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Registration and abstract submission for the OMIG Research Meeting 2018 is now open.

The meeting will follow the same format as those previously held at Gregynog Hall in 2014 and 2016. For authors of abstracts selected for oral presentation (both staff and students) registration will be FREE. If you register for the meeting and subsequently have your abstract accepted for oral presentation, the registration fee will be refunded immediately.

OMIG is delighted to announce that Professor Phil Marsh (Professor of Oral Microbiology, University of Leeds & Chief Scientific Leader, TB Research Programme, Public Health England Porton) will deliver the Keynote Lecture at the meeting. Phil is a world-renowned figure in the field of academic oral microbiology, has published over 250 research papers, review articles and book chapters and is co-author of a leading text book on oral microbiology. He received the ORCA-Rolex Award for Caries Research in 1991, the IADR Distinguished Science Award (Research in Dental Caries) in 1998, the Society for General Microbiology (UK) Colworth Prize Award in 2001, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 from the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. His research interests include dental biofilms and oral microbial ecology, which led him to propose the ‘ecological plaque hypothesis’ to explain whether the relationship between the oral microbiota and the host will result in health (symbiosis) or disease (dysbiosis). He is interested in how oral care products can prevent disease while preserving the important beneficial functions of the resident oral microbiota:

Abstract submission:

Abstracts must be no more than 300 words in length and follow standard IADR format (Introduction; Methods; Results; Conclusion). As this is a general meeting, abstracts are invited from postgraduate research students and staff in all areas of oral microbiology and immunology, to be received by Friday 12th January 2018. Abstracts should be sent to: 


The cost of the meeting will be £325 (registration and two nights full-board accommodation). Payment can be made by BACS or cheque. The deadline for registration is Friday 9th February 2018. A registration form is attached to this email.

In the meantime, please take this opportunity to publicise this meeting with your colleagues and friends. OMIG hopes to see you in Wales in 2018 for what promises to be another exciting and stimulating meeting.

Please visit the OMIG website for latest information and updates on the meeting:

20 November 2017   More...

Obituary: Professor Jimmy Steele

Professor Jimmy Steele

With great sadness we mark the passing of Jimmy Steele, who left us on 16th November 2017.

Jimmy’s list of achievements in oral health was immense.  As well as being Head of School in the School of Dental Sciences in Newcastle University, he was a senior member of the consortium working with the Office for National Statistics on four national Adult and Child Dental Health Surveys.  Jimmy was the founding chair of the NIHR Oral and Dental Specialty Research group, ensuring that the NHS provided a good infrastructure for oral research. Professionally, he was best known for leading the 2009 Independent Review of NHS Dentistry, subsequently called the Steele Review. That review has formed the basis of the current reforms, being carefully introduced through a series of successful pilots and prototypes.

This work was recognised within and beyond dentistry.  Jimmy was made a CBE for services to Dentistry and Oral Health in 2012 and awarded the BDA’s John Tomes Medal in 2016 for scientific eminence related to dentistry. 

Those of us who knew Jimmy marveled at his tireless and infectious enthusiasm. He was a committed naturalist and sat on the British Birds Rarities Committee, assessing claims for rare bird sightings for nine years. A famously excellent cook, he gathered mushrooms and would offer advice on purchasing fresh fish at the drop of a hat. His external examining visits were often marked by a gift of his home-cured gravlax.  He was particularly proud of his two lobster pots.

Our thoughts are with Jimmy and his wife and children.

17 November 2017

The final version of the BSODR Annual Meeting 2017 handbook is attached. It can also be downloaded from the meeting website at:

29 August 2017   Meeting handbook

TC White Lecture - BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting


Title: Understanding antibiotic prescribing in primary dental care in the UK

Summary: Antibiotics are frequently used in the management of acute dental conditions in primary dental care, however there is evidence that the majority are prescribed either in situations which do not warrant their use, or as a substitute to definitive operative treatment. What are the reasons for this, and why do some dentists prescribe far more antibiotics than their peers? This lecture will describe studies undertaken to try to understand decision making around antibiotic use in primary dental care and to explore the reasons why dentists may not follow clinical guidelines regarding prescribing. It will also consider how greater understanding of the drivers of inappropriate antibiotic use can be utilised in the design of interventions to optimise antibiotic prescribing in dentistry.

About Anwen: Anwen Cope is a Specialty Trainee in Dental Public Health at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in Wales. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 and worked in primary and secondary care dental services in South Wales before returning to Cardiff University in 2011 to undertake postgraduate research. She was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her research seeks to understand how antibiotics are used in the management of acute dental problems in primary care. She started specialty training in the NHS in September 2015 and currently holds a Clinical Research Time Award from Health and Care Research Wales.

