Did you know that tooth decay is still the most common human disease?

June 15, 2006

Did you know that tooth decay is still the most common human disease? ...that there's a new biological approach to repairing dentin? ...that dental disease could contribute to increased risk of strokes?

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 84th General Session & Exhibition, June 28-July 1, 2006, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCC) in Brisbane, Australia. It will also be the 1st Annual Meeting of the IADR's Pan Asian-Pacific Federation.

This year, nearly 2,700 scientific presentations will be made, divided among plenary/oral/poster sessions and symposia/workshops. (For releases on selected topics, please see the white section of this Press Kit.) Estimates are that over 4,500 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 plenary sessions, symposia, and workshops during the four-day meeting, dealing with special-interest topics ranging from the role of Chinese medicine in periodontics (gum disease), to psychological stress and oral health, and tobacco and oral health. (For a complete listing, please see the green section of this Press Kit.)

Featured during Meeting Week will be the IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards Competition (42 competitors from 19 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 4:15 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, will provide an exciting kick-off for the week's activities. After some Australian entertainment, many awards and fellowships, including the 2006 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards (goldenrod section), will be presented. Refreshments at the Welcome Reception are generously sponsored by Oral-B. (For more information on awards, please see the green section of this Press Kit.)

The Distinguished Lecture Series will feature presentations by two prominent individuals: New at this year's meeting is a session of "Late-breaking News", featuring "hot" scientific breakthroughs (Wednesday, June 28, 1:00 pm, Room M3, BCC).

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 only--Thursday, June 29. Fifteen senior scientists from a wide variety of dental disciplines are volunteering their services for this event.

Returning for the fourth consecutive year are Keynote Speakers, who will be presenting "state-of-the-science" addresses in all of the Scientific Groups. (For details, please see the green section of this Press Kit.) 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, June 28, 1:30-2:00 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 26th 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 May 31, 2006)

Company, Booth Assignment
3M, ESPE Hospitality Center
Astra Tech Pty Ltd, Island 222
Biolase Technology Inc., 420-422
Bisco Dental Products, 206
Blackwell Munksgaard, 309-311
Body Logic, 106
British Dental Journal, 320
Cadbury Schweppes - Recaldent, 115-117
Colgate-Palmolive Company, Island 404
Crest Oral-B, 100-102
Dentsply (Australia) Pty Ltd., 408
Elsevier Australia, 322
Experien Dental Finance, 215
GC Asia, 214-216
GlaxoSmithKline, 323
Heine Australia, 314
Henkel, 209-211
Henry Schein Halas/Regional Dental, 223
Heraeus Kulzer Australia Pty Ltd, 414
J. Morita Corporation/Kuraray Dental, 306-310
KaVo Dental GmbH, 107
King's College London Dental Institute, 120
Laclede, Inc., 207
M.D.S.A. Pty Ltd, 321
Nobel Biocare, Island 202
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, 410
Queensland Health, Oral Health Services, 110
Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc., 221
Ratoc System Engineering Co., Ltd, 416
Sangi Co., LTD., 208
School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Griffith University, 114
School of Dentistry, University of Manchester, 116
SDI Limited, 316
SS White Burs, Inc., 210
TrollDental, 111
University of Sydney, 122
Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs, Island 302

The Exhibition will be held, with the scientific posters, in Great Halls 3 & 4 at the BCC. Exhibit hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, and from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30.

In addition to the scientific portion of the meeting, participants will have ample opportunity to sample the many cultural and social offerings available in Brisbane and its environs.

The 84th General Session promises to provide an exciting forum for scientific exchange that should be rewarding for all who attend.

International & American Associations for Dental Research

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