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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: http://www.bsodr.org.uk/meetings/plymouth-2017/index.html

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: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BBZ385/research-associate-in-novel-therapeutic-delivery-systems/
 
Research Associate in Host-Pathogen Interactions 1649603: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BBZ305/research-associate-in-host-pathogen-interactions/
 
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 (j.rohn@ucl.ac.uk), 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:
https://www.gwr.com/book-and-plan/tickets-railcards-and-season-tickets/business-travel/conferences-and-accommodation
 

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.
 
Scientific

  • 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: http://www.jla.nihr.ac.uk/about-the-james-lind-alliance/about-psps.htm
  • 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: http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/
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
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-organisation/where-we-are/marines-base/stonehouse
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:
https://www.bsodr.org.uk/meetings/plymouth-2017/index.html
 

14 June 2017

Applications are invited for the Oral and Dental Research Trust / GlaxoSmithKline Research Awards Programme 2017.

These awards are to support research into the fundamental mechanisms, prevention and management of plaque-related oral disease or tooth wear.

There is a maxiumum of £6,500 per award. The closing date for applications is 7th July 2017. Full details of how to apply can be found in the attached document.

The abstract submission deadline for the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting in Plymouth has been extended to Friday 2nd June. All other deadlines remain unchanged. Full details on how to submit an abstract can be found in the attached document and on the main meeting website: 

https://www.bsodr.org.uk/meetings/plymouth-2017/index.html

26 May 2017   How to submit an abstract

Registration and abstract submission for the BSODR 2017 Annual Meeting in Plymouth (6th to 8th September) is now open.

REGISTRATION

  • Register for the meeting at: 

http://estore.plymouth.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/events-including-courses/plymouth-university/british-society-for-oral-and-dental-research-conference-2017

  • Early bird registration (to obtain reduced rates) is available until 25th June 2017; the cost of registration after this date increases to the normal rate.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

  • Details on how to submit an abstract can be found in the attached document. All abstract submitters will need to log in through the Members Only section of the IADR website at: www.iadr.org (click on closed padlock icon, login, click on unlocked padlock icon, click on Manage Account, abstract submission link can be found under Division/Section Meetings - Abstract Submission).
  • If you are not an IADR/BSODR member, you will need to create an account in order to submit an abstract. NOTE: Creating an account for abstract submission does not equate to becoming a member or renewing membership to the IADR/BSODR. This is a separate action. 
  • Abstract submission closes on 2nd June 2017 and authors will be notified from 21st June 2017.

Further information on the meeting (which will be continually updated), including links to the meeting registration and abstract submission pages, can be found at: https://www.bsodr.org.uk/meetings/plymouth-2017/index.html

25 April 2017   How to submit an abstract

BSODR is very sad to announce the death of Professor Crispian Scully, who was a massive contributor to UK dentistry. An obituary can be found below.

21 March 2017   Obituary

This is a final reminder regarding the impending deadline for registration for the Early Career Researchers workshop, which will be held on Tuesday 11th April at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London. The purpose of the workshop is to provide advice and guidance to junior researchers (clinical and non-clinical) across a wide range of academic areas, but all BSODR members are welcome to attend.

Registration is free and open to IADR/BSODR members only. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you wish to attend the meeting and are currently not an IADR/BSODR member, details on how to join the society can be found at: https://www.bsodr.org.uk/join-the-BSODR.html

The programme and registration form can be accessed below. The deadline for registration is 5.00pm on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

BSODR thanks the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for its generous sponsorship of the meeting.

Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) 2017 conference - call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open for the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) 2017 conference, which is being held in Vilnius, Lithuania:

https://www.adee.org/news/adee-2017-vilnius-call-for-abstracts

10 March 2017

Registration and abstract submission for the BSODR 2017 annual meeting is scheduled to open on 17th March - click link below for details.