3 August 2017

BDA Lecture - BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting

The BDA Lecture will be jointly given by Peter Dyer (BDA President) and Stephen Skelton (BDA Senior Policy Advisor).

Peter and Stephen will update delegates on some of the strategic issues currently affecting dentistry. Included in this will be an update on reforms to hospital employment contracts and the future of some of the smaller specialties.

Peter graduated in dentistry from the Royal Dental Hospital in 1979 during which time he was the president of the British Dental Students’ Association and in medicine from University College Hospital, London in 1988.  He completed his training as a senior registrar at the Royal London Hospital and was appointed consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery to the University Hospital of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in 1998 with a special interest in trauma and orthognathics. He is now the Responsible Officer for the Trust. He is Chair of the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services and President of the BDA for 2017/18. 

After gaining undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in politics Stephen took up a post at the BDA. He was initially involved with the CDS and dental academics and later his role was expanded to also encompass hospital dentists and wider BDA governance.


   Peter Dyer (BDA President) 


Stephen Skelton (BDA Senior Policy Advisor)


1 August 2017

Graham Embery Lecture - BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting


The Graham Embery Lecture at the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting in Plymouth  will be delivered by Professor Mike Lewis, Professor of Oral Medicine at the School of Dentistry, College of Biological Sciences,  Cardiff University. His lecture – My war against the oral microbiome – will describe his clinical and laboratory based research targeted against bacterial, viral and candidal infections of the orofacial tissues over a period of 35 years.

Mike undertook his undergraduate clinical training in Dundee and his specialist training in Glasgow.  Mike received his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1987.  He holds Fellowships of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Pathologists, Faculty of General Dental Practice and Higher Education Authority.

Mike stood down as Dean of School of Dentistry at Cardiff University on July 31st 2017, having served in that role since 1st August 2010, to return fully to his substantive post as Professor of Oral Medicine.  He is also Director of the Dental Clinical Board of Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

Mike has a long association and involvement with BSODR, attending his first meeting in 1984 in London and has attended regularly since that time.  He was Chair of the Oral Medicine and Pathology Group (2004 - 2007) and a Council Member of the Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group (1994-1997).  Mike has served a member of the BSODR Management Committee (1997 - 2001) and was President of BSODR (2014 - 2016).

In 2002, Mike was the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Inaugural Meeting of the Pan-European Federation of the IADR 2002, which was held in Cardiff.  With regard to International Association for Dental Research, Mike served as a Member of the Hatton Awards Committee (2001-2004), Chairman of the Pre-doctoral Hatton Award Committee (2004), Member of the William J Geis Award Committee (2007-2010) and President of the Oral Medicine and Pathology Group (2012).

Mike has published over 200 scientific articles and co-authored six medical textbooks.  He has delivered more than 500 postgraduate lectures worldwide.  In addition, he has served as President of the British Society for Oral Medicine, Dental Member of the Advisory Council for Misuse of Drugs (Home Office) and Dental Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (Department of Health).  Mike is also a past Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow.

1 August 2017

BSODR has the privilege of selecting, on behalf of IADR, the 2018 Norton Ross Fellowship recipient this year. Details about this Fellowship and how to apply can be found on the IADR website at:
The purpose of this fellowship is to allow a dental or postgraduate student to obtain training and experience in dental or related research and is open to both clinical and non-clinical applicants. It is awarded every other year and rotates among the IADR Divisions.
Please send your application (which should be no more than 2,000 words in length) by email to Dr Marcello Riggio (Honorary Secretary, BSODR): no later than 5.00pm on Monday 11th September 2017. IADR will be informed of the selected candidate and this will then be by considered by the IADR Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee (PMAC). You must be a member of IADR/BSODR at the time of application.
The Norton Ross Fellowship recipient will be announced during the General Session & Exhibition of the IADR in London, England, 25-28 July 2018. 

7 July 2017   2018 Norton Ross Fellowship

NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme announced

NIHR (in partnership with the MRC) has announced the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme, which will fund ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care.

Within these studies, EME supports research in the mechanisms of diseases and treatments. EME primarily supports clinical trials, and other robustly designed studies that test the efficacy of interventions. The interventions should have the potential to improve patient care or benefit the public. 

