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The British Society for Oral and Dental Research (BSODR) was formed to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health in the United Kingdom.

Prof David Bartlett - President BSODR

New Year's Report from Professor David Bartlett - President BSODR

A happy new year to all our members! I trust you all had some family time and a well-deserved rest.

Welcome to an update for BSODR. The most important news is that we are hosting the IADR meeting in London in 2018. Preparations are underway to make it a great meeting that everyone can attend and enjoy. There will be a social event at the IADR meeting in San Francisco in March 2017 to promote the London meeting so if you are attending please put it in your diary for the Thursday evening.

This year the BSODR management committee welcomed David Wood, Chris Hope and Katrin Jaedicke. I wish to thank David Moles, Rob Allaker and Chris Nile for their great support and dedication to our society as they left the committee in the autumn – a great big thank you. Without the efforts of the committee our society would not function.

The IADR 2016 meeting in Seoul was reasonably well attended considering the distance but sadly the PER meeting in Jerusalem only had 11 BSODR members attending. I am sure this reflected the relative difficulty in travelling to these locations, but the next PER meeting is being held in London as part of the IADR 2018 meeting and that will be much more successful. In 2020 the PER meeting will be held as a standalone meeting in Marseilles, which again should have a good attendance.

This year we are focused on early career academics so if you have any suggestion on better communication and innovation let us know. We have organised a workshop dedicated to early career clinical and non-clinical scientists, which will be held in London on 11th April 2017. The speakers will focus on tips for writing grant applications, personal experiences and feedback from NIHR, amongst others. Registration is free and supported by the society. Details of how to register will follow shortly.

Our main annual scientific meeting this year is in Plymouth (6th to 8th September). This is our very own meeting and is an opportunity to present your research in a friendly environment and to meet colleagues from across the UK. It will be a great event so please set aside the dates now.

Your committee meets at least twice a year, either face to face or via Skype, so if there is anything you feel we should be doing please let us know. We are very grateful for the support and hard work of all members of the management committee but particularly Marcello, our Honorary Secretary, who keeps us all focused and ensures the meetings run smoothly.

I wish everyone a successful year and hope to see you in Plymouth.


Next Meeting

BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting: Plymouth, 6th-8th September 2017


Our primary objectives are:

  1. To support and represent the oral health research community in the UK.
  2. To encourage junior workers to become involved in oral and dental research.
  3. To facilitate the dissemination and application of research findings relating to oral health and the interactions between oral and systemic health.

The Society is a Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and also a member of a federation of European research societies - Pan European Region (PER). The members of the PER are the IADR divisions from Britain, Continental Europe, Ireland, Israel, Russia and Scandinavia.

Under various names, the BSODR has been meeting since 1953, but even before that, groups of British researchers had been meeting in London since 1931. The Society therefore has a long and rich heritage.

Now, the BSODR meets on an annual basis. Meetings alternate between the UK and a joint meeting with our PER partners. Recent meetings have been held in Durham (2007), PER - London (2008), Glasgow (2009), PER - Barcelona (2010), Sheffield (2011), PER - Helsinki (2012), Bath (2013), PER - Dubrovnik (2014), Cardiff (2015) and PER - Jerusalem (2016).