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International Dental Research Association meets in Toronto

Toronto, ON, Canada Did you know that there's a new infant formula that blocks transmission of HIV from mother to baby? that a mother's Vitamin D status during pregnancy will affect her baby's future dental health? that there's a new topical oral syrup that prevents early-childhood tooth decay?

These are but a few of the thousands of pieces of information which will be presented when the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) holds its 86th General Session & Exhibition, July 2-5, 2008, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. It will also be the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

This year, nearly 3,600 scientific presentations will be made, divided among plenary/oral/poster sessions and symposia/ workshops. Estimates are that more than 5,000 dental scientists, educators, students, and practicing dentists from around the world will convene, representing the latest thinking in dental research.

In addition to the individual presentations, there will be Distinguished Speaker lectures, symposia, and workshops during the four-day meeting, dealing with special-interest symposium topics ranging from knowledge translation, to using motivational interviewing to change human health behavior, to designing dental programs for high-risk children.

Featured during Meeting Week will be the IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards Competition (41 competitors from 18 countries) for student investigators. The presentations, in poster format, will be judged by top-level scientists. Winners will receive cash prizes and plaques.

The Opening Ceremonies and Welcome Reception, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 2, will provide an exciting kick-off for the week's activities. Many awards and fellowships, including the 2008 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, will be presented. Refreshments at the Welcome Reception are generously sponsored by Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs.

The Distinguished Lecture Series will feature presentations by two prominent individuals:

  • "Can Ethics Be Both Local and Global? Current Challenges in Conducting International Health Research", Eric Meslin (Indiana University Center for Bioethics, Indianapolis, USA), Thursday, July 3, 8:00 a.m., Room 808, Convention Centre (This event is graciously sponsored by Quintessence Publishing.) [NB: This is the W.J. Gies Distinguished Speaker Lecture.]

  • "The Unholy Trinity of Infectious Diseases: Role of the Pathogen, Host, and Microbiota", B. Brett Finlay (Biotechnology Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada), Friday, July 4, 8:00 a.m., Room 808, Convention Centre For the third consecutive year, there will be a session of "Late-breaking News", featuring "hot" scientific breakthroughs (Saturday, July 5, 1:45 p.m., poster session, Hall D-E).

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 one day onlyThursday, July 3. Nineteen senior scientists from a wide variety of dental disciplines are volunteering their services for this event.

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

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Returning to the IADR meeting is a Job Opportunity Bulletin Service (JOBS), available to all registrants, located in the IADR Registration Area. Bulletin boards will be available to job recruiters to post job vacancies. There will also be a New Member Orientation Reception (Wednesday, July 2, 1:15-2:00 p.m.), where new members can find out about becoming more involved in the IADR and its specialty Groups and Committees. This reception is generously supported by the Colgate-Palmolive Co.

For the 28th 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 June 19, 2008)

Exhibitors Booth Assignment

  • 3M ESPE Dental Products Hospitality Center
  • ABIMEDICAL Co. (formerly known as Abilit) 610
  • Astra Tech 206-210
  • Bisco Dental Products 308
  • Brasseler USA 207
  • British Dental Journal 600
  • Colgate-Palmolive 300-302
  • Consult Pro / DHC Marketing 706
  • Crest Oral-B, P&G Professional Oral Health 200-202
  • Elsevier Canada 201-203
  • EPIEN Medical, Inc. 603
  • Frago International Impex 602
  • GC America Inc. 407
  • GlaxoSmithKline 107-111
  • Heraeus 410
  • Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis 607
  • Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. 209
  • J. Morita USA, Inc. 309
  • Journal of the Canadian Dental Association 611
  • King's College London Dental Institute 101-103
  • Kuraray America Inc. 411
  • Laclede, Inc. 408
  • Mahidol University Faculty of Dentistry 700
  • MediaMed Canada 606
  • Medotech A/S 406
  • Nobel Biocare Island 401
  • NYU Global Public Health 508
  • Quantum Dental Technologies, Inc. 710
  • Quintessence Publishing Co. Inc. 307
  • Schulich School at the University of Western Ontario 708
  • SDI Limited 507
  • Septodont 501
  • Shofu Dental Corporation 310
  • Surgical Science Systems 601
  • Tate & Lyle 306
  • The Forsyth Institute 506
  • The University of British Columbia 608
  • Tokuyama Dental Corporation 509
  • UNC School of Dentistry 503
  • Unilever Oral Care Island 701
  • University of Alberta, Department of Dentistry 311
  • University of Leeds, Leeds Dental Institute 409
  • University of Manchester 511
  • University of Minnesota 702
  • University of Toronto 609
  • Wiley-Blackwell 211
  • Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs Island 301

The Exhibition will be held, with the scientific posters, in Exhibit Hall D-E at the Convention Centre. Exhibit hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, July 3 and 4, and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. In addition to the scientific portion of the meeting, participants will have ample opportunity to sample the many cultural and social offerings available in Toronto and its environs.

The 86th General Session 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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