Full details can be found at:


6 July 2017

Keynote Lecture - BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting

The Keynote Lecture at the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting in Plymouth is to be delivered by Professor Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London. His lecture – Assessing the impact of biomedical and health research – will look at why it is important to be able to assess the impact of biomedical and health research, and the different approaches for doing so. It will examine case studies from the UK Research Excellence Framework, including a sub analysis of those relating to dentistry, as well as reviewing other quantitative approaches. In conclusion, it will be argued that while research funding is effective in improving health, that same is not true for its efficiency in light of concerns about research waste.

Jonathan Grant is Assistant Principal for Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy at King’s College London, and Professor of Public Policy in the Policy Institute at King’s.  Jonathan was Director of the Policy Institute between February 2014 and 2017, and under his leadership it acquired a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence for facilitating the translation of research into policy and practice.  The Policy Institute was profiled in the Times Higher Education Supplement and is seen as a ‘model’ by other universities worldwide. He was appointed Assistant Principal for Strategy in October 2015, tasked with leading the development a new Strategic Vision for King’s, which was published in January 2017. Subsequently, Jonathan was invited to oversee the implementation of the Strategic Vision, as Assistant Principal for Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy. Jonathan is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the university.
Jonathan’s main research interests are on biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making.  Jonathan has significant international experience providing analytical support on the formulation and implementation of R&D strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA.  Recent studies that Jonathan has led include: an assessment of the impact case studies from the UK Research Excellence Framework; a project estimating the economic returns from cancer-related research in the UK; and a study looking at the economic spillovers from public funded biomedical and health research.
Jonathan co-founded the International School on Research Impact Assessment, is an advisor to Giving Evidence, an organisation that aims to ensure charitable giving is based on sound evidence, and a Trustee and Chair of the Grants Committee for Fight for Sight, a UK-based medical research charity that dedicated to pioneering eye research. In 2013, he co-authored a book, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, on the global threat of antimicrobial resistance. The book, written in collaboration with the Chief Medical Office of England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and an expert in infectious diseases, Prof Mike Catchpole, was serialized by The Sunday Times and featured in the New Statesman and The Scotsman.
Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, where he oversaw the doubling of RAND Europe’s activity in Europe, the founding of a vibrant and successful office in Brussels, and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining RAND in 2002, Jonathan was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.  Jonathan received his Ph.D from the Faculty of Medicine, University of London and his B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics.

23 June 2017

First announcement: OMIG Scientific Meeting 2018 - Gregynog Hall

OMIG is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 2018 Scientific Meeting at Gregynog Hall, Wales from 28th February to 2nd March. This is a general (residential) meeting, and presentations will be invited from postgraduate research students and staff in all areas of oral microbiology and immunology. Further details and a call for abstracts will be announced later in the year. The meeting format will be the same as those held at Gregynog Hall in 2014 and 2016.

21 June 2017

The  scientific programme for the BSODR 2017 annual meeting, which will be held in Plymouth from 6th-8th September, is now available at:

This web page can be accessed directly by clicking on the link shown below. Please note that this programme gives event names and timings only - a more detailed programme will be available in due course.

21 June 2017   Scientific programme

Abstract submission outcome notification - BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting

For those of you that submitted an abstract for the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting in Plymouth, the notification of outcome email was recently sent out. If you have not received the email then you should check your spam folder or abstract status on the submission site.

20 June 2017

Postdoc positions available at University College London (UCL)

Two 4-year postdoc positions are available in the field of host/pathogen interactions in chronic urinary tract infection. Both posts are now being advertised and the closing date is 2 July. Below please find more information – I’d be grateful if you could disseminate these through your networks. The first post is geared more toward novel therapies and translational research, while the second is a more basic science-oriented cell biology project (see the links for more information and how to apply). Any experience in host/pathogen interactions in another system would be a plus.
Research Associate in Novel Therapeutic Delivery Systems 1649602:
Research Associate in Host-Pathogen Interactions 1649603:
The successful candidate would be joining a research team headed by Dr Jennifer Rohn, Principal Research Associate and head of the Chronic Urinary Tract Infection group within UCL’s Centre for Nephrology (, conducting exciting projects on new treatments for chronic and recurrent UTI. The lab works at the multidisciplinary interface between basic cell biology, clinical research, biotechnology and engineering to develop better treatments and diagnostics for this serious global health problem, with a strong “bedside to bench and bench back to bedside” ethos. Current lab interests focus on bacterial invasion and reservoirs, biofilms, antibiotic resistance, human tissue organoid models, innate immunity, and novel nano- and micro-capsule-based local treatment strategies – one of which has attracted Series A industrial funding towards pre-clinical and clinical trials.

