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PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: date: 2-Mar-2005

Did you know...?

Baltimore, Maryland...Did you know that we soon may be able to grow our own replacement teeth?...that eating yoghurt can reduce bad breath?...that there's a direct link between periodontal disease and heart 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 83rd General Session & Exhibition, March 9-12, 2005, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. It will also be the 34th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 29th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

This year, over 3,700 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 nearly 6,000 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 plenary sessions, symposia, and workshops during the four-day meeting, dealing with special-interest topics ranging from genetics education in dentistry to current advances in forensic dentistry to sugars and carbohydrates in developing countries. (For a complete listing, please see the green section of this Press Kit.) Featured during Meeting Week will be both the IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards Competitions (45 competitors from 19 countries) and the AADR/Pfizer Hatton Awards Competition (27 competitors) 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, March 9, will provide an exciting kick-off for the week's activities. Many awards and fellowships, including the 2005 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 three prominent individuals:

  • "From Proprietary Trade School to Integral Component of the Academic Health Center The Long Journey to Academic Acceptance", J. Bernard Machen (President, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA), Thursday, March 10, 8:00 a.m., Ballroom 1, Baltimore Convention Center [NB: This is the W.J. Gies Distinguished Speaker Lecture.]
  • "NIH Roadmap for Medical Research", Elias A. Zerhouni (Director, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA), Friday, March 11, 8:00 a.m., Ballroom 1, Baltimore Convention Center
  • "Hedgehog Signaling Network", M. Michael Cohen (Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada), Saturday, March 12, 8:00 a.m., Ballroom 1, Baltimore Convention Center (supported by Quintessence Publishing)

    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, March 10. Thirty-seven senior scientists from a wide variety of dental disciplines are volunteering their services for this event.

    Returning for the third 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, March 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m.), where new members can find out about becoming more involved in the IADR and its specialty Groups and Committees. For the 25th 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 February 4, 2005)

    Exhibitor (Commercial) / Booth #

    Abilit Corporation / 521
    American Dental Association / 200, 202
    Biolase Technology, Inc. / 520
    Biotene/Laclede Inc. / 522
    Bisco Dental Products / 614, 616
    Blackwell Munksgaard 101
    Bose Corporation / 100
    Brasseler USA / 706
    British Dental Journal / 217
    Brown & Herbranson Imaging / 203
    Cadbury Adams USA, LLC. / 414, 416
    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. / 408
    Colgate-Palmolive / Island 601
    CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. / 300
    Coltene Whaledent / 415
    Den-Mat/Cerinate Corp. / 714
    Designs for Vision, Inc. / 315
    Discus Dental Inc. / 708
    Duerr Dental / 102
    GC America, Inc. 508
    GlaxoSmithKline / Island 301
    Heraeus Kulzer / 516
    Hill Top Research, Inc. / 506
    J. Morita USA, Inc. / 602
    The Journal of Clinical Dentistry/ 716
    Kerr Corporation / 617
    Kuraray America, Inc. / 309
    3M ESPE / Hospitality Area MANI, Inc. / 421
    Marriott Vacation Club International / 103
    Microbiology International / 406
    Mosby/Elsevier / 317
    Nobel Biocare / Island 507
    OMNII Oral Pharmaceuticals / 609
    Oral-B Laboratories / 401, 403
    Pentron Clinical Technologies / 307
    Pfizer Consumer Healthcare/ 515, 517
    Planmeca OY / 523
    Procter & Gamble / 501, 503
    Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc./ 201
    Ratoc System Engineering Co., Ltd/ 422
    Ribbond, Inc. / 607
    Salimetrics, LLC / 622
    Scanco USA, Inc. / 407
    Software of Excellence International Ltd/ 409
    Sonicare / 600
    Southern Dental Industries / 107
    Spherix Inc. / 514
    SS White Burs, Inc. / 417
    Straumann / 620
    Sunstar Butler / 306
    Ultradent Products, Inc./ 500, 502
    Waterclave / 302
    Whip Mix Corporation 615
    The Wrigley Company / Island 621

    Exhibitor (Educational)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / 109
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute / 323
    King's College London / 316
    Los Alamos National Laboratory / 207
    Minnesota Craniofacial Research /321
    Training (MinnCResT) Program/ National Data Laboratory, ARS, / 221
    USDA, and University of Iowa National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias/ 314
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Registration Area
    Naval Institute for Dental / 320
    & Biomedical Research New York University / 220
    United States National Library of Medicine / 216
    University of Alberta / 322
    University of California, Los Angeles, / 209
    School of Dentistry
    University of California-San Francisco School of Dentistry / 222
    University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine / 308
    University of Iowa College of Dentistry / 223
    University of Maryland / 214
    University of Michigan School of Dentistry /420
    University of Missouri-Kansas City / 208
    University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, College of Dentistry / 215
    University of Washington School of Dentistry/ 206

    The Exhibition will be held, with the scientific posters, in Halls E & F at the Baltimore Convention Center. Exhibit hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 10, 11, and 12.

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

    The 83rd General Session promises to provide an exciting forum for scientific exchange that should be rewarding for all who attend.