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International Dental Research Association meets in Miami

International & American Associations for Dental Research

Did you know that periodontal disease could be a risk factor for HIV? ...that children of parents with high stress levels have more tooth decay? ...that there's an association between obesity and periodontal disease?

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 87th General Session & Exhibition, April 1-4, 2009, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida, USA. It will also be the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR).

This year, over 3,500 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 optical diagnostics in the oral cavity, to salivary gland regeneration, to oral sensory function in aging.

Featured during Meeting Week will be the IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards Competition (42 competitors from 19 Divisions and one non-Divisional Section) 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 pm on Wednesday, April 1, will provide an exciting kick-off for the week's activities. Many awards and fellowships, including the 2009 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, will be presented. The Distinguished Lecture Series will feature presentations by three prominent individuals:

  • "Telomeres and Telomerase in Human Health and Disease", Elizabeth Blackburn (University of California, San Francisco, USA), Thursday, April 2. (All three lectures will occur at 9:45 a.m. in Room C125-126 of the Miami Beach Convention Center.) [NB: This is the W.J. Gies Distinguished Speaker Lecture.]
  • "Stem Cells in Squamous Cell Carcinomas", Fiona Watt (Cambridge Research Institute, UK), Friday, April 3. (This event is generously sponsored by Quintessence Publishing.)
  • "Science and Social Benefit: the Special Case of the Academic Health Sciences", W.R. Hume (United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates), Saturday, April 4.

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, April 2. Twenty-two senior scientists from a wide variety of dental disciplines are volunteering their services for this event.

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

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, April 1, 1:45-2:30 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 29th 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 10, 2009)

Company Name Booth #
3M ESPE Hospitality Center
AADR 2010, Washington DC 708
AADR Government Affairs 714
ABILIT Corporation 607
American Dental Education Association 706
Astra Tech 200
BioRESEARCH Assoc. Inc. 615
BISCO Dental Products 307
Brasseler USA 409
British Dental Journal 507
CDC Division of Oral Health 115
Colgate Island 201
Community Research 202
P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest Oral-B 500-502
Danville Materials/Engineering 603
DENTSPLY International 600
Designs For Vision, Inc. 408
DMG America (Formerly known as Zenith Dental) 311
EmpiriStat Inc. 308
Forsyth Institute 411
GC America Inc. 501-503
GlaxoSmithKline 100
Howard Hughes Medical Institute 611
IADR 2010, Barcelona, Spain 710
Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. 410
J. Morita USA, Inc. 401
Johnson & Johnson Oral Health Products 601
Kings College London Dental Institute 214-216
Kuraray America, Inc. 406
Medical University of South Carolina 606
Medotech A/S 309
Microbiology International 211
Mosby-Elsevier 407
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Island 107
Naval Institute for Dental & Biomedical Research 602
Nobel Biocare 303
NovaMin Technology Inc. 117
Quintessence Publishing Co. Inc. 207
SAGE 617
SCHOTT North America, Inc. 510
SDI (North America) Inc. 506
Septodont 403
Shofu Dental Corporation 306
Stephen Hancocks Ltd. 509
Sunstar Americas 301
The Journal of Clinical Dentistry 417
Tokuyama Dental Corporation 209
UCLA School of Dentistry 508
Ultradent Products, Inc. 400-402
UNC School of Dentistry 614
Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo (Roman Catholic University Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo) 317
The University of British Columbia 516
University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry 517
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine 700
University of Connecticut Health Center 416
University of Florida College of Dentistry 610
University of Iowa College of Dentistry 514
University of Leeds - Leeds Dental Institute 414
University of Manchester 315
University of Michigan 415
University of Minnesota 616
University of Missouri - Kansas City 515
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 511
University of Washington School of Dentistry 608
Wedgewood Pharmacy 609
Whip Mix Corporation 310
Wiley-Blackwell 103
World Congress for Preventive Dentistry 702
Wrigley Oral Health Programs Island 215

The Exhibition will be held, with the scientific posters, in Exhibit Hall D at the Convention Centre. Exhibit hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.

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

The 87th General Session promises to provide an exciting forum for scientific exchange that should be rewarding for all who attend.


About the International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with more than 11,300 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge to improve oral health, (2) supporting the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings for the improvement of oral health worldwide.

To learn more about the IADR, visit

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