16 June 2017

Plymouth University have collaborated with Great Western Railways (GWR) to offer delegates attending the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting discounted return train fares to Plymouth. These reduced rates can save up to 60% on the cost of travel within the GWR network only. Full details and examples of savings can be found in the attached document.
Please note that although this document refers to this arrangement for another conference in Plymouth, it is also in place and valid for the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting.
Reduced cost train tickets can be booked at the following website:

BSODR 2017 annual meeting - highlights

The  highlights for the BSODR 2017 annual meeting, which will be held in Plymouth from 6th-8th September, are shown below. The details will be continually updated, so please keep checking back for the latest information.

  • Graham Embery Lecture: Prof Mike Lewis, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University: title tbc
  • Keynote Lecture: Prof Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute, King’s College London: Assessing the impact of biomedical and health research
  • TC White Lecture: speaker and title tbc
  • BDA: Peter Dyer, President of BDA: Challenges facing the future of dentistry
  • Launch of the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships:
  • Symposia:             

          - OMIG: Life at the host-pathogen interface

          - MINTIG: Application of approaches for imaging and their translation in (craniofacial) hard tissue structures

          - Methods symposium: (sponsored by NIHR Clinical Research Network)

  • Oral sessions
  • Poster sessions
  • Senior and Junior Colgate Prize sessions
  • Unilever Poster Prize session

Social (free unless stated otherwise)
Early Career Researcher Breakfast – this breakfast session is aimed at ECRs who are members of BSODR. The session aims to provide a relaxed atmosphere for ECRs to network and a chance to learn more about BSODR and the benefits it can bring for career progression.
Welcome Reception – National Marine Aquarium:
The National Marine Aquarium is built on reclaimed land in Plymouth, adjacent to Sutton Harbour, next to the Barbican area and famous fish market. It was opened in 1998, and has important objectives in marine research, education and conservation. It is the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom. The theme of the evening is a ‘Taste of the West’ and entertainment will be provided by the Exmouth Shanty Men (the original buoy band).
Conference Dinner (£65) – Stonehouse Barracks
Stonehouse Barracks is a military installation at Stonehouse, Plymouth, set in historically magnificent buildings. It is the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade and referred to as 'the spiritual home of the Royal Marines’.
There will also be a full trade exhibition at the meeting. The BSODR Annual Business meeting will take place at 5.00pm on Thursday 7th September.
Please keep up to date with meeting details and further announcements at:

14 June 2017

Applications are invited for the Oral and Dental Research Trust / GlaxoSmithKline Research Awards Programme 2017.

These awards are to support research into the fundamental mechanisms, prevention and management of plaque-related oral disease or tooth wear.

There is a maxiumum of £6,500 per award. The closing date for applications is 7th July 2017. Full details of how to apply can be found in the attached document.

The abstract submission deadline for the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting in Plymouth has been extended to Friday 2nd June. All other deadlines remain unchanged. Full details on how to submit an abstract can be found in the attached document and on the main meeting website:

26 May 2017   How to submit an abstract

Registration and abstract submission for the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting in Plymouth (6th to 8th September) is now open.


  • Register for the meeting at:

  • Early bird registration (to obtain reduced rates) is available until 25th June 2017; the cost of registration after this date increases to the normal rate.


  • Details on how to submit an abstract can be found in the attached document. All abstract submitters will need to log in through the Members Only section of the IADR website at: (click on closed padlock icon, login, click on unlocked padlock icon, click on Manage Account, abstract submission link can be found under Division/Section Meetings - Abstract Submission).
  • If you are not an IADR/BSODR member, you will need to create an account in order to submit an abstract. NOTE: Creating an account for abstract submission does not equate to becoming a member or renewing membership to the IADR/BSODR. This is a separate action. 
  • Abstract submission closes on 2nd June 2017 and authors will be notified from 21st June 2017.

Further information on the meeting (which will be continually updated), including links to the meeting registration and abstract submission pages, can be found at:

25 April 2017   How to submit an abstract

BSODR is very sad to announce the death of Professor Crispian Scully, who was a massive contributor to UK dentistry. An obituary can be found below.

21 March 2017   Obituary

This is a final reminder regarding the impending deadline for registration for the Early Career Researchers workshop, which will be held on Tuesday 11th April at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London. The purpose of the workshop is to provide advice and guidance to junior researchers (clinical and non-clinical) across a wide range of academic areas, but all BSODR members are welcome to attend.

Registration is free and open to IADR/BSODR members only. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you wish to attend the meeting and are currently not an IADR/BSODR member, details on how to join the society can be found at:

The programme and registration form can be accessed below. The deadline for registration is 5.00pm on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

BSODR thanks the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for its generous sponsorship of the meeting.