More than 100 delegates from Ireland and across the world gathered in UCC recently for the Irish Division annual scientific meeting of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). International visitors travelled from the Netherlands, the United States, Hong Kong, India and Japan, including IADR CEO Christopher Fox and Pan European President Jukka Meurman.
Professors Mark Ferguson and Helen Whelton were the two keynote speakers on the day, with Dr Seamus O’Hickey delivering his inaugaral lecture, which will continue as a biannual event hosted by the Irish Division.
The meeting encouraged oral and poster presentations from all delegates and approximately 50 abstracts were accepted for presentation. A number of prizes were awarded to undergraduate and postgraduate presenters. Rebecca Clarke from Queen’s University Belfast was awarded first place in the Irish Division postgraduate competition for her presentation ‘An in vitro model of nociceptors in human trigeminal nerves’, while the undergraduate prize, sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent, went to Rebecca Eves, also from Queen’s, for her presentation ‘The role of myofibroblasts in head and neck cancer’. Both will travel to the next IADR general session in Cape Town to represent the Irish Division.
The Irish Division Public Dental Health and Health Promotion prize, sponsored by the Dental Health Foundation, was
awarded to Dr Una McAuliffe from UCC for her presentation, ‘A retrospective study of dental general anaesthesia and financial considerations’. Dr Emma Warren from UCC took home the Irish Division/Royal College of Surgeons Postgraduate Clinical Prize for her presentation on ‘Comparison of anaesthetic regime in patients undergoing third molar extraction’.
A centenary poster prize was sponsored by Kin Panex for the best poster presentation at the meeting, and this was awarded to Yu Lao, Queen’s University Belfast, for his poster on ‘Evaluating the antifungal activity of a novel truncated antimicrobial peptide’.
More information about the IADR Irish Division can be found at www.iadr.ie, including details of membership, future meetings, contact details and prize competitions.