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AADR COVID-19 Webinar Series


AADR hosted a series of webinars on topics related to COVID-19 over four weeks. Below you can see descriptions of each of these webinars and view recordings of each of these webinars. 



July 22, 2020 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT

COVID-19 and Oral Health: Impacts on Care and Early Insights to Pathogenesis
Speaker: Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Live Participants: Contact registration@iadr.org to request continuing education.

There is an urgent public health need to better understand covid-19 infection in diverse patient populations and in frontline oral health care providers. in this current pandemic, oral infection and transmission is a major concern. the inflammation-driven cytokine storm is a central component of covid-19 pathogenesis. clear evidence demonstrates covid-19 predisposition in those with preexisting inflammatory conditions and shows a well-defined association of elevated inflammatory markers and increased pro-inflammatory cytokines with severe covid-19. this session will discuss what we know of the current pathogenesis of sars cov-2 in the oral cavity and systemically. we will also discuss the implications for oral health care in the context of the current pandemic.


Learning objectives:

  1. To understand known oral and systemic impacts of sarscov2 infection
  2. To understand the relationship of zoonotic infection to pandemic development

View a recording of this webinar below. note that continuing education credit is not available to individuals who view the on demand recording.


Speaker Bio:

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Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque
 is a Professor in the Divisions of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and of Surgical and Craniofacial Care, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry and a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Webster-Cyriaque also serves as the Director of the Viral Oral Infections in Immunosuppression and Cancer (VOIICe) program. She received her D.D.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on oral and maxillofacial as well as oral disease in immunocompromised individuals. Webster-Cyriaque has continued oral disease pathogenesis studies in the broader context of infectious diseases and over the past two decades she has maintained clinical activity primarily focused in medically complex populations including HIV and cancer. Webster-Cyriaque served as the 2019 Chair of the AADR Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and is passionate about training and mentoring a diverse next generation of translational scientists.


July 29, 2020
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT
COVID-19 Research Questions and Our Practice From the Wuhan Experience
Speaker: Zhuan BIAN, Dean and Professor, School & Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, China

Live Participants: Contact registration@iadr.org to request continuing education.

the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic, caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (sars-cov-2), has become a worldwide public health threat due to its high infectivity. inhalation of respiratory droplets or aerosols from the infected individuals during face to face exposure is found to be the most common transmission routes of sars-cov-2. direct contact of a virus-infected surface is another way of transmission. the particularity of aerosol production and prolonged close contact to their patients rendered dentists the highest risk group for contracting covid-19. moreover, researchers have identified the potential role of oral mucosa in sars-cov-2 infection. in this presentation zhuan bian will share his experiences from the school & hospital of stomatology, wuhan university, china in infection control in dental clinic and student management in dental education. there are still questions in need of further dental research in combating with the virus.

learning objectives:

  1. infection control in dental clinic and student management in dental education during covid-19 pandemic.
  2. covid-19 research questions.


view a recording of this webinar below. note that continuing education credit is not available to individuals who view the on demand recording.


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Speaker Bio:

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Zhuan BIAN 
is the Dean and a Professor at the School & Hospital of Stomatology at Wuhan University, China. He is the Vice-president of the Chinese Stomatological Association (CSA), Chairman of Society of Cariology & Endodontics, CSA and Immediate-past Chairman of the Society of Dental Education, CSA. BIAN has been the Executive Director of the IADR Chinese Division since 2009 and he served as an IADR Board of Directors Member from 2015-2018.





August 5, 2020
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT
The Scientific Basis for Delivering Oral Health Care During COVID-19

Live Participants: Contact registration@iadr.org to request continuing education.

Heightened anxiety among oral health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic stems mainly from uncertainties associated with personal protective equipment (PPE) and disease transmission risks from asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. In this webinar, we will review the scientific basis for safely delivering oral health care during an infectious respiratory disease pandemic. We’ll discuss available scientific evidence related to PPE effectiveness, prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in the local community, viral load of SARS CoV-2 in human saliva, rate of transmission from asymptomatic patients to healthcare providers in close contact, probability to acquire an infection from asymptomatic patients in dental offices and the utilities of pre-procedural protocols and portable air filtration systems. While there is currently no objective evidence that demonstrates an increased risk in providing oral health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, there remains many unknowns and knowledge gaps regarding the potential risks a respiratory infectious disease poses to oral health care providers. The global COVID-19 pandemic presents another opportunity to continuously improve our abilities to provide safe and effective services to our patients, while protecting ourselves from work-related risks. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the factors associated with the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in oral health care settings.
  2. Describe transmission-based precautions that minimize the risks of respiratory disease transmission in dental offices.


