July 05, 2011
Experts from around the world recently gathered in Mumbai, India for the country's first International Symposium on Oral Cancer, Tobacco Cessation and Dental Caries. The event, which was hosted by the FDI World Dental Federation and organized by the Indian Dental Association, took place June 3-4, 2011.
Dr. Nader Nadershahi, executive associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, made the trip to speak to colleagues, learn more about the global state of oral cancer and caries, and meet with international partners. Representatives from the FDI, World Health Organization and International Association for Dental Research were among the educators and researchers attending the event.
At the symposium, Nadershahi also discussed the activities of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA), an organization in which he currently serves as vice president on the board of directors. He provided suggestions on how the federation could partner with international oral cancer institutions and dental associations in efforts to raise awareness about oral cancer and collaborate on education and prevention to reduce incidents of the disease.
"If you look at the WHO data, oral cancer affects every population and country throughout the world," said Nadershahi. "To raise awareness of oral cancer and improve our prevention efforts, international collaboration is essential."
He added, "The international symposium our Indian colleagues hosted was a valuable opportunity for global leaders to exchange information and move forward together to make strides in oral cancer education and prevention, especially in the South Asian region with such high incidence of the disease."
The Dugoni School of Dentistry has created and fostered many relationships with oral health organizations and schools around the world. Collaboration with international dental colleagues is key to strengthening dental education and improving oral health worldwide, school leaders believe.
In support of its global outreach and leadership, the dental school has built strong ties with IFDEA. In addition to Nadershahi's involvement, Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. currently serves as president of IFDEA's board of directors, and faculty member Anders Nattestad is executive director.
A global community of dental educators who have joined together to improve oral health worldwide by sharing knowledge and raising standards, IFDEA serves as a source of information, best practices, news and professional development for the many regional dental education associations, academic dental institutions and individual dental educators throughout the world. For more information about IFDEA, visit http://www.ifdea.org.
Category Type: Special Events, Dental Issues and Research
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