Task Teams

Task Teams and Working Groups are established by Council to consider matters that do not fall within the purview of any Standing Committee.

Advocacy Task Team

The Advocacy Task Team oversees the development and implementation of FDI’s advocacy strategy. The work is focused on ensuring oral health is integrated in the global health and development agenda and included in policies addressing other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); recognized as being key to achieving universal health coverage (UHC); considered as being a core component of general health and well-being, with oral health professionals being recognized as valued members of the healthcare team. 

 

Chair
Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
Morocco
Member
Dr Greg Chadwick
United States of America
Member
Sep 2019 - Sep 2021
Dr Carol G. Summerhays
United States of America
Member
Prof. Young Guk Park
Republic of Korea
Member
Dr Maria Fernanda Atuesta Mondragon
Colombia
Member
Prof. David M. Williams
United Kingdom
Council representative to LOC WDC 2022

The 2021/2022 liaison members with the FDI World Dental Congress Mumbai 2022 local organizing committee are the FDI Executive Committee, the Chair of the the Education Committee, and the Executive Director.

MEMBER
Prof. William Cheung
Hong Kong SAR China
Non-voting member
Enzo Bondioni
Switzerland
Dental Materials & Products Surveillance Task Team

The Dental Materials & Products Surveillance Task Team provides expert, timely advice and guidance to FDI Council, Standing Committees and HQ on dental products, dental materials (including biomaterials) and such other oral health matters as arise.

CHAIR
Prof. David M. Williams
United Kingdom
MEMBER
Dr Jeffrey Platt
United States of America
MEMBER
Prof. Helen Whelton
Ireland
MEMBER
Prof. Dr Gottfried Schmalz
Germany
Digital Cleft Care Task Team

The Digital Cleft Care Task Team, in collaboration with Smile Train liaison experts, provides guidance and scientific expertise as well as develops content to ensure sound implementation of the latest digital technologies into the cleft care continuum.

CHAIR
Jan 2022 - Jan 2023
Dr Puneet Batra
India
MEMBER
Jan 2022 - Jan 2023
Dr Juan Pablo Gómez Arango
Colombia
MEMBER
Jan 2022 - Jan 2023
Dr Clement Seeballuck
United Kingdom
Global Periodontal Health Project Task Team

The Global Periodontal Health Project Task Team provides guidance and scientific expertise to ensure sound implementation of the Global Periodontal Health Project, which aims to reduce and prevent periodontal (gum) disease worldwide.

 

Member
Prof. Philippe Bouchard
France
Member
Prof. Saso Ivanovski
Australia
Governance Task Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused events around the world to be cancelled or postponed and it has affected the usual business of the General Assembly and FDI Parliament. The Governance Task Team was established to look into alternative solutions for uninterrupted conduct of the General Assembly business and meeting in extraordinary circumstances.

Chair
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Susie Sanderson
United Kingdom
Member
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
Morocco
Member
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Greg Chadwick
United States of America
MEMBER
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Mick Armstrong
United Kingdom
Member
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Damian Mitsch
Australia
Oral Health for an Ageing Population

The Task Team oversees the work of the Oral Health for an Ageing Population project, which aims to strengthen the role of the oral health community in achieving healthy longevity. They push for oral health challenges to be addressed in broader disease policies and health promotion strategies for ageing populations. The Oral Health for an Ageing Population Task Team reports to the Public Health Committee.

Member
Prof. Kakuhiro Fukai
Japan
Member
Dr Sophie Dartevelle
France
Member
Prof. Judith Jones
United States of America
Member
Prof. Gerry McKenna
Ireland
Member
Dr Hiroyuki Hirano
Japan
Oral Health and Cancer Task Team

The project is planned to run until the end of 2022, with the support of Unilever. It has two objectives:

  • Improve the integration of oral healthcare and cancer care and collaboration between oral health professionals and health professionals involved in cancer care.
  • Empower patients with cancer to improve their oral hygiene and adapt their oral health behaviours according to their specific needs.
CHAIR
Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
Morocco
MEMBER
Prof. Dr Sana Bensouda
Morocco
MEMBER
Prof. Dr Jean-Christophe Fricain
France
MEMBER
Dr Barry Quinn
United Kingdom
EXPERT
Prof. Paolo Bossi
Italy
Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care Task Team

The Oral Health in Cleft Patients Task Team, in collaboration with Smile Train liaison experts, provides guidance and scientific expertise as well as develops content to ensure sound implementation of the Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care project, which aims to integrate oral health professionals into the cleft care continuum. The Task Team also contributes to the promotion, dissemination and use of the project deliverables when possible.

