British Society for Oral and Dental Research Conference 2017

18 September 2017

Professor Mike Lewis standing in front of screen, giving lecture
Professor Mike Lewis, delivering the Graham Embery lecture.

Our School of Dentistry academics and students have been busy at the annual British Society for Oral and Dental Research Conference 2017 (BSODR), this year hosted by Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry.

The event saw over 200 dental researchers come together for two days of lectures, oral and poster presentations sessions, symposia and special interest scientific group meetings highlighting the innovative and groundbreaking research in this field.

Researchers in the School of Dentistry took part in a number of presentations throughout the event. Amongst this year’s presentations was a commendation for PhD student Josh Twigg in the Unilever Poster prize and PhD student Daniel Morse won the Senior Colgate prize for his presentation ‘Contribution of oral bacteria to Candida virulence and denture stomatitis’. These successes acknowledge the prominent research the School is involved with and illustrates the great support network research students receive at Cardiff University School of Dentistry.

David Morse and Joshua Twigg holding their certificates and smiling
PhD student Joshua Twigg, winner of the Unilever Poster prize and PhD student Daniel Morse, winner of the Senior Colgate prize.

Professor Mike Lewis, Professor of Oral Medicine at the School of Dentistry and immediate past president of the BSODR, delivered the keynote Graham Embery memorial lecture. His lecture entitled ‘My war against the oral microbiome’ – described his clinical and laboratory based research targeted against bacterial, viral and candidal infections of the orofacial tissues over a period of 35 years’.

Professor Alastair Sloan, Head of School, commented; “I was pleased to see many colleagues at the BSODR meeting and the quality of our research was noted by many people at the meeting.

I was delighted for Daniel Morse who was awarded the Senior Colgate Prize for his research presentation. This is a fantastic achievement, which is very well deserved. Congratulations must also go to Joshua Twigg for his Highly Commended in the Unilever Poster Prize. The success of these two excellent PhD students brings great credit to their supervisor, research group, and the School and we are very proud of their achievements.”

The quality of our research was noted by many people at the meeting.

Professor Alastair J Sloan, Head of School

Dr Anwen Cope, a qualified dentist and Specialty Trainee in Dental Public Health at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in Wales gave the TC White lecture – ‘Understanding antibiotic prescribing in primary dental care in the UK’ a topic which has gained prominence in recent years after official figures showed that dentists in England and Wales prescribe around 3.8 million courses of antibiotics per year’.

Dr Cope added; “It was a great honour to be selected by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to deliver the TC White Lecture at the BSODR Annual Meeting. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to present our work on antibiotic prescribing in dentistry at such a diverse and vibrant meeting.”

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to present our work on antibiotic prescribing in dentistry at such a diverse and vibrant meeting.

Dr Anwen Cope, Specialty Trainee in Dental Public Health at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in Wales