Students from the Glasgow University Dental School have been awarded the top prize in this year’s Dental Innovation Technology Ideas awards.
The final year students — Adam Gray, David Lagan and Pearce Hannigan — developed their entry using a Nintendo Wii console to replicate an environment in which dental students can practise their clinical technique.
Speaking to Guardian, Craig Leaver, CEO of the awards’ sponsors, Dental Innovation, explained the significance of the competition.
He said: “The recent Dental Innovation Technology Ideas award was developed to promote out-of-the-box thinking by final year dental students.”
Speaking on behalf of his team members, Pearce Hannigan described their reaction to the success.
He told Guardian: “We were absolutely thrilled at winning first prize. We were aware of the high standard of the entries put forward by our colleagues and never believed for a minute that our entry would win the prize.”
“We hope that our dental innovation reflects Glasgow Dental School’s commitment to improving teaching standards and the development of highly skilled dentists.”
The winners received a cheque for £300 and a glass obelisk, presented by Leaver.