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57th International Association for Dental Research student award winners

57th International Association for Dental Research student award winners

The 57th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Annual Scientific Meeting was attended by 180 delegates on 25-27 September. The conference was held in the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building and Professor Angus Walls (IADR President) and Dr Christopher Fox (Executive Director of IADR) attended for the duration of the conference.

Congratulations to Simona Gatej and Dunia Khider, who represented the Adelaide Dental School and won the senior and junior (respectively) Colgate sponsored poster competition. Simona and Dunia were competing against 11 other students in each category from dental schools across Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific region. They received their awards at the gala dinner, held at the Adelaide Oval. Simona’s presentation was entitled “Local and Systemic Effects of Probiotics in Induced periodontitis” and Dunia’s presentation was entitled “Disruption of endodontic biofilms using plasma polymer encapsulated D-amino acids.”

Both Simona and Dunia are members of Translational Research in Oral Health Science and will now be competing for the Unilever Hatton Award at the IADR General Session to be held in London during late July 2018. Their prize consists of a return airfare, four nights of accommodation in London, and registration to the general session—which is attended by approximately 4000 delegates.

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