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Dental materials research focus of San Francisco symposium

March 16, 2017

By Kelly Soderlund

San Francisco — A symposium on the role of dental materials research in restorative dentistry is scheduled for March 22 here.

The dental materials session, scheduled for 3:15-4:45 p.m. at the Moscone West convention center, will be held at the annual meetings of the International Association for Dental Research, American Association for Dental Research and Canadian Association for Dental Research. It's geared toward academic and clinical researchers interested in learning more about dental materials science, which is transitioning from traditional synthetic materials toward biological replacements.

Presenters at the symposium, titled "Quo Vadis Dental Materials?", will review the current challenges and future directions of dental material research and the role of adhesive interface and strategies for bond preservation. Drago Skrtic, Ph.D., and Diane Bienek, Ph.D., of the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center, are the co-chairs and organizers of the event.

The presentations include:

  • "Stability of the Adhesive Surface," Dr. Lorenzo Breschi, Ph.D., of the University of Bologna in Italy.
  • "Materials are Here to Stay in Dentistry. Next Steps?", Dr. Robert Kelly, Ph.D., of the University of Connecticut.
  • "Dental Materials Research in the 21st Century," Nikolaos Silikas, Ph.D., of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
  • "Innovation, Priorities and Opportunities in Dental and Biomaterial Research," Orlando Lopez, Ph.D., director of the dental and biomaterials program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health.
For more information or to register for the symposium, visit