Please stay up to date with preparations for the conference at: http://bsodr.org.uk/meetings/index.html

17 February 2017   BSODR 2017 annual meeting details

BSODR appoints next Honorary Editor

Following the recent call for nominations, BSODR is pleased to announce that Dr Vehid Salih (Plymouth University) has been appointed as the next Honorary Editor of the society. He will take up his new role immediately after the 2017 BSODR annual conference (6th-8th September), replacing the current incumbent (Prof Peter Robinson) who will take up the role of President of the society at that time.

10 February 2017

BSODR is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Early Career Researchers workshop, which will be held on Tuesday 11th April at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide advice and guidance to junior researchers (clinical and non-clinical) across a wide range of academic areas, but all BSODR members are welcome to attend.

Registration is free and open to IADR/BSODR members only. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you wish to attend the meeting and are currently not an IADR/BSODR member, details on how to join the society can be found at: https://www.bsodr.org.uk/join-the-BSODR.html

The programme and registration form can be accessed below. The deadline for registration is 5.00pm on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

BSODR thanks the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for its generous sponsorship of the meeting.

23 January 2017   Programme and registration form

New Dean of Dentistry appointed at School of Dentistry, Cardiff University

BSODR congratulates its current Honorary Assistant Treasurer, Professor Alastair Sloan, on his appointment as the next Dean of Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, Cardiff University. He will take up the post on 1st August 2017, succeeding Professor Mike Lewis (BSODR Immediate Past President) as Dean: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/544304-new-dean-of-dentistry

23 January 2017

BSODR is pleased to announce that it is organising an Early Career Researchers workshop, which will held on Tuesday 11th April at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide advice and guidance to junior researchers (clinical and non-clinical) across a wide range of academic areas. 

Registration is free and open to IADR/BSODR members only, and will open in early January. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Further details will be sent and posted on the BSODR website in due course.

The draft programme can be accessed below.

22 December 2016   Programme - ECR workshop

The Oral and Dental Research Trust is welcoming applications for the Oral Health Innovations Research Grants 2016-17. Four grants of up to £5,000 each are available to dental professionals and scientists. Applications should be submitted by 28th February 2017 to Mrs Pam Howson (Administrative Officer, ODRT) at: howsoncrew@aol.com

19 December 2016   Click here for details

This year, the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons has formed partnerships with the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD), the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) and the British Society of Periodontology (BSP) and will be offering a number of research fellowships and small grants under the theme of 'Promoting Children's Oral Health':

  • A Joint FDS RCSEng-BOS for up to two fellowships which will normally be awarded for up to 3 years and is intended to support a clinical trainee in orthodontics to undertake a PhD.
  • Joint FDS RCSEng-BSPD  small grants for up to £10,000 and are intended to support research into the oral health of children in the broadest sense.
  • Joint FDS RCSEng-BASCD small grants for up to £10,000 and are intended to support research designed to benefit community or population oral health.
  • Joint FDS RCSEng-BSP small grants for up to £10,000 and are intended to support research into periodontal disease in the broadest sense. 

In addition to this, the Faculty will continue to invite applications for the FDS Research Fellowships, the FDS Small Grants and the Special 2017 FDS RCSEng 70th Anniversary Research Fellowship:

  • 2017 is the 70th anniversary year of the Faculty of Dental Surgery. The theme of our anniversary celebrations will be innovations and the future of dentistry. This one-year fellowship will therefore be awarded for a research project that will support the development, implementation or evaluation of new innovations or emerging technologies applied to any aspect of dentistry.
  • Research fellowships of up to two years duration to support clinical trainees to obtain research training. The proposed research should be of relevance to oral and dental research.
  • Up to five small research grants up to the value of £10,000 each per year. These small grants are designed to meet research consumables costs for new or existing projects.

Applications are now open and will close on 27 January 2017 at 5pm.

If you have any queries please contact Nikki Walcott: nwalcott@rcseng.ac.uk

Further details at: https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/dental-faculties/fds/research/