News for January 2019

NIHR Oral and Dental Health Resource Mapping Questionnaire

In 2017 the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Oral and Dental Health Specialty Group in collaboration with the Dental Schools Council and Public Health England, launched an initiative to identify unanswered questions relating to oral and dental health research from a patient, public and clinical perspective. Following a workshop held on the 12th December 2018, the Top 10 research priorities for Oral and Dental Research were announced. These priorities are now becoming the focus for funding agencies and researchers.

If we are to answer these questions, we will need to have a network of dental professionals to carry out the research.  Within the NHS, high quality research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research which provides the infrastructure enabling research to take place.   A dedicated NIHR Oral and Dental Specialty group ensures this support is relevant to dentistry.

The NIHR CRN Oral and Dental Specialty Group is conducting a survey to: 

1. Identify Dentists and Dental Care Professionals interested in taking part in research.
2. Describe their practice characteristics and readiness to take part.

This initiative has been strongly endorsed by the Faculty of General Dental Practice, the Chief Dental Officers of the four UK home nations, the Dental Schools Council and the British Society for Oral and Dental Research.  

Please complete this short survey to help us understand the workforce currently available to develop and deliver oral and dental health research and how we can strengthen this.  Even if you are not interested in taking part in research, please just answer the first three questions so that we can gain a sense of the proportion of colleagues who are interested. 

If you have any questions about the survey or have problems accessing the link to the form please contact Shamaila Anwar (NHR Specialty Cluster Manager for Oral and Dental Health) at   The survey will close on the 28th Feb 2019.  

23 January 2019

Applications are now invited for the Oral and Dental Research Trust Oral Health Innovations (PreViser) Research Grants 2018-19. 

The closing date for applications is 2nd March 2019.

Guidelines on how to apply can be found below.

8 January 2019   How to apply

Important dates: BSODR 2019 Annual Meeting

Please note the following important dates with regard to the BSODR 2019 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Leeds from 3rd to 5th September: 

  • Call for abstracts and meeting registration opens: Monday 18th March 2019
  • Call for abstracts closes: Friday 17th May
  • Author notification: from Monday 17th June
  • Early Bird registration closes: Monday 1st July

Further details will be published on the BSODR website in due course. 

8 January 2019

The registration form for the OMIG PGR Prize Symposium 2019 is attached. Registration deadline is Monday 1st February 2019.

7 January 2019   Registration form

OMIG will holding its 2019 PGR Prize Symposium on Thursday 21st February 2019 (12.00 to 5.00pm) at the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University. 

Details on how to submit an abstract are attached – the closing date for receipt of abstracts is Monday 14th January 2019. Please encourage your research students to submit an abstract for the symposium.

A general registration form for the meeting has already been sent to OMIG members and is also attached under the separate news item - deadline for registration is Friday 1st February 2019.

OMIG hopes that you will be able to attend the meeting in order to support our student members.

7 January 2019   Abstract submission details