Mineralised Tissue Research Group - MINTIG

The remit of the Mineralised Tissue Researcg Group is to provide a forum research discussion and collaborations in all areas relating to mineralised tissues. This includes research relating to:-

  • Structure and biology of bone, dentine and enamel
  • Stem cell biology
  • Embryological development of teeth and bones
  • Application of basic science to clinical strategies and therapies for mineralised tissue regeneration, prevention of demineralisation and remineralisation
  • Abnormalities of mineralised tissue development
  • Pathological degradation of mineralised tissues

SYMPOSIA

MINTIG regularly organises symposia at both meetings of the BSODR and the Pan European Region of the IADR which are of interest to our members. Symposia aim to be interdisciplinary and translational in format, of interest to both basic science and clinical researchers. Symposia may be with partner research groups within the BSODR to stimulate new research initiatives. We also meet as a research group for a lunch and a business meeting at every BSODR. At this meeting your ideas for the development of MINTIG are welcome also. New members are welcome. Membership to the British Mineralised Tissue Group is free.

GSK – MINTIG Award

Each BSODR and PER meeting MINTIG award a prize to early stage researchers for the best research oral presentation. Sponsored by GSK, the £1,500 cash prize allows young researchers to visit another research laboratory in a different country, to expand their research experiences and collaborations. Past winners of this award are listed on the BSODR website under Awards and Prizes. Details of how to enter the prize are published with the respective meeting details.

MINTIG IN EUROPE

MINTIG operates under the authority and regulations of the BSODR. Our current initiative is to expand the Mineralised Tissue Group within Europe, promoting research integration with allied research groups within the central European, Scandinavian, Irish, Isreali and Russian divisions within the PER. MINTIG has already organised two Pan European symposia at the PER to provide a forum to promote European mineralised tissue research.

Acknowledgements

MINTIG is grateful for the generous financial sponsorship by GSK in supporting our research awards and research symposia.

Current Officers

Chairperson
Professor Rachel Waddington (Cardiff University)
Secretary and Treasurer
Dr Paul Anderson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Councillors
Prof Richard Lynch (GlaxoSmithKline)
Dr Paul Cooper (Birmingham)
Dr Ben Scheven (Birmingham)
Dr Jelena Kosoric (QMUL)

Future Events

As part of the BSODR meeting in Bath on the 9th September:

Joint MINTIG - Oral Biology Symposia
The Enamel-Saliva Interface - The Role of Salivary Peptides in Protecting Enamel

Aim: Dental hard tissue diseases remain a significant problem. There is increasing awareness of the role of the components of saliva, particularly proteins, in protecting enamel surfaces from carious and erosive challenges. This symposium seeks to address the roles of salivary protein, and how these functions can be emulated in the development of novel therapeutic treatments.

Speakers:

Prof Gordon Proctor (King's College London Dental Institute): Changes in salivary proteins associated with dental erosion

Dr Paul Anderson (QMUL) Salivary protein protection of enamel surfaces

Dr Michele Barbour (Bristol) Novel nanofunctional glass ionomer cements and their interaction with artificial saliva

Dr Gary Burnett (GSK) Factors influencing the physical properties of salivary pellicles

The session will be chaired by Prof Gordon Proctor (KCl) and Prof Rachel Waddington (Cardiff)