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Dean Ferrillo Participates in Rio de Janeiro Conference to Kick Off Global Caries Initiative

Dean Ferrillo recently participated in the Rio Caries Conference.

July  15, 2009

Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, met this week with international dental leaders at a conference to kick off the Global Caries Initiative, an ambitious 10-year project to address the global public health challenge of dental decay.

The Rio Caries Conference, held July 14-16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, brought together leading experts from the international dental community. Representatives explored solutions to meet the challenge of the burden of dental caries and improve the quality of life for communities in Latin America, and worked to produce a "Call to Action".

As part of the conference proceedings, Dean Ferrillo gave a presentation, "Leading Global Change in Undergraduate and Post Graduate Cariology Education." Ferrillo discussed some of the challenges and actions needed to bring about a change in priorities, and discussed possible models, such as the Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA).

The Global Caries Initiative seeks to reverse the scourge of this disease among millions of people worldwide. The initiative will establish an integrated solution to the global public health challenge of dental caries through a collaborative global network of key dental stakeholders. The Initiative's ultimate goal is to establish a new paradigm for managing dental caries, one that is based on current knowledge of the disease process and its prevention, so as to deliver optimal oral and thus general health and well being to all peoples.

The Rio Caries Conference was produced through a partnership of key international dental organizations including the FDI World Dental Federation, International Association for Dental Research and International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations.

Category Type: Special Events, Dental Issues and Research

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