AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA – March 21-24, 2018
The South Atlantic Region of the National Dental PBRN hosted a Symposium/Workshop at the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) in late March. The symposium “Advancing Research to Integrate Medical and Dental Care” celebrated the launching of NIDCR 2030 goals and featured several speakers, among them Dr. Martha Somerman, director of NIDCR, Dr. Gregg Gilbert, Director of the Network, Dr. Gypsyamber D’Souza speaking on HPV: Risk Factors and Epidemiology, Dr. Brad Rindal reporting the results of a Network study on HPV, and Dr. Betsy Shenkman talking about the Network results on the management of health risk assessment in dental offices.
The three hour-long program had multiple presentations, round table discussions, and a panel discussion. More than 200 individuals from all six regions of the National Network attended the program which had the participation of researchers, dentists, academicians, physicians, nurses, hygienists, patients, NIH staff, research coordinators, students, deans, associate deans, industry, dental insurance, VA medical center, clinicians from large group practices and from solo practices, as well as public health and federal qualified health centers, international attendees, and American Dental Association representatives. With the diversity of the various stakeholders participating, the round-table discussion sessions after the presentations were engaging, lively, and informative.
The meeting was concluded with a dynamic panel discussion, with speakers and subject authorities, covering several areas of discussion in greater depth, and allowing questions from the audience. “Thank you for offering this systematic health convention. I appreciated the diversity of panelists and participants” was one of the many positive feedbacks received from participants.
The interactive meeting, with participation from a diverse group of individuals and highlighting the results of existing studies in the Network, was an excellent example of the NIDCR commitment to improving health care and the take-off of one of the five NIDCR 2030 goals: “integrating medical and dental care”.