September 13-15 2011

Professor Ian Douglas, his local organising team and President Professor Paul Speight welcomed over 300 delegates to The Edge conference centre at the University of Sheffield for the 2011 meeting of the BSODR.

Guest lectures included forward looking and technological updates from Professor Noel Sharkey who delivered a lecture entitled ‘A robot in your mouth’ and Professor Ric Van Noort who delivered the Graham Embery lecture on the ‘Digital dental revolution’. Dr Shauna Culshaw gave the TC White lecture asking the question ‘Should cytokines be targeted in periodontal disease treatment’? There were symposia from the Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry, Periodontology Research, Behavioural Science, Oral Microbiology and Immunology and Mineralised Tissues groups.

There was once again a very strong field for the BSODR prizes which were awarded to: 

Senior Colgate Prize – Winner: Mark Payne “Role of the commensal microbiota in Porphyromonas gingivalis-induced periodontitis” – Queen Mary, University of London. 

Junior Colgate Prize – Winner: Dominic Smith “ArRESTing oral cancer progression” – University of Sheffield. Commended: Tom Evans for “Using zebrafish to study Candida albicans-mediated systemic candidiasis in vivo.” – University of Sheffield. 

BSODR Unilever Poster Prize – Winner: Ernest Azzopardi “Polymer therapeutics for safe, effective antibiotic targeting: a novel strategy” – Cardiff Dental School. 

Johnson & Johnson Clinical Research Prize – Winner: Ryan Olley “An in-situ study investigating dentine tubule occlusion” – King’s College London.

GSK-Mineralised Tissue Research Group Prize – Winners: Samera Siddiqui  “2D mapping of dental enamel affected by caries.” – Queen Mary, University of London and Lisa Simmons for “Texture mapping the spatial and temporal progression of enamel biomineralisation”  – Queen Mary, University of London. 

Voco Prize for Dental Biomaterials Research – Winner: Emma Louise McGinley “Influence of S. mutans on biocompatibility of non-precious dental casting alloys” – Dublin Dental University Hospital.

With a hearty start to proceeding at the pie and mash welcome reception and the impressive surroundings of the Cutler’s Hall for the conference dinner it was felt that all had an enjoyable and rewarding conference.