Gallagher has been awarded one of only four 2018 Research Bursaries by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

The £10,300 grant will fund a study investigating the effect of a behaviour change intervention on the performance, health and oral health of elite athletes.

The work will form part of Dr Gallagher’s PhD, a comprehensive investigation of oral health across many different sports which has already included hundreds of professional sportsmen and women. 

Professor Ian Needleman, Director of Centre for Oral Health and Performance said: "Many congratulations to Julie.

“Our previous studies* have found higher than average levels of oral and dental disease amongst elite athletes, many of whom report a negative impact on their performance.

“Investigating whether we can instigate behaviour change to address this is a vital next step.”

The new study has already benefited from the input and advice of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. It will be run within our Centre for Oral Health and Performance.

*http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/48/7/561.3   /   http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/16/1054