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British Dental Journal 220, 327 (2016)
Published online: 8 April 2016 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.246

Conference report: British Undergraduate Dental Research Conference 2016

Mohammad Jaberansari & Ismail Khalil

Conference report: British Undergraduate Dental Research Conference 2016

(l-r) Dental students Ahmad Alali and Simran Bains, Professor Anne-Marie Glenny, Dr Jennifer Taylor, Dr Sara Hurley, Professor Paul Coulthard, dental students Mohammad Jaberansari (founder, president and director) and Ismail Khalil (director)

Saturday 27 February 2016 saw the second British Undergraduate Dental Research Conference (BUDRC) take place at Manchester's University Place. This annual event is organised by the Manchester Undergraduate Dental Research Society (MUDRSOC) in association with the Manchester School of Dentistry. After the tremendous success of the first conference, it was clear there is a demand for such an event. The BUDRC is the first and largest undergraduate conference of its kind in the country.

The 2016 conference attracted over 200 delegates, 45% of whom were from outside of Manchester Dental School, and not just undergraduates but sixth formers, postgraduates, clinical staff and dental technology students. We are also proud to mention the international status of this event as students from Kuwait University visited.

After a busy registration period, the morning talks began featuring inspirational talks from renowned speakers including Professor Julian Yates, Dr Jennifer Taylor, Professor Anne-Marie Glenny and Professor Paul Coulthard, Dean of the Dental School. We were also privileged to have the presence of the Chief Dental Officer, Dr Sara Hurley, who spoke about evidence-based practice and the imperative role of research in making change, moving forward as a profession and improving the quality of patient care. The delegates found the talks to be stimulating and inspiring with many commenting on Dr Taylor's presentation style – how she brought research 'down to their level' and did not make it seem like this scary thing only professors take part in.

This year we were also able to offer workshops in eight disciplines. These included careers, interactive anterior tooth restoration seminars and even an exclusive hands-on endodontic access cavity workshop which gave delegates an opportunity to apply the skills using portable handpieces. Others included photography, suturing, orthodontics, research opportunities and interactive oral medicine workshops. Once again, the afternoon workshops were the favourite part of the day for delegates. It provided them with an opportunity to broaden their horizons with the many skills learnt and to see that life isn't just about teeth.

Arranging this conference is no small feat, with the sheer number of students in attendance, the reputation of speakers and workshop tutors involved. Professor Coulthard and especially Dr Hurley were greatly impressed by what was achieved by the organising committee: Mohammad Jaberansari, 5th Year BDS - Founder and President; Ismail Khalil, 3rd Year BDS, Vice-President & Co-Director; Ahmad Alali, 4th Year; Simran Bains 4th Year; Matthew Hughes 1st Year and Aneta Korobczuk 3rd Year.

There aren't many academic events for undergraduate students in this country, and the thought of a research conference on a Saturday morning seems absurd, but this conference proves there is a demand. The MUDRSOC will continue in its mission to raise students' awareness of dental research. We thank all of those who attended and look forward to seeing them again at the University of Manchester.

For more details, visit the website: www.mudrsoc.com.

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