The president’s prize started as the Rod Cawson prize lecture, established in 2006 in memory of Professor Cawson, head of the Department of oral medicine and pathology at Guy’s dental hospital London until 1986, author of many textbooks and a long-time supporter of the IAOP. After 2012, this became the IAOP President’s lecture.

The IAOP President invites applications for the IAOP President’s Lecture. The lecture will be presented at the biennial congress of the IAOP.


To encourage excellence in the science and practice of oral pathology. This should be interpreted broadly to include an increase in knowledge or understanding of oral and maxillofacial diseases and their management.


Any person involved in the practice of oral pathology is eligible to apply. This is to be interpreted in the broadest sense and may include researchers, clinicians or scientists whose studies or clinical practice involves the diagnosis and management of oral and maxillofacial diseases.


This will be based on:
– A brief CV of the applicant.
– A written synopsis of the lecture to be presented.
– A brief statement (500 words maximum) of the impact of the applicant’s work on the practice of oral medicine and pathology


The President of the IAOP and a panel nominated by him, normally including the Immediate Past President and the most recent IAOP President’s Lecturer, ensuring that the panel includes two members of IAOP.

The Prize:

Will consist of 1000 GB Pounds and registration for the meeting at which the Lecture is given.

How to apply:

The written synopsis and accompanying papers must be sent to the Secretary of IAOP by the closing date for abstracts for the relevant Congress.

The successful candidate will be expected to present his/her lecture at the biennial congress of IAOP. The lecture will be a maximum of 1 hour in length and will be held during a plenary session of the Congress.


1. The written synopsis should be no more than 4 pages of A4 size paper and should have the same format as the lecture to be given at the Meeting. It must therefore be written in English and should include those illustrations and graphics which are essential to the presentation. References should be kept to a minimum.
2. The successful candidate will be responsible for his/her own travel arrangements and expenses to attend the meeting.
3. The judges’ decision will be final. If, in the opinion of the judges, the required standard is not met, the prize may not be awarded.