News for June 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