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IADR’s Williams calls out for excellence and impact in research

By Javier Martínez de Pisón, DT Latin America
April 07, 2009

MIAMI, FL, USA: The President-Elect of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), Dr. David Williams has asked colleagues to focus on conducting research that has practical impact for global oral health. In his speech during the IADR’s 87th General Session and Exhibition in Miami in the United States he said that the profession has a responsibility to ensure the continuation of research.

“But in Europe we have a new mantra: Excellence with Impact,” said Dr. Williams in his conference entitled “Global Uncertainty and Global Challenges”, which was attended by 5,000 researchers, including a large contingent from Latin America and Asia dental schools, as well as presidents of the FDI World Dental Federation and presidents of national dental organisations.

The President-Elect said researchers have a challenge as the torch-bearers of global oral health. “We are well aware that the global burden of oral disease is immense and our leadership in these issues is essential.” He added that dental caries is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide while periodontal disease affects up to 15 per cent of the population. oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide.

“We need fundamental research, to improve our basic understanding of the diseases which concern us,” explained Dr. Williams. “But we also need to deliver ethical, effective, evidence-based care. We need effective prevention, as well as more effective treatment, and we need to establish the kinds of workforce that are appropriate in different global settings. And all of this without even mentioning the links between oral and systemic health, and the implications this could have for general health and wellbeing. “

In addition, the current President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), Dr. J. M. 'Bob' ten Cate of the Netherlands, asked for an International Year of Oral Health within five years to bring oral health to the attention of a large audience.

The IADR’s 87th General Session and Exhibition in Miami was held from 1-4 April. Future meetings will be the World Congress on Preventive Dentistry in Phuket, Thailand, September 7-10, 2009, and the IADR General Session and Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, July 14-17, 2010.

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