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Preparations are well underway for the 2019 BSODR Annual Meeting, which will take place in Leeds from 3rd to 5th September 2019.

Details can be found at:

Further information will be added to the website when available.

Initial details can be found in the attached PDF (click link below).

President Elect of BSODR

Dr Marcello Riggio has been elected to the post of BSODR President Elect. He will take up the role of President of BSODR in September 2019 at the BSODR Annual Meeting in Leeds. Meantime, he will continue in his current role of Honorary Secretary of BSODR.

10 July 2018

BSODR is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 Early Career Researchers workshop, which will be held on Wednesday 28th March (10.00 - 16.30) at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School.

The workshop is entitled "How to obtain research grant funding" and will consider various aspects and perspectives of the process of writing research grants and obtaining funding.

The purpose of our ECR workshop series 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 Wednesday 14th March 2018.

2 February 2018   Programme and registration form

Applications are now invited for the Oral and Dental Research Trust Oral Health Innovations (PreViser) Research Grants 2017-18. 

The closing date for applications is 2nd March 2018.

Guidelines on how to apply can be found below.

24 January 2018   How to apply

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: OMIG Research Meeting 2018 - Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Wales

The abstract submission deadline for the OMIG Research Meeting 2018 at Gregynog Hall has now been extended to Thursday 18th January 2018

The meeting registration deadline remains unchanged (Friday 9th February 2018).

12 January 2018

Student bursaries to attend IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition, London, UK, 25-28 July 2018

BSODR would be delighted to now receive applications from student members for bursaries to attend the IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition in London, UK, 25-28 July 2018. It is our policy to accept applications only from students who meet all of the following criteria:  

  • they must be BSODR student members of IADR 
  • are presenting their accepted abstract at the meeting (oral or poster)
  • are studying in a British institution 
  • have not received funding from an alternative source to attend 

It is important to note that the final bursary amount will not be known until after all applications have been received, although the amount should not be less than £200. The bursaries will be paid out after confirmed attendance and presentation at the meeting.

Applicants are asked to email with their IADR membership number and the name of their sponsor (normally their postgraduate supervisor). Please also copy your supervisor into the email sent to Linda Gane. The email should also contain the title of your accepted abstract. 

If possible, please include the address you would like the bursary cheque sent to, once the amount has been agreed.

The closing date to receive applications is 1st May 2018, which is the presenter pre-registration deadline for the meeting.

11 January 2018

BSODR is sad to announce the passing of Professor Martin Hobdell, world-renowned expert in oral epidemiology, health inequity and health service delivery and a long-time member of IADR.

An obituary published by the American Dental Association can be accessed below.

29 December 2017   Obituary

BSODR Early Career Researcher Workshop 2018 - 28th March, Dental School, University of Glasgow

BSODR is pleased to announce that it is hosting another Early Career Researchers workshop, which will held on Wednesday 28th March (10.00am - 4.00pm) at the Dental School, University of Glasgow.

The workshop is entitled "How to obtain research grant funding" and will consider various aspects and perspectives of the process of writing research grants and obtaining funding.

The purpose of our ECR workshop series is to provide advice and guidance to junior researchers (clinical and non-clinical) across a wide range of academic areas. 

Registration is free and open to IADR/BSODR members only, and will open in January. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Further details (including a draft programme) will be sent and posted on the BSODR website in due course.

22 December 2017

Recipient of the 2018 IADR Norton Ross Fellowship for the British Division

Congratulations to Joshua Twigg (School of Dentistry, Cardiff University) on becoming the recipient of the 2018 IADR Norton Ross Fellowship for the British Division. Well done!

22 December 2017

BSODR prize competitions 2018

BSODR will hold annual prize competitions during the next IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition, which takes place in London, UK from 25th to 28th July 2018. BSODR will host the following prizes with eligibility for undergraduate and postgraduate students and early career researchers:

  • Senior Colgate prize       
  • Junior Colgate Undergraduate prize
  • Unilever Poster prize 
  • GSK-Mineralised Tissue Group (MINTIG) Travel award
  • Voco Prize for Dental Biomaterials Research     
  • Oral Medicine and Pathology (OMP) group prize

Enter on-line during abstract submission. Please check the eligibility criteria at and remember that you may enter for one prize only.

Those entering the Colgate prizes should also indicate their willingness to also be considered as the BSODR entrant for the IADR Hatton Prize in 2019. Please note that due to the high popularity of the Senior Colgate prize, entries will be triaged and judged on your abstract and a 1,500-word manuscript also to be submitted as part of this prize entry (approximately 4 weeks after abstract submission). 

For further information, email Prof Rachel Waddington, Chair of the BSODR Awards Committee (


15 December 2017

This year, the Faculty has formed partnerships with the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD), the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABAOMS) and the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM) and will be offering a number of research fellowships and pump-priming grants:

  • A Joint FDS RCSEng-BSPD fellowship should related to research promoting children’s oral health and will support a clinical trainee in Paediatric Dentistry who is pursuing an academic career and research training.
  • Joint FDS RCSEng-ABAOMS pump-priming grants for up to £10,000 and are intended to support research in Oral Surgery and OMFS.  This grant is for researchers and clinicians who are not yet established and have not completed either a PhD and/or clinical training.
  • Joint FDS RCSEng -BSOM pump-priming grants for up to £10,000 and are intended to support research designed to benefit community or population oral health, and should be related to the field of Oral Medicine.

In addition to this, the Faculty will continue to invite applications for the FDS Research Fellowships and the FDS Pump-Priming Grants:

  • Research fellowships of up to two years duration to support clinical trainees to obtain research training. The proposed research should be of relevance to oral and dental research.
  • Up to five pump-priming research grants up to the value of £10,000 each per year. These grants are designed to meet research consumables costs for new or existing projects.

Applications are now open and will close on 16th February 2018 at 5pm.  I would be very grateful if you could please disseminate this information and the attached poster to any parties that may find this of interest.

If you have any queries please contact Nikki Walcott:

14 December 2017   2018 FDS Research Poster

Registration and abstract submission for the OMIG Research Meeting 2018 (Wednesday 28th February to Friday 2nd March) 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