Joint 37th IADR-SEA and 2nd IOHS hosted in Singapore by NDRIS

The Joint 37th International Association of Dental Researchers, Southeast Asia Scientific Meeting (IADR-SEA) and 2nd International Oral Health Symposium (IOHS) started on 23 Nov under the theme ‘Applying oral research excellence to advocate oral health for all’.

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From 23-25 Nov, the National Dental Research Institute Singapore (NDRIS), the research arm of the National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS), will host visitors at the Singapore General Hospital Campus in what is said to be South East Asia’s largest scientific dental conference

The conference will see an assembly of about 450 oral health researchers, scientists and oral health professionals from member countries in ASEAN as well as international researchers from Australia, Sweden, Japan and Hong Kong to showcase their research activities, foster collaborations and expand their collaborative research network.

At the opening ceremony, the guest-of-honour associate professor Chng Chai Kiat, chief dental officer for the Ministry of Health welcomed the guests and highlighted the importance of collaborations in advancing oral care.

“Oral health surveillance studies are crucial in providing quality data to enable effective policymaking and health system planning. Research helps us to further identify critical gaps in oral disease levels and trends. This includes knowledge about their aetiology, impact, treatment needs, priorities and management. Plugging these gaps through research helps to improve our health as a whole, while serving as a key driver for innovation in the delivery of quality oral care,” said prof Chng.

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After the opening address, prof Marco Peres, Deputy CEO Research & Education, NDCS, gave a plenary lecture on ‘Achieving universal oral health coverage for all is necessary but not sufficient’. He spoke of his strong support of the notion of universal health coverage and highlighted areas in need of improvement.

A panel discussion followed where assoc prof Waranuch Pitiphat, Thailand, prof Edward Lo, Hong Kong SAR, prof Hoang Trong Hung, Vietnam, and prof Callum Durward, Cambodia, expounded on the current situation and challenges of oral health in their respective regions.  

Some of the key topics that will be covered include universal oral health coverage, oral systemic health connection, microbiome modulation and periodontal disease, artificial intelligence, orofacial devices, and digital dentistry technologies. 

A line-up of 60 local and international speakers will present on such topics through the event’s programme of ‘lunch & learn’ sessions, workshops and lectures. Over 212 submissions for abstracts were received and displayed in various poster sessions across the event venue for visitors and its authors to engage in.

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Against a backdrop of growing burden of oral diseases worldwide with 3.5 billion people afflicted, the socio-economic burden they bring from direct costs such as treatment expenditures and indirect costs from lowered productivity due to absenteeism from work or school and reduced quality of life for those afflicted, can be substantial. The convergence of international dental researchers and oral health professionals at the IADR-SEA scientific meeting and IOHS plays a significant role in fostering collaboration and continuous learning for impactful research to improve oral health outcomes. 

The IADR was established to promote research in all aspects of craniofacial, oral and dental research and to encourage development of improved methods for the prevention and treatment of oral and dental diseases, so as to improve the oral health of the public. The IADR-SEA is its Southeast Asian Division, with member countries including Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The IOHS stems from a collaborative platform between the NDCS and oral health research institutes in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Sweden.

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