Following is a summary of the key lectures, symposia, and workshops that will anchor the 85th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research, convening here March 21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Featured Presentations: Distinguished Lecture Series

* "Human Embryonic Stem Cells: The Time is Now", Susan Fisher (Professor, University of California, San Francisco, USA), Thursday, March 22, 8:00 am, Convention Center, Auditorium A (This event is graciously sponsored by Quintessence Publishing.)

* "Global Perspectives on Health Science Institutions and Research", Karen Holbrook (President, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA), Saturday, March 24, 8:00 am, Convention Center, Auditorium A [NB: This is the W.J. Gies Distinguished Speaker Lecture.]

Special Presentation

* "An Update on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research", Larry Tabak (Director, NIDCR, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA), Friday, March 23, 8:00 a.m., Convention Center, Auditorium A

The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve oral, dental, and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information. The mission is accomplished by: performing and supporting basic and clinical research; conducting and funding research training and career development programs to ensure an adequate number of talented, well-prepared, and diverse investigators; coordinating and assisting relevant research and research-related activities among all sectors of the research community; and promoting the timely transfer of knowledge gained from research and its implications for health to the public, health professionals, researchers, and policy-makers.

An overview of the Institute and how Institute priorities are reached will be provided. Current national and international funding opportunities and initiatives will be highlighted. The talk will conclude with a discussion of potential future research and training directions.

Keynote Speakers

The Scientific Groups have been asked to select a keynote speaker to give an overview of research in that area of expertise. Delegates can benefit from these 30-minute presentations by getting an overall understanding of what is currently being done in other disciplines.

Wednesday, March 21

* "The Multifunctional Osteocyte: Orchestrator of Bone Remodeling", Lynda Bonewald (University of Missouri- Kansas City, USA), 2:30 pm, Room 294

* "Floss for Life: Biological Mechanisms of the Perio-Cardio Relationship", Ann Progulske-Fox (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA), 2:30 pm, Room 289

Thursday, March 22

* "Toward a Systems Approach to Behavioral & Social Science Issues for Oral Health", Lois Cohen (National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, Bethesda, MD, USA), 9 am, Room 293

* "The Performance of Resin Adhesives: How Testing Methods Affect Results", Dan Nathanson (Boston University, MA, USA), 9:00 am, Room 391

* "The Dental Pulp: Big Issues about a Little Tissue", Rena D'Souza (Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX, USA), 9 am, Room 389

* "Clinical Evidence for Selection of Materials and Techniques for Posterior Composite Restorations", David Sarrett (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA), 10:45 am, Room 391

* "A Skeptic's Assessment of Dental Digital Radiography", Mel Kantor (New Jersey Dental School UMDNJ, Newark, USA), 10:45 am, Room 387

* "Periodontal Disease in the Elderly", Anja Ainamo (University of Helsinki, Finland), 10:45 am, Room 285

Friday, March 23

* "Can Clinical Failures and Survival Statistics for Ceramic-based Prostheses be Predicted Reliably from in vitro Tests?", Ken Anusavice (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA), 9 am, Room 391

* "AADR's Oral Health Research Group: Interests, Activities, and Opportunities", Nancy Williams (University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA), 9 am, Room 388

* "Clinical Research in Dental Local Anesthesia: Beyond Myths and Dreams", John Meechan (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom), 9 am, Room 287

* "Interaction of Dental Resins with Osteoblastic/Odontoblastic Cells", Satoshi Imazato (Osaka University, Japan), 10:45 am, Room 391

* "Impact of Environments on Caries and Diet", Peter Lingström (University of Göteborg, Sweden), 10:45 am, Room 284

* "Antimicrobial Peptides in the Oral Environment", Libuse Bobek (State University of New York - Buffalo, USA), 10:45 am, Room 290

Saturday, March 24

* "An Update on the Interaction between Glass-ionomer Cements and Their Immediate Environment", Hien Ngo (University of Adelaide, Athelstone, SA, Australia), 9 am, Room 391

