BASCD Summer Scientific Meeting 2023

16 Jun 2023
L-R: Mr Albert Yeung BASCD Immediate Past-President, Professor Máiréad Harding BASCD President, Mr Colm Burke TD and Professor Paul Brady, Dean of Cork University Dental School and Hospital.

‘Rethinking Policy, Protection and Prevention.’

UCC hosted the 50th Anniversary BASCD (British Association of Community Dentistry) Annual Scientific Conference on 15th and 16th June.

Speakers from across Ireland, the UK and Europe, contributed to the conference theme ‘Rethinking Policy, Protection and Prevention.’

Mr Colm Burke TD opened the conference commenting that ‘the scientific programme was comprehensive and far-reaching, important at a time of globalisation, climate change and workforce challenges’.

Prof Paul Brady, Dean of Cork University Dental School and Hospital in his welcoming address considered the many advances such as artificial intelligence which has the potential to be a game changer in Dentistry and the emerging needs in dentistry that come with new technologies and an ageing population.

Prof Helen Whelton (Head of College of Medicine and Health), Dr Zubair Kabir (Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health) and Dr Una McAuliffe (SPHeRE Scholar, School of Public Health, UCC) made a significant contribution to the Scientific Programme. 

Dr Patrice James (The Oral Health Research Centre and Cork University Dental School and Hospital, UCC) was announced as the winner of the Roger Anderson poster award.

Outgoing President Albert Yeung Consultant in Dental Public Health, Scotland handed over the BASCD presidency to Professor Máiréad Harding (Oral Health Research Centre and Cork University Dental School and Hospital). 

BASCD has a long association with Ireland and UCC, Emeritus Professor Denis O’Mullane was a founding member of BASCD in 1973 when a lecturer in Manchester University. Prof O’Mullane hosted the Annual Scientific Conference in UCC in 2000.

Against this history it was fitting to award Honorary Membership to Prof O’Mullane, who in his acceptance reminded all present of the importance of working towards implementation of the National Oral Health Policy ‘Smile agus Sláinte’ and to seize the opportunities that will arise.

Delegates were truly impressed with the UCC campus and the Aula Maxima was a superb setting for an evening of entertainment. Dr Charlotte Jeavons, Head of School of Human Sciences, University of Greenwich was installed as President-Elect and will host the annual scientific conference in Greenwich, England next year.

Sincere thanks to our Organising Committee who did stellar work in organising the 50th Anniversary BASCD Annual Scientific Conference.

L-R: Dr Aisling O'Sullivan, Dr Úna Mc Auliffe, Dr Patrick Quinn, Prof Paul Brady, Dr Shane O'Dowling-Keane, Prof Máiréad Harding, Fiachra O'Corragain, Mr Albert Yeung, Dr Myra Herlihy, Rachael England, Dr Charlotte Jeavons and Maria Morgan.

Not pictured: Dr Patrice James, Julia Banasiak, May Lin Herrara Chang and Neil Nash.

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