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Register now for conference focusing on genetics in dentistry

September 21, 2015

By Michelle Manchir

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Dr. Ciancio

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Dr. Meyer

Registration is open for a first-of-its-kind meeting about current issues involved in genetic testing hosted by the American Dental Association in collaboration with the Task Force on Design and Analysis.

Academicians, dental practitioners, regulatory bodies and leaders of professional dental organizations are encouraged to attend the conference, Navigating the Sea of Genomic Data, scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at the Association Headquarters in Chicago.

Conference admission is $295 and attendees can earn 10.25 continuing education credits.

The purpose of the conference is to develop a framework for guidance that can be used to inform and assess the design and analysis of genomic studies of oral diseases, according to conference organizers.

Conference co-chairs include Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA chief science officer; Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association and professor and William M. Feagans Chair, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; and Dr. Seb Ciancio, executive director, Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, distinguished service professor and chair, Department of Periodontics and Endodontics, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

“The conference is open to all professional communities of interest, including clinicians, scientists, expert opinion leaders, regulators and industry stakeholders,” said Dr. Meyer. “The program is designed to collect, share and disseminate the most up-to-date information to help address current research questions, clinical challenges and patient care issues.”

The conference will mark the first time renowned genomic experts from a variety of medical and dental organizations have come together to discuss pressing research, academic and clinical issues related to genetic testing in the context of oral health care, organizers said.

Among the distinguished speakers is John Ioannidis, M.D., a professor at Stanford University, who is a leader in genomic/genetic research.

Other conference speakers include experts in genomic research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Children’s National Health System, the Cleveland Clinic, Emory University and the University of Michigan.

A June ADA News story announcing the conference generated a lot of interest, said Dr. Ciancio.

“I received numerous inquiries about registration, fees and future planned conferences on the topic of genomics,” said Dr. Ciancio. “Many commented on their appreciation that the conference was planned and stated that this is the right timing for such a conference since they were anxious to be updated in this rapidly emerging area of information.”

For more information or to register, visit