Symposia

Wednesday, March 21

* "Dental School Participation in the NIH Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSAs)", 1:00-3:00 pm, Rooms 283-284 (Joint with ADEA)

* "Bisphosphonates and Bisphosphonate-associated Osteonecrosis", 2:30-4:00 pm, Room 295 (Joint with ADEA)

* "Dental Education at the Crossroads + 12 Years: Taking Stock", 2:30-4:00 pm, Room 293 (Joint with ADEA)

* "Status of Laboratory Studies for Predicting Clinical Behavior", 2:30-4:00 pm, Room 298 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Oral Medicine and Pathology in New Orleans", 2:30-4:00 pm, Room 292 (Joint with ADEA)

Thursday, March 22

* "Gender Effects on Temporomandibular Disorders", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 298 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Susceptibility to and Development of Periodontitis", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 284 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Essentials in Grant Writing", 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Room 288 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Genetic and Transcriptional Control of Osteoblast Differentiation", 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Room 293 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Methodological Issues in Measuring Oral-health-related Quality of Life in Children", 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Room 284 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Micronutrition, Periodontitis, and Systemic Diseases - Potential Mechanistic Links", 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Room 287 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

Friday, March 23

* "Frail Older Adults, Dementia, and the Failing Dentition", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 284 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "International Bioethics and Human Rights in Relation to Dental Research", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 292 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Pulp Fiction and Reality: Cell-Material Interactions, Degradation, and Regeneration", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 283 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Rapid Orthodontics Following Selective Alveolar Decortication", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 288 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Bridging the Biological and Materials Science Disciplines to Build the Tooth", 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Room 283 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Cariogenic Dental Biofilm", 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Room 292 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Molecular and Nano-design of Dental Implants", 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Room 293 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Practice-based Research - What's It All About?", 10:45 am-12:15 pm, Room 295 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

Saturday, March 24

* "Applications of High-resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Analysis in Oral Sciences", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 298 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

* "Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms in Microbial Pathogenesis", 9:00-10:30 am, Room 292 (Group-/Division-sponsored)

Satellite Symposium

* "Complete Oral Care: A Comprehensive Look at Oral Hygiene and Oral Health for a Healthier Body", Friday, March 23, 1:30-4:00 pm, Room 292 (Sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Co.)

The symposium will cover the latest research and scientific information on the following topics: (1) oral biofilms, their development on tooth surfaces and on the oral soft tissues, and their role in oral health and disease; (2) inflammation, its role in periodontal disease, from gingivitis to systemic disease; (3) the growing evidence for connections among cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and periodontal disease; and (4) effective oral hygiene and oral health solutions for a healthier mouth.

Hands-on Workshops (HOW)

Wednesday, March 21

* (HOW #1) "Technology Support for Teaching Clinical Decision-making", Room 299 (10:30 am-12 Noon)

* (HOW #2) "Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders: A Hands-on Workshop for Examination Skills Development", Room 299 (2:30-4:00 pm)

Thursday, March 22

* (HOW #3) "Dietary Intake and Nutritional Status Assessment in Dental Research", Room 299 (9:00-10:30 am)

* (HOW #4) "The Nutrition Data System for Research with Fluoride: A New Software for Assessing Fluoride Intake", Room 283 (10:45 am-12:15 pm)

* (HOW #5) "The SBIR and STTR Programs: A Pathway to Translational Research", Room 298 (10:45 am-12:15 pm)

* (HOW #6) "Introduction to the NIDCR/CDC Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Data Resource Center", Room 299 (10:45 am-12:15 pm)

Friday, March 23

* (HOW #7) "Oral Pathogen Sequence Analysis and Comparative Study", Room 298 (9:00-10:30 am)

* (HOW #8) "Using 3D Simulation Models in Education and Research", Room 299 (9:00-10:30 am)

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Contact: Linda Hemphill
International & American Association for Dental Research

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