Global Clinical Case Contest 2020/2021: Dentsply Sirona Honors Excellent Treatment Results of Dentistry Students

With the Global Clinical Case Contest (GCCC), every year Dentsply Sirona honors students around the world for outstanding achievements in the field of esthetic dentistry. As in the previous year, the final round was held virtually. An international panel of judges selected the three best contributions on clinically challenging case studies.

The anticipation of an upcoming end to the pandemic is something that is currently uniting people around the globe. Many are looking forward to embracing friends and family with a smile again. Young dentists all over the world are committed to the beauty of a radiant smile with both their passion and their skills. Dentsply Sirona’s Global Clinical Case Contest recognizes particularly talented dental students.

This year’s circumstances were once again unique due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the competition judges revealed this year’s winners during an online global judging event on June 24. Dr. Terri Dolan, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Dentsply Sirona, welcomed the finalists live to the awards ceremony.

The best representatives in their categories were honored by a international panel of three judges led by Prof. Dr. Rainer Seemann, Vice President Global Clinical Research and Scientific Support at Dentsply Sirona, and the internationally renowned dentists and university professors Prof. Ian Cline (UK) and Prof. Gaetano Paolone (Italy).

First place went to Emin Ismaylov from the State University of Medicine and Dentistry in Moscow, Russia.

Second place went to Rosalba Diana from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan/Rome, in Italy.

And the third place was jointly awarded to Lizhong Sun, Sichuan University, China, and José Muñoz Peñalver, Universidad Católica San Antonio in Murcia, Spain.


The ongoing pandemic presented challenges for many participants. “This year, once again, some students were unable to participate due to the difficult situation in their country. Nevertheless, the Global Clinical Case Contest remains a fixed element of the curriculum at global universities,” said Dr. Markus Kopp, Senior Manager Global Clinical Education at Dentsply Sirona. “With the Global Clinical Case Contest, we are sending a clear signal of the ongoing collaboration between Dentsply Sirona and universities around the world. In exchange with talented international dental experts, we consistently develop our innovative portfolio for restorative dentistry.”


Emin Ismaylov said: “I think it’s great that Dentsply Sirona gives young professionals the opportunity to prove their skills and motivates us in every way to develop further.”

Nearly 400 participants

The Dentsply Sirona Global Clinical Case Contest has been held since 2004/2005. The contest invites worldwide participation by dental students with less than two years of clinical experience.


Participants document their successful treatments in the form of text and images. They are supported by a tutor from their university. For direct restorations in the anterior and posterior region, the complete restorative product range from Dentsply Sirona is available free of charge to participants.

This year’s competition attracted over 390 students from 91 universities around the globe. In total, more than 5,500 students from recognized dental schools worldwide have participated over the years.

The worldwide finalists will receive a copy of the textbook “Direct Restorations in the Posterior Region” – co-authored by Prof. Paolone. The three best-placed participants will be presented with an award. The students also enjoy recognition from the professional world, with the competition always receiving a high degree of attention in the international dental press.

The application process for the Global Clinical Case Contest 2021/2022 is due to start in summer of 2021.


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