Zhain wins the Charles Chadwick Medal

Monday 6th June 2022

Zhain Mustufvi, Leeds Dental Core Trainee and NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, has won the prestigious Charles Chadwick Medal from the Leeds Medico-Chirurgical Society at their 150th year anniversary meeting. The prize is awarded to outstanding early careers researchers. Zhain was one of three academic trainees shortlisted from the NIHR Academy for the prize. 

The candidates were required to deliver a 15-minute research presentation, followed by questioning from the panel of professors and medical consultants. Zhain presented his topic titled "Healthy gums, healthy joints?" which focussed on the novel research him and his team are conducting here in Leeds.

A cross-site collaboration between the Leeds Dental Institute, the Leeds NIHR Clinical Research Facility and Leeds Institute for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine is researching the links between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontal disease. Specifically, they are interested in whether screening and treating periodontal disease in people who are at-risk of rheumatoid arthritis (by virtue of a positive blood antibody test and musculoskeletal symptoms) can prevent or delay onset of the arthritis. To investigate this, the team has set up an exciting and novel 'RA-Periodontal Pathway', where at-risk of RA patients are recruited from the rheumatology clinic and screened for periodontal disease. If found to be positive, they are referred to the Leeds Dental Institute for periodontal treatment, which is delivered by Zhain. This proof of concept work is collecting data on the acceptability of this pathway to patients, as well as banking of blood, plaque, saliva and gingival fluid samples.

Zhain has recently applied for an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship award to progress this proof of concept work further into a randomised controlled trial as part of his PhD.