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Dental scientists convene in Dallas

Did you know that teledentistry can help provide orthodontic treatment to disadvantaged children? Did you know that saliva can provide diagnostic clues to your systemic health? Have you heard about the new biological clock that links tooth growth with other metabolic processes?

These are but a few of the thousands of pieces of information which will be presented when the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) holds its 37th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, April 2-5, 2008, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

This year, nearly 1,300 scientific presentations will be made, divided among plenary/oral/poster sessions and symposia/workshops. Estimates are that over 2,000 dental scientists, educators, students, and practicing dentists will convene, representing the latest thinking in dental research.

In addition to the individual presentations, there will be plenary sessions, symposia, and workshops during the four-day meeting, dealing with special-interest topics ranging from improving the oral health of the elderly to advances in local anesthesia. There will also be a Late-breaking News session on Saturday morning, featuring nearly 20 exciting presentations on new discoveries.

Featured during Meeting Week will be the AADR/Johnson & Johnson Oral Health Products Hatton Awards Competition for student investigators. The presentations, in poster format, will be judged by top-level scientists. In addition to receiving cash prizes and plaques, winners will compete in the IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards Competition in Toronto, ON, Canada, in July.

The Opening Ceremonies and Awards Program, on Wednesday, April 2, will provide an exciting kick-off for the week's activities. Many awards and fellowships, including the 2008 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award (green section), will be presented.

The Distinguished Lecture Series will feature presentations by three eminent scientists:

  • Nanotechnology for the Enhancement of Human Health, Jim Baker, Jr. [Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine & Biological Science (MNIMBS), Ann Arbor], 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 2

  • Engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise in a Multi-institutional and Multidisciplinary Environment, Milton Packer (University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas), 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 3

  • Genetic Control of Heart Development and Disease, Eric Olson (University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas), 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 4

These lectures will occur in the Stemmons Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

  • A Plenary Session, Careers in Dental and Craniofacial Research: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Mainly the Good!, will be held for students on Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m.

  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, one of the National Institutes of Health, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with daily workshops and symposia.

One of the unique opportunities offered to students is Lunch & Learning, where students may sign up to discuss, over an informal luncheon, topics of interest with senior researchers. This year, Lunch & Learning will be held on Thursday, April 3. Ten senior scientists from a wide variety of disciplines are volunteering their services for this event.

Returning for the fifth consecutive year are Keynote Speakers, who will be presenting state-of-the-science addresses in all of the Scientific Groups.

Also returning to the AADR meeting is a Job Opportunity Bulletin Service (JOBS), available to all registrants, located in the AADR Registration Area. Bulletin boards will be available to job recruiters to post job vacancies. There will also be a New Member Orientation Reception (Wednesday, April 3, 8:30 a.m.), where new members can learn about becoming more involved in the AADR and its specialty Groups and Committees.

For the 27th consecutive year, commercial exhibits will be featured at the Meeting. Meeting participants are encouraged to visit the booths of the following:

Confirmed Exhibitors (as of March 20, 2008)

Exhibitor (Commercial) -- Booth #

3M ESPE Dental Products -- Hospitality Center
BioHorizons -- 216
Bisco Dental Products -- 403
Brasseler USA -- 307
Case Dental & Medical Supply, Inc. -- 306
Colgate-Palmolive Company -- 200-202
Community Research -- 407
Crest Oral-B, P&G Professional Oral Health -- 100-102
Den-Mat Holdings, LLC -- 201
DENTSPLY International -- 303
Designs For Vision, Inc. -- 210
Esstech, Inc. & Specialty Glass, Inc. -- 410
GC America Inc. -- 302
GlaxoSmithKline -- 400
Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, INC. -- 301
Kerr Corporation -- 402
Kuraray America Inc. -- 408
Microbiology International -- 116
Mosby - Elsevier -- 314
Natural Dentist Inc. -- 508
Olympus Corporation -- 214
OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company -- Hospitality Center
Quintessence Publishing Co. Inc. -- 500
Scanco USA, Inc. -- 310
Septodont -- 401
Southern Dental Industries (SDI) -- 203
Sunstar Americas, Inc. -- 309
The Journal of Clinical Dentistry -- 506
Tokuyama America, Inc. -- 114
Ultradent Products, Inc. -- 206-208
Wiley-Blackwell -- 415
Zimmer Dental -- 300

Exhibitor (Educational)

Baylor College of Dentistry:
Texas A&M University Health Science Center -- 316
Forsyth Institute -- 215-217
Howard Hughes Medical Institute -- 308
Minnesota Craniofacial Research
Training (MinnCResT) Program -- 516
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research -- Island 106
NYU Global Public Health -- 311
Stanford University
(Stanford/NASA National Biocomputation Center -- 514
UCLA School of Dentistry -- 510
University of Alberta -- 414
University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry -- 399
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine -- 502
University of Iowa College of Dentistry -- 411
University of Michigan School of Dentistry -- 406
University of Missouri-Kansas City -- 416
University of North Carolina -- 417
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry -- 315
University of Washington School of Dentistry -- 317

The Exhibition will be held, with the scientific posters, in Trinity Hall I of the Exhibit Hall at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Exhibit hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4. In addition to the scientific portion of the meeting, participants will have ample opportunity to sample the many social offerings available in Dallas and its environs. The 37th Annual Meeting promises to provide an exciting forum for scientific exchange that should be rewarding for all who attend.


Contact: Linda Hemphill
International & American Association for Dental Research

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