Featured Presentations

Distinguished Lecture Series Speakers

Hands-on Workshops

Hands-on Workshop #2 is sold out.

Keynote Lectures

Lunch & Learnings

Lunch & Learning Tables #2, #3, #4, #6, #7, #8, #9 and #13 are sold out.

Meet-a-Mentor Lunch (students only)

Meet-a-Mentor Lunch Table #1 is sold out.

NIH Activities




Each Scientific Group/Network has been given the option to invite a keynote speaker to give an overview of research in that area of expertise. Delegates can benefit from these 30-minute presentations by getting an overall understanding of what is currently being done in other disciplines. Note: The schedule information for all keynotes will be released in mid-December with the online Scientific Program. 

Cariology Research

Brian Clarkson (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)

Future Trends in Caries Research

Wednesday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.

Craniofacial Biology

Lynne Opperman (Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA)

Translational Research and Technology in Craniofacial Development

Thursday, March 20, 10:45 a.m.

Dental Materials

Alex Fok (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

An Engineer’s Approach to Designing and Assessing Dental Restorations

Wednesday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.

Christopher N. Bowman (University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado, USA)

Novel Polymers and Polymerization Approaches Toward the Next Generation of Dental Composites

Wednesday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.

Siegward D. Heintze (Ivoclar Vivadent, Liechtenstein)

Wear of Dental Materials and its Clinical Significance

Thursday, March 20, 8 a.m.

Pekka Vallittu (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)

Fiber-reinforced Composites as Medical and Dental Reconstructive Biomaterials

Thursday, March 20, 8 a.m.

Joe Oxman (3M ESPE)

Curing at Light Speed. Can We Defy Laws of Physics?

Friday, March 21, 8 a.m.

Jack Ferracane (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA)

Is Carefree Bulk Filling of Dental Composite Restorations a Reality?

Saturday, March 22, 8 a.m.

Mineralized Tissue

John Bartlett (Forsyth Institute & Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Cambridge, Mass., USA)

Matrix Proteins and Proteinases in Normal and Pathological Enamel Development

Thursday, March 20, 10:45 a.m.

Pulp Biology & Regeneration Research

Imad About ((Faculte d’odontologie, Aix-Marseille Universite, France)

Direct Pulp Capping with Calcium Silicate and its Consequences

Thursday, March 20, 10:45 a.m.

Gottfried Schmalz (University of Regensburg, Germany)

Cell-based vs Cell-free approaches to Dental Pulp Regeneration

Friday, March 21, 8 a.m.

Salivary Diagnostics

Stefan Ruhl (SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA)

Studies on the Salivary Proteome – Oral Microbiome Interface

Thursday, March 20, 8 a.m.



WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Benign Tumors of the Jaws: Paradigm Shifts in Research and Management

Sponsored by: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine & Pathology

Organizers: Ahn Lee (University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, PA, USA); Zachary Peacock (Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA)

Improving Oral Health in Older Adults: Multiple approaches

Sponsored by: Geriatric Oral Research

Organizer: Bei Wu (Duke University, School of Nursing and Global Health Institute, Durham, NC, USA)

Surveillance of Periodontitis: Updates and Future Direction

Sponsored by: Periodontal Research

Organizer: Paul I. Eke (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA)

THURSDAY, March 20, 8 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Enamel and Dentin Proteins: Stem Cell Biology and Therapeutics

Sponsored by: Craniofacial Biology, Mineralized Tissue, Stem Cell Biology

Organizer: Jeremy Mao (Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY, USA)

Biomarkers in Gingival Crevicular Fluid (GCF): Current Paradigm Shifts in Dentistry

Sponsored by: Craniofacial Biology

Organizer: Wellington Rody (University of Florida, Orthodontics, Gainesville, FL, USA)

THURSDAY, March 20, 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Regenerative Endodontics: Present and Future

Sponsored by: Pulp Biology and Regeneration

Organizer: Anibal Diogenes (University of Texas at San Antonio, Endodontics, San Antonio, TX, USA)

B Cell-mediated Inflammation and Disease: Mechanisms and Treatment Opportunities

Sponsored by: Microbiology/Immunology, Periodontal Research

Organizers: Alpdogan Kantarci (The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA); Barbara Nikolajczyk (Boston University, Microbiology, Boston, MA, USA); Shinya Murakami (Osaka University, Periodontology, Osaka, Japan); Jeffrey L. Ebersole (University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry, Lexington, KY, USA)

Omics Applications in Oral Health Research and Clinical Practice

Sponsored by: Oral Health Research, Periodontal Research

Organizer: Shinya Murakami (Osaka University, Periodontology, Osaka, Japan); M. A. Klukowska (Procter & Gamble Company, Mason, OH, USA); Alpdogan Kantarci (The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA)

Salivary Gland Organ Dynamics: From Development to Regeneration

Sponsored by: Salivary Research

Organizers:  Matthew P. Hoffman (NIDCR/NIH, Matrix and Morphogenesis Section, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology, Bethesda, MD, USA); Olga J. Baker (State University of New York at Buffalo, Oral Biology, Buffalo, NY, USA)

FRIDAY, March 21, 8 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Dental Therapists in the Oral Health Workforce: The Canadian Experience

Sponsored by: Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network, Pediatric Oral Health Research

Organizer: Kavita Mathu-Muju (University of British Columbia, Oral Health Science, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biological Basis of Aging in Dental Assessment and Treatment

Sponsored by: Geriatric Oral Research, Oral Medicine & Pathology, Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology

Organizer: Ken Yaegaki (Nippon Dental University, Oral Health, Tokyo, Japan)

FRIDAY, March 21, 8 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Dental Research: Diverse Career Paths and Opportunities

Sponsored by: Women in Science Group, IADR Star Network and National Student Research Group

Organizers: Patricia Ines Diaz (University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA); Mary MacDougall (University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry, Birmingham, AL, USA); Joshua Emrick (University of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA)

FRIDAY, March 21, 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. 

An Interdisciplinary Framework for Pediatric Oral Health Research

Sponsored by: Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research, Pediatric Oral Health Research

Organizer: Kimon Divaris (University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry, Koury Oral Health Institute, Chapel Hill, NC, USA)

Water Fluoridation: Safety Efficacy and Value in Oral Health Care

Sponsored by: Cariology Research

Chair: Stephen H. Abrams (Cliffcrest Dental Office ,Toronto, ON, Canada)

Moving Dental Composites Beyond Methacrylate-based Resins

Sponsored by: Dental Materials

Organizer: Jeffrey W. Stansbury (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA)

Anti-Resorptive Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws: Current Clinical Concepts and Research Advances

Sponsored by: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, American Association or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Organizer: Tara Aghaloo (University of California – Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

SATURDAY, March 22, 8 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Revisiting the Hydrodynamic Theory in the Age of Molecular Pain

Sponsored by: Geriatric Oral Research, Neuroscience, Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology

Organizers: Tara Renton (King’s College London, Dental Institute, London, England); Andy Grant ((King’s College London, Dental Institute, London, England)

Molecular Mechanisms of Odontogenesis

Sponsored by: Mineralized Tissue

Organizer: Elia Beniash (University of Pittsburgh, Oral Biology, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

New Perspectives on Zirconia: Implications of Metastability

Sponsored by: Dental Materials, Implantology Research, Prosthodontics Research

Organizer: Isabelle Denry (University of Iowa, Prosthodontics, Iowa City, IA, USA)

Toward an Academic Career in Dentistry: The NIH-MRSP Students’ Experience

Sponsored by: Education Research, National Research Students Group

Organizers: Kyle V. Holmberg (University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN, USA); Conrado J. Aparicio , (University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN, USA)