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    British Society of Paediatric Dentistry

    The formation of a trainee-led collaborative research group (pictured) has been welcomed by the BSPD.

    The official launch of CONNECT (Child Oral health NortherN rEsearch CollaboraTive) took place at the BSPD conference in Manchester with a gathering of more than 20 trainees at a meeting convened by Helen Rogers (Sheffield), Greig Taylor (Newcastle) and Fiona Noble (Sheffield).

    The group is aimed at trainees at any stage of their training from any specialty in the North of England who have an interest in child oral health research, with representation in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

    Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

    The Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' (ABAOMS') annual conference was hosted by the University of Liverpool on 15-17 November with thought provoking sessions around the delivery of undergraduate oral surgery education and what Brexit could mean.

    The delegates were presented with world-class research ranging from 'Epigenetics in Head and Neck Oncology' to 'Microneurography and Trigeminal Physiology'. The conference also provided an opportunity for delegates to chat and reflect with colleagues. It was particularly encouraging to see many trainees at the conference, many of whom presented and already have enthusiasm for teaching and research. http://www.abaoms.org

    British Association of Oral Surgeons

    This year's British Association of Oral Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference was held on 27-29 September in Belfast. Delegates were treated to a fantastic selection of inspiring, informative and humorous lectures in the beautiful surroundings of the City Hall. The quality of the open papers was very high with many commendable presentations from the dental core trainees who participated.

    Record numbers attended the conference with 500 delegates, including those attending the Nurses Study day.

    The Titanic was built in the ship yards of Belfast alongside the SS Nomadic. Restored to her former glory the Nomadic played host to the informal social night providing a great platform for networking.

    British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

    The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) has just signed an agreement with the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) to give all its trainee and consultant members, including trainers, free ASiT membership from January 2018 for a three-year pilot.

    Young doctors and dentists aiming for a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) spend a long time in training, so ASiT membership will link them to the family of surgical trainees.

    The collaboration will ensure trainees in OMFS are well represented within ASiT and the wider surgical community.

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    Society news. Br Dent J 223, 803 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.1051

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