Keynote Speakers

Professor Raman Bedi

Chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund

Emeritus Professor King’s College London

Raman Bedi was Chief Dental Officer – England from October 2002 to October 2005. Some notable developments during this period include him leading the team which led to establishment, in law, the Health and Social Care Act (dental clauses) 2004, Water Act (Fluoridation) 2004 and the Section 60 (2005) order reforming the General Dental Council.

He was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Bristol (2003) for his contribution to dental research and a Doctor of Humane Letters (2010) by AT Still University (Arizona) for his contribution to the social sciences. He has published over 200 scientific papers    Since 2012 he has chaired the World Federation of Public Health Associations oral health working group.

President of the British Society for Disability and Oral Health (2002), President of the Education Research Group (IADR) (2002–2004) and chair of the IADR Regional Development Programme Committee (2002–2004).

Professor Jerry Feng

Dr. Feng holds 3 NIH R01 (two as PI and one as Co-I), and has published 175 publications in his career including ones appearing in Science, Nature Medicine, eLife, and PNAS. He has also co-authored 13 book chapters. The major contributions of his lab to scientific communities include: 

1. Identifying a novel genetic disease named autosomal recessive hypophosphatemic rickets;

2. Demonstration of osteocyte (a bone cell that was treated as a “retired bone builder”) as an endocrine cell and the key cell for mineralization; and

3. The discovery of the direct transdifferentiation of cartilage cells into bone cells, and raising a new theory that chondrogenesis and osteogenesis are one continuous process with two separate phases during development.

Recently, he made astonishing new findings: tendon cells form bone, and the autograft tendon significantly restores periodontitis-caused bone loss. This vital first step forms a basis for the developing novel treatments or therapeutics for different PDL and bone diseases.

Professor Jack Ferracane

Jack Ferracane is Professor and Chair of Restorative Dentistry, and Division Director of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Ferracane earned his Ph.D. in Biological Materials at Northwestern University.  He is a founding fellow and past-President of the Academy of Dental Materials.  He is a past-President of the Dental Materials Group of the IADR, and past-President of the American Association for Dental Research. 

He serves on the editorial board of ten journals, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Dental Research and Odontology. He has authored or co-authored several textbooks, and has published and lectured globally on dental materials. His current research interests are in developing new dental composites and adhesives with antimicrobial and remineralizing potential. He also is actively involved in conducting dental clinical research in the private practice setting.

Prof. Dana Graves

Dana Graves completed his DDS training at Columbia University in 1980, and a certificate in Periodontology and DMSc in Oral Biology from Harvard University in 1984. Prior to his arrival at Penn Dental Medicine he was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center from 1985-87, and at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine from 1987-90. He was promoted to Associate Professor from 1990-93 and then to Professor in 1993. From 2008-2010, Dr. Graves was Chair and Professor of Periodontics at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Since arriving at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Dr. Graves been Professor of Periodontics and is currently the Vice Dean for Research and Scholarship. He has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Periodontics and as Interim Dean of the School. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Dental Research. He has received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Research in Periodontal Disease and the Wound Healing Research Scholarship Award from the Wound Healing Society. Dr. Graves’ research focuses on inflammation, diabetes, bone, soft tissue wound healing, periodontics and diabetes. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers including leading journals such as Science, PNAS, Diabetes, JBMR, J Cell Biology and Cell Host & Microbe and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1985.

Professor Tara Renton

Tara (Specialist in Oral Surgery) is a dentist with a particular interest in trigeminal nerve injuries and pain. After completing her Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in Melbourne in 1991, Tara undertook a PhD in Trigeminal Nerve Injury at King’s College London (1999-2003). She was later appointed Senior Lecturer at QMUL and then was awarded her chair in 2006 at Kings College London.

Over the past 12 years, Tara has lead the teaching of dental students modernising the Oral Surgical teaching with minimal access approach and modern LA techniques. She has established an academic training programme, which now has taught five Academic Oral Surgery SpRs of which, three are undertaking PhDs. The first UK based masters in orofacial pain is being launched in 2018. In collaboration with IoP KCL and Imperial College, Tara has established an international leading programme of trigeminal nerve injury and orofacial pain research. A patient-lead initiative resulted in the development of the, a website advising both patients and clinicians in preventing and managing iatrogenic nerve injury in relation to dentistry. Tara co-edited the recently published BDA clinical manual for Oral Surgery Books I and II. She is editor of Dental Update Series of Pain papers. She is Clinical Lead for Orofacial Pain at KCHFT working with MDTs at INPuT (GSTT).

Tara is a team member developing Sphenopalaine ganglion stimulation services at GSTT and KCHFT. The Nationally recognised orofacial pain service recruits most patients to portfolio CRN studies and this is facilitated by a patient front-facing website for patients with chronic trigeminal pain ( Tara is an elected member of the RCS England FDS Board, the RCS Eng National advisor for Oral Surgery, member of the Oral Surgery SAC, Dental Senate and Chair for development of Dental Extraction LocSSIPs. She represents dentistry on the National Surgical Safety Board (NatSSIPs), she is London South CRN Oral Health lead and she is an elected council member for BAOS (Past President). Tara sits on BSHDT and Dental Update editorial boards. Tara is visiting professor at Leuven University and frequently lectures nationally and internationally, she was recently awarded Honorary Fellowship to AAOMS.

Professor Lone Schou

DDS (CPH), PhD (CPH), PhD (Edin), MPA (CPH)

Lone Schou is an internationally well-known speaker with more than hundred presentations all over the world. She has a track record of high quality research publications on Dental Public Health and in particularly Oral Health Promotion.

She graduated from the Royal College of Dentistry in Copenhagen and took her first PhD in Oral Health Education and Promotion from there. Her second PhD is from University of Edinburgh on Oral Health Promotion and Oral Health Policies in Europe.

In addition to her academic achievements she has extensive experience in senior management and leadership. She was the Dental Dean at University of Copenhagen and also held positions as Publishing Director for two of the major Medical and Dental Publishers.

Currently she holds positions as Adj. Professor University College of London and Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore.

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