Relationship between FDI and the oral health research community strengthened at IADR’s annual meeting

03 May 2017 FDI Member

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) held its 95th General Session & Exhibition 22-25 March in San Francisco, CA, USA, with representatives from FDI's Science and Public Health Committees present at the meeting.

The general session, attended by 6,000 participants, provides scientists and researchers worldwide with the opportunity to discuss and present their research. This includes keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, lunch and learning sessions, meeting of scientific groups and networks, and an exhibition of companies and universities specializing in the dental, oral and craniofacial research field.

Dr Harry-Sam Selikowitz, Chair of FDI's Science Committee, attended the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network, as well as lectures and workhops on topics including peri-implantitis, geriatric oral health research, clinical and translational science, genomics and infectious disease, to name a few. Dr Selikowitz also met with IADR leadership to explore practical routes to further the collaboration between the two organizations.

Prof. Jo Frencken, Chair of FDI's Public Health Committee, was presented with the 2017 IADR H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award at the opening ceremony. The award, one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, is given for distinguished accomplishments in research and development in the fields of behavioural science, epidemiology and public health. It is one of the highest honours bestowed by IADR.

Prof. Frencken is also head of the Department of Global Oral Health, Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His research interests include Minimal Intervention Dentistry, geriatric oral health, dental anxiety and epidemiology. Prof. Frencken is known for participating in the development of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment , which helps to manage dental caries.

FDI has a longstanding relationship and collaboration with IADR, supporting its mission of advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide.