BSDR (now known as BSODR) Conference, Glasgow 1-4 September 2009

Dr Marcello Riggio, his local organising team and BSDR President Professor Mike Curtis welcomed approximately 340 delegates to Glasgow for the 2009 BSDR conference, which was held at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The Keynote Lecture entitled “Immune complexity to novel therapy – promises for a new decade?” was delivered by Professor Iain McInnes (University of Glasgow) and the Graham Embery Lecture was presented by Professor Angus Walls (Newcastle University) and asked the question “The ageing population, opportunity or threat?” Mr Ektor Grammatopoulos (Birmingham Dental Hospital) delivered the T C White Prize lecture entitled “A study of the effects of playing a wind instrument on the occlusion.

There were symposia from four BSDR groups: “Childsmile – a Scottish oral health programme for Scottish children: collaborations and innovative evaluations” (Behavioural Sciences & Health Services Research Group); “Non-shrink resin composites: a dream or reality?” (Dental Materials Group); ‘Novel biomaterials – can the microenvironment be improved?’ (Mineralised Tissue Group); “The oral microbiota and the link with systemic disease” (Oral Microbiology & Immunology Group).

There was a very strong field for the BSDR prizes, which were awarded as follows:

Senior Colgate Prize – Winner: David Conway, “Socioeconomic risk factors associated with upper aerodigestive tract cancer” – University of Glasgow.

Junior Colgate Prize – Winner: Rhiannon Davies, “Do patients with aggressive periodontitis have subclinical diabetes?” – Newcastle University.
Commended: Jeetender Chatha “Comparative study of fluoride ion release from direct restorative materials” - University of Sheffield.

Unilever Poster Prize – Winner: W. El-Sayad, “A novel genetic locus for autosomal recessive amelogenesis imperfecta”– University of Leeds.
Commended: Sumita Roy (University of Sheffield), David Ngeow (University of Sheffield), Katie Bowler (University of Sheffield), Helen Rogers (University of Cardiff). 

GSK-Mineralised Tissue Research Group Prize – Winner: R. O. El-Gendy, “Dental pulp cells versus bone marrow cells for bone regeneration.” – University of Leeds.

VOCO Prize for Dental Biomaterials Research – Winner: Kush Ghadia, “Strain-rate dependence of ceramic reinforcement conferred by resin-cementation.” – University of Birmingham.

A comprehensive trade exhibition was held during the conference with 19 companies from most areas within dentistry attending.

The conference boasted a strong social programme that gave ample opportunity for delegates to interact with their peers and colleagues at the Welcome Reception at Glasgow Caledonian University, the Civic reception hosted by the Lord provost of Glasgow in the splendid surroundings of Glasgow City Chambers, a whisky / wine appreciation and buffet in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Conference Dinner (followed by a traditional Scottish ceilidh) in the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland’s most visited attraction.