Conference on dental research opens (Dawn (Pakistan))

A three-day international conference on dental research was inaugurated at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) here on Friday.

Pak Association for Dental Research President Dr Imran Rahbar, Executive Director Dr Abdul Samad Khan, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Aslam and adviser to chief minister on health Khawaja Salman Rafique attended the conference.

The conference being organized in collaboration with the Pak Association of Dental Research will see key speakers from Canada, the UK, the US, New Zealand, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

There will be more than 150 oral and poster presentations. Almost 90 national speakers were gathering from all over Pakistan to talk about different research areas of dentistry such as behavioral and epidemiologic health services, clinical dental research, craniofacial biology, cancer research, dental materials, education research, implantlogy research, microbiology/immunology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral biology and regenerative medicine, oral medicine and pathology, orthodontics, periodontal research, pharmacology and therapeutics and prosthodontic research.

The conference is also hosting a clinical session in collaboration with other major national organizations, including the Pakistan Dental Association, Pakistan Association of Orthodontists, Pakistan Prothodontists Association, Pakistan Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pakistan, Association of Restorative Dentistry, Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, COMSATS IIT, and Society of Dental Materials Pakistan.

Continuous Dental Education (CDE) credit hours will be issued to all participants on the basis of their attendance and presence during the sessions.

For complete three-day scientific session, 16 credit hours will be issued. For the first time in Pakistan, Radio Frequency (RF) cards will be provided to each participant to digitally record and calculate the credit hours throughout the conference.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Prof Aslam said that efforts were being made to overcome the shortage of faculty in medical and dental colleges.

He urged the need to communicate proceedings of the conference to the policy-makers.