Photograph by Tomas Tyner, UCC.Dr Gerry McKenna, Lecturer in Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation in Cork University Dental School and Hospital, was recently awarded the Gary Pollock Memorial Award by the British Society of Restorative Dentistry (BSRD).

Gerry presented his work, entitled ‘Oral rehabilitation of a head and neck cancer patient using a two-piece magnet retained obturator’, at the BSRD’s annual scientific meeting in the Royal College of Physicians, London. This was a very challenging case, which was managed surgically in the South Infirmary/Victoria University Hospital and in Cork University Dental School and Hospital.

The case necessitated a multidisciplinary approach with input from restorative dentistry, ear, nose and throat (ENT), radiotherapy, speech therapy and dedicated cancer support services.