News for October 2013

Death of Ron Wilson

BSODR are sorry to announce the very sad news of the death of Ron Wilson after battling with cancer over the past year. Ron was a previous long standing treasurer and supporter of BSODR. Ron, as many of our members will recall, was treasurer for the BSODR for many years and with his careful management contributed significantly to our current financial state. Ron worked tirelessly with many academics at Guy's, mentoring and encouraging them in their careers. He was unique in his ability to understand a myriad of projects at Masters, PhD or PostDoc and always improve the quality of the science. A much missed friend.

Ron's funeral will be held on Friday 18th October at the East Chapel, Putney Vale Cemetery, London at 14.10. Put this into google maps: Putney Vale Cemetery (Stop PT), London Borough of Wandsworth. It is 9 minutes on the 85 bus from Putney station (trains from Waterloo), stop E, heading towards Kingston.

There will be a get-together at the Heeltap "postgraduate centre", close to the George Inn, later in the afternoon.

A memorial fund has been set up in memory of Ron, which will help the hospice where he was recently staying. Any of you who have visited there will realise that it is an amazing place where the care and support delivered is second to none. Ron's memorial fund is called Ron Wilson's Magnolia Fund. There will be some donation envelopes available at the funeral service but if you are unable to attend and would like to contribute, please do so as follows:

By cheque, made payable to Trinity Hospice and marked on the back with Ron Wilson's Magnolia Fund. Posted to Trinity Hospice fundraising department, Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0RN. 
Online at then enter the name of the fund. 

17 October 2013

UPDATE: OMIG scientific meeting, Gregynog Hall, 12-14 March 2014

OMIG is pleased to announce its next scientific meeting, which will be held at Gregynog Hall in Wales from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th March 2014.

This is the third OMIG scientific meeting to be held at Gregynog Hall, following on from successful meetings in 2008 and 2010. This is a residential meeting, with all meals and two nights accommodation provided within the registration cost, which will be approximately £300. Meals that will be provided are as follows:

Wednesday 12th: dinner.

Thursday 13th: breakfast, lunch, conference dinner.

Friday 14th: breakfast, lunch.

There will be scientific (oral) sessions on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th (a.m.), including a session for postgraduate research students. There is no specific theme to the meeting, so abstracts are invited from all areas of oral microbiology and immunology.

A call for abstracts will be made soon and  further details regarding abstract submission, meeting timetable and registration will be posted on the OMIG website as they become available.

Meanwhile, I hope that you will be able to attend this meeting, either as a delegate or presenter. Please make any potentially interested colleagues aware of the meeting.

OMIG looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Wales in March 2014, for what promises to be a very exciting and stimulating meeting.

17 October 2013