Chair
Sep 2021 - Dec 2022
Prof. Peter Mossey
United Kingdom
Member
Ass. Prof. Elizabeth Shick
United States of America
Ass. Prof. Pallavi Sachin Daigavane
India
Dr. Daisy Masís Muñoz
Nicaragua
Oral Health Observatory Task Team

The Oral Health Observatory Task Team guides the implementation of the initial deployment in 10 countries of the Oral Health Observatory project, which generates standardized data on oral health to inform FDI's advocacy work.

Chair
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Michael Sereny
Germany
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Georgios Tsakos
United Kingdom
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. David M. Williams
United Kingdom
Health and Safety phase II Task Team

Health and Safety phase II Task Team provides guidance, scientific expertise and content to develop the project deliverables of phase II of the project, which seeks to help improve mental health and wellbeing of the oral healthcare team by developing an online toolkit and communication resources.

Roz McMullan
United Kingdom
Tim Newton
United Kingdom
Robert Utsman
Costa Rica
Partially Dentate Patients Task Team

The Task Team oversees the work of the Partially Dentate Patients project, which ensures a tailored, comprehensive approach to treatment and care for those people with partial tooth loss. The Partially Dentate Patients Task Team reports to the Dental Practice Committee.

 

Member
Prof. William Cheung
Hong Kong SAR China
Member
Dr Andrew Geddis-Regan
United Kingdom
Member
Dr Christopher Murray Callahan
Australia
Member
Dr Shiamaa Shihab
United Arab Emirates
Policy Statements Editorial Task Team

The Policy Statements Editorial Task Team reviews all FDI Policy Statements to ensure that they are written to a high level of English and are grammatically correct. They also check all scientific terminology is consistently used and all references are up to date and relevant.

Chair
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Susie Sanderson
United Kingdom
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Li-Jian Jin
Hong Kong SAR China
Mmeber
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Ira Lamster
United States of America
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Liran Levin
United States of America
Role of Mouthwash in Oral Care Task Team

There is no current professional consensus on the role of mouthwash for healthy patients or for patients with existing oral disease. The Task Team aims to develop a series of articles exploring this subject, which will be published in a supplement of FDI's International Dental Journal.

Chair
Prof. Zoe Brookes
United Kingdom
Member
Prof. Colman McGrath
Hong Kong SAR China
Member
Prof. Michael McCullough
Australia
Sustainability in Dentistry Task Team

The Sustainability in Dentistry Task Team provides guidance and scientific expertise to ensure sound implementation of the Sustainability in Dentistry project, which aims to map out strategies and implement solutions to help reduce the environmental impact of dentistry and the dental industry.

CHAIR
Prof. Nicolas Martin
United Kingdom
MEMBER
Dr Mick Armstrong
United Kingdom
MEMBER
Sep 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Duygu Ilhan
Türkiye
MEMBER
Dr Steven Mulligan
United Kingdom
Toothbrushing Consensus Recommendations Task Team
Member
Prof. Paulo Melo
Portugal
Member
Assoc. Prof. Elham Kateeb
Sate of Palestine
Member
Dr Makiko Iwasaki
Japan
Member
Prof. Mariana Minatel Braga
Brazil
Member
Prof. Anne-Marie Glenny
United Kingdom
Member
Prof. Tanya Walsh
United Kingdom
Whole Body Health Task Team
Chair
Prof. Iain Chapple
United Kingdom
Member
Prof. George Taylor
United States of America
Member
Dr Graham Lloyd-Jones
Member
Dr Sara El Khadra
United Arab Emirates
Whole Mouth Health Task Team

The Whole Mouth Health phase II Task Team provides guidance and expertise to deliver advocacy support to National Dental Associations in implementing the FDI Vision 2030.

CHAIR
Prof. Manu Mathur
India
Dr Rob Beaglehole
New Zealand
Dr Shaili Pradhan
Nepal
World Oral Health Day Task Team

Celebrated every year on 20 March, World Oral Health Day is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health. The World Oral Health Day Task Team oversees the development and implementation of the campaign strategy. The Task Team also reviews campaign material for scientific accuracy to ensure it is in line with FDI's core messages. It also provides input on how to extend the reach of the campaign to key audiences.
 

Chair
May 2019 - May 2021
Prof. Paulo Melo
Portugal
Member
May 2022 - May 2023
Prof. Young Guk Park
Republic of Korea
Member
May 2019 - May 2021
Dr Nahawand Thabet
Egypt
Member
May 2019 - May 2021
Dr Maria Fernanda Atuesta Mondragon
Colombia
Member
May 2021 - May 2022
Assoc. Prof. Elham Kateeb
Sate of Palestine
Member
May 2022 - May 2023
Dr Irene Marron-Tarazzi
United States of America
Member
May 2022 - May 2023
Dr Anna Lella
Poland