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Dr Mojtaba Dorri Grant Award for COVID-19 research

Photograph of Dr Dorri in full personal protective equipment preparing to provide emergency dental treatment.

10 June 2020

Dr Mojtaba Dorri recently received an MRC CiC (Confidence in concept) grant to develop a medical device that allows performing aerosol generating procedures with no risk of virus transmission.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, routine dental care has been suspended in many countries to reduce virus transmission. The aerosol generating nature of most dental procedures (even a simple oral examination using air spray) and exposure to saliva, blood, and other body fluids makes dental professionals at the greatest risk of COVID-19 amongst all professions.

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic may not be controlled until an effective vaccine is developed, the restrictions on routine dental care and the resultant negative impacts on public oral health and quality of life may sustain for 12 to 18 months. This highlights the need for developing innovative solutions to allow delivering routine dental care in a safe environment without risking virus transmission.

The MRC CiC grant will allow Dr Dorri and his team of industrial designers and engineers to manufacture and test the prototype, and prepare to go into mass production.

If you would like to be involved in the process of testing this medical device, whether as a patient or a clinician, please email “NOVID-project@bristol.ac.uk”.

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