Organising Committee

Camile Farah - Chair

BDSc, MDSc (OralMed OralPath), PhD, GCEd (HE), GCExLead, FRACDS (OralMed), FOMAA, FIAOO, FICD, FPFA

Dean & Head, UWA Dental School, University of Western Australia

Director, Oral Health Centre of Western Australia

Professor of Oral Oncology

Convenor, Oral Medicine Postgraduate Training Program

Oral Medicine Specialist, Perth Oral Medicine & Dental Sleep Centre

Professor Camile Farah is Professor of Oral Oncology, Dean and Head of the UWA Dental School, and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA, at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Farah is a registered specialist in both Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology with sub- specialty training in Oral Oncology. Professor Farah has interests in clinical oral medicine (mucosal pathology, salivary gland diseases, orofacial pain), diagnostic head and neck pathology (oral cancer and precancer), and oral and maxillofacial radiology (Cone Beam CT). He maintains a part-time private practice in Oral Medicine, is Consultant Oral Pathologist to Qscan Radiology Clinics, Convenor of the postgraduate training program in Oral Medicine at the UWA Dental School, a member of the Head & Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and Director of the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education (ACORE), where he undertakes clinical and translational research into head and neck cancer early detection, molecular diagnostics, and imaging. He has mentored over 50 postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff.

Professor Farah obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Western Australia, and practiced dentistry while completing a PhD in Oral Pathology & Immunology, and his specialist training in Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.

Professor Farah has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications including 18 book chapters, and has attracted approximately $7.5 million in competitive research funding, and has been involved in other successful collaborative grants totalling approximately $10 million. He has an H-index of 34. His research interests in oral oncology span optical imaging systems (Optical Fluorescence Imaging and Narrow Band Imaging), molecular genomics (Next Generation Sequencing), and clinical trials in early cancer detection and surgical margin delineation. Professor Farah established ACORE in an effort to leverage his academic, clinical and industry partnerships for the advancement of oral oncology translational research, personalised patient care, patient and clinician education and professional development, and overall advocacy for patients with head and neck cancer.

Professor Farah is a Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia, the International Academy of Oral Oncology, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is Associate Editor of “Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine” and “Oral Cancer”, and a Reviewing Editor for “Oral Diseases” and “Scientific Reports”. He is a Past President of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and served as its Inaugural President, Past President of the Australian & New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research, Chairman-elect of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and past Chairman of its Research Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the IADR Awards Review Committee, and a judge for the prestigious IADR Unilever Hatton Award. He is a regular speaker at national and international meetings, and is lead co-author and co-editor of the new authoritative textbook “Contemporary Oral Medicine” published by Springer which has become the benchmark for text for the discipline of oral medicine, co-authored with 150 colleagues from 23 different countries comprising 45 chapters divided into three sections.

Professor Farah has more than 20 years’ experience in dental academia, research, industry and the private sector. He has held various leadership roles in dental academia including Head of Department of Oral Biology & Pathology at UQ from 2007-2008, and Deputy Head of School from 2009-2012, with directorships in Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Development, Research, Clinical Services, Placements and External Affairs. Professor Farah has also owned and operated private practices in dentistry, oral medicine and diagnostic imaging.

Laurie Walsh

Professor Laurence Walsh is based at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry in Brisbane, where he is the research group leader in advanced materials and technologies, and the discipline lead for special needs dentistry. The work of his research group is interdisciplinary and  has a strong focus on translation to clinical practice. He has published widely on the use of novel materials, diagnostic devices and treatment technologies, and overseen laboratory studies and human clinical trials, with over 300 journal publications.

Sašo Ivanovski

BDSc (Hons), BDentSt, MDSc (Perio), PhD, FICD, FADI

Saso Ivanovski is a clinician-scientist who completed a PhD at The University of Queensland in 2000, followed by specialist clinical training (MDSc) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Molecular Biosciences. In 2006, he was appointed the inaugural Chair and Professor of Periodontology at Griffith University and subsequently served as Deputy Head of School (Research). In 2017, Saso returned to The University of Queensland School of Dentistry as Professor of Periodontology and Director of Research. Saso has published over 130 articles in the peer-reviewed international literature and leads a research group with an interest in dental regeneration, additive manufacturing, tissue engineering and oral implantology.

Sarbin Ranjitkar

BDS, BScDent (Hons), PhD

Sarbin Ranjitkar is the Treasurer for the IADR, ANZ Division. He is appointed as a senior lecturer in dental materials in the Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide and also maintains a part-time clinical practice. He teaches adhesive materials, biology of occlusion and head and neck anatomy in the undergraduate dental program and supervises research projects at postgraduate level. He is involved with structural, mechanical and chemical characterisation of bioceramic materials (including enamel, dentine and bone), with implications in the fields of dental erosion and craniosynostosis. Sarbin has been involved with the IADR since 1998 when he joined as an undergraduate student. He was a recipient of the Oral Biology Award from the Division in 2014.

Boyen Huang

Professor Boyen Huang was appointed as the Head of School at Charles Sturt University School of Dentistry and Health Sciences in January 2015. Before joining CSU, he held teaching and research posts at the University of Western Australia (2004-2009), Kyoto University (2009-2011) and James Cook University (2012-2015). He has also served as the President of the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) (2017-present), the Vice President of the ANZ Division of IADR (2015-2017), the Secretary of the ANZ Division of IADR (2013-2015), the Asia-Pacific Councillor to the Paediatric Oral Health Group of the IADR (2014-2015), and a domestic councillor to the IADR (2006-2009, 2012-2015). In addition, he is serving on the editorial board for several international dental journals. He is also a peer reviewer for dozens of scientific journals related to medicine, dentistry and public health, and an assessor/panel member of grant proposals to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (2012-2016). Of further note, he has worked in private practice as a general and paediatric dentist (1996-2000, 2002-2003).