University professor becomes president of national dental association

Rebecca Harris, a Professor of Oral Health Services Research from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, has become the 44th President of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD).

BASCD is the UK’s professional association for the science, philosophy and practice of promoting the oral health of populations and groups in society. The Association was founded in 1973 by leading dental professionals concerned with the needs of populations and groups in society, with a specific emphasis on preventing and controlling oral diseases and conditions.

Professor Harris was sworn in as President during the Presidential Spring Scientific meeting in Queens College, Oxford University earlier this month.

‘Working through networks’

The Presidential conference theme of ‘Working through networks’ included many high profile speakers such as Sir Muir Gray (pioneer of NHS screening programmes and creator of the National Library for Health), Deputy Chief Dental Officer of England Janet Clarke, Chief Dental Officer of Wales Colette Bridgman, and Chief Dental Officer of Scotland Margie Taylor.

Insights into influencing high level health strategy were also provided by John Gisborne (Managing Director of the global health communications firm FleishmanHillard Fisburn) and Professor Susan Jebb (the UK Government’s advisor on obesity).

The conference attracted a wide range of delegates, some from around the world, including a number from New Zealand.


Professor Harris, said “The new medal feels like it marks the beginning of a new BASCD era. It was so exciting to see so many young people really enjoying the conference, making new friends and taking their place as the next generation of dental public health practitioners and academics.

“The beautiful setting of an old Oxford college and spectacularly sunny weather made sure we will all remember it for a long time to come.”

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