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Welcome from the President

It is a great privilege to take on the role of President of the British Society of Prosthodontics for 2024-25. I was first introduced to BSSPD fifteen years ago as a trainee in Restorative Dentistry – a wonderful platform for deeper learning through interaction with experts in prosthodontics as well as trainees from around the country.  The Society warmly welcomed us trainees with ample opportunity to present our clinical work, audits, research, and encouraged active integration with Consultants and Specialist in the field.  Having served as the Honorary Secretary, I learned the inner workings of a professional society and experienced the passion and commitment of council and wider members to support and improve BSSPD, keeping true to the core values of the society.      

Having returned to council as President Elect last year, I see that the passion is still alive and well with some excellent work and projects under way: The BSSPD Research Grant, integration with international prosthodontic societies through memorandums of understanding, the development of a prosthodontic curriculum, road shows at Dental Schools and exam preparation opportunities for trainees through ‘Mock vivas’, as well as a larger presence at the BDA Conference each year.  The well-established Webinar series continues with strong speakers and views.   

This year we are hoping to continue this good work, raise the profile of the society and increase membership including early years graduates and wider allied professionals.   It would be great to develop some key prosthodontic clinical documents for our website summarising current thinking and evidence to satisfy the thirst of young practitioners for evidence based protocols and treatment pathways.  If those within the membership are interested getting involved and have expertise to share, please do get in touch!  

As President, I also have the responsibility of organising the next annual BSSPD Conference to be held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London, on the 3rd and 4th of April 2025.   The theme of ‘Sustainability in Prosthodontics’ will be explored through the lens of prevention and sustainable restorations, the environment and technology, as well as sustaining knowledge, leadership, interest and mental health within the profession.  The conference will also include a ‘Question-Time’ like political debate with some of the key decision-makers.  I anticipate a lively educational event with open and diverse views, which should prove thoroughly enjoyable!

Thank you for this rare opportunity and it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to BSSPD!

Shiyana Eliyas

President 2024-25




Above: Dr Shiyana Eliyas

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