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AADR symposium emphasizes research at the practice level

November 03, 2014

by Jean Williams

San Antonio — Science and research as they relate to practice were in focus at the seventh annual AADR Fall Focused Symposium here, Oct. 7-8, preceding ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting.

Holding the AADR annual symposium in conjunction with the ADA annual meeting was a first, said Timothy A. DeRouen, Ph.D., AADR president, who conferred with the ADA Division of Science to focus the 2014 symposium’s theme: Research Translated Into Practice.

The idea was “to create more interaction between practitioners and researchers on some topics that are relevant to the practice of dentistry,” Dr. DeRouen said. “We tried to choose topics that, from discussions, seemed to be relevant at this point in time in the practice of dentistry.”

The goal was to present a selection of hearty scientific discussions on various topics and examine the relative research and evidence so that participating dentists could decide, in hindsight, whether they should adjust aspects of how they practice, Dr. DeRouen said.

Seven panel discussions included: Challenges and Solutions to Implementing Evidence-based Practice; The Epidemiology and Clinical Implications of HPV-associated Oropharyngeal Cancer; Efficacy of Mineral Trioxide Aggregate Use for Direct Pulp Capping in Adults; Digital Dentistry: Evidence for Clinical Efficiency and Efficacy; Third Molars: To Extract or Not to Extract?; Personalized Oral Health Care and Its Potential Impact on Dental Practice; and Opportunities for Practitioners to Participate in Research: The National Dental Practice-based Research Network.

Participants also were privy to networking opportunities and a selection of scientific poster presentations.

Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA senior vice president for Science and Professional Affairs, joined Dr. DeRouen in opening remarks to welcome participants and set the stage for a day of rigorous scientific discussions.

Dr. Robert Weyant accepted the ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award, a new joint honor that the two organizations created, during the symposium.

“Our attempt to select topics relevant to dental practice was apparently on target, as evidenced by the lively questions and discussions that followed the presentations,” Dr. DeRouen said.