View a recording of this Webinar below. Note that continuing education credit is not available to individuals who view the on demand recording.


 Webinar Slides


Speaker Bio:

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Yanfang Ren is Professor and Director, Howitt Dental Urgent Care at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York. He graduated from Peking University School of Stomatology, China and received his Ph.D. in odontology in Sweden. Ren completed residency and fellowship training in general dentistry and orofacial pain at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University in Rochester, New York, and received his M.P.H. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, New York. Ren practices general dentistry and provides didactic and clinical training for post-doctoral dental residents and is a clinician scientist involved in clinical and translational oral health research. Ren has published extensively in a broad range of clinical dentistry areas and was the recipient of the EIOH Iranpour Award for Excellence in Clinical Education. He had served on the AADR Fellowship Committee and is currently a member of the IADR Nominating Committee.  


August 12

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT
Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research in the COVID Era
Live Participants: Contact registration@iadr.org to request continuing education.

Moderated by AADR President Mark Herzberg, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Speakers:
Gregg H. Gilbert, The University of Alabama at BirminghamSpeakers:
Stuart A. Gansky, University of California San Francisco
Vesa Kaartinen, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Shannon M. Wallet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The fourth in the AADR COVID Webinar series will be a discussion of research priorities and the importance of maintaining the research enterprise. Moderated by AADR President Mark Herzberg, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, four panelists will discuss the SARS CoV2 research agenda from a dental, oral and craniofacial perspective and how they’ve been able to continue the entire research enterprise (COVID and non-COVID research) in their institutions despite the ongoing COVID-19 challenges. Panelist will be Gregg H. Gilbert, The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Stuart A. Gansky, University of California, San Francisco; Vesa Kaartinen, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Shannon M. Wallet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Please join us for what will be a lively discussion followed by a Question and Answer session. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the breadth of the SARS-CoV2 research agenda relevant to dental, oral and craniofacial research.
  2. Summarize how dental institutions can contribute to increasing the understanding of the novel coronavirus.
  3. Understand how dental institutions can safely continue their research mission despite the constraints of the pandemic. 


View a recording of this Webinar below. Note that continuing education credit is not available to individuals who view the on demand recording.

  Speaker Bios:

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Mark Herzberg is currently serving as the Forty-ninth President of the AADR (2020-21). Herzberg is a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Director emeritus of the Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program. He completed his D.D.S. at the New York University College of Dentistry, New York and his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Oral Biology. Herzberg's current research focuses on survival mechanisms of the commensal oral streptococci, the role of mucosal epithelial cells in protection against infection and the development of cell autonomous antibacterial therapies. These studies have serendipitously led to the discovery of a novel tumor suppressor in head and neck cancer.


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Gregg H. Gilbert is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also serves as Chair of the Department of Clinical & Community Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. His research interests are in the field of oral health clinical research, including practice-based research, oral epidemiology and dental behavioral sciences research. He serves as National Network Director for the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network as a result of funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In 2002, Gilbert received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research.



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Stuart A. Gansky is Professor and Lee Hysan Chair of Oral Epidemiology in the Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, as well as Associate Dean for Research of the School of Dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco. He earned his Dr.P.H. in biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Gansky directs the University of California, San Francisco Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CAN DO) and the NIDCR-funded Coordinating Center to Help Eliminate/Reduce Oral Health Inequalities in Children. Gansky has published more than 135 papers. His research has focused on oral health disparities studies, randomized prevention trials, tobacco initiation prevention and cessation research and methodological issues related to clinical and translational research. His work, along with CAN DO team members, conceptualized a multi-level framework and researches factors related to, and ways to reduce, children’s dental disease.



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Vesa Kaartinen is the Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Oral Health Sciences Ph.D. Program and a Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his M.S. in biochemistry and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Kuopio, Finland. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology and mouse genetics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Kaartinen’s research focuses on understanding the role of morphogens in the pathogenesis of common human birth defects. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and four book chapters.



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Shannon Wallet is the Associate Dean for Research in the Adams School of Dentistry, Interim Chair and Professor in the Division of Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wallet’s research is focused on mechanisms associated with altered innate immune functions, which lead to dysregulated adaptive immunity. Currently, her laboratory focuses on the contribution of epithelial cell biology and signaling to innate and adaptive immune homeostasis and dysfunction. Wallet has been an active member of the IADR/AADR since 2007. She currently serves as the Councilor for the AADR North Carolina Section and Secretary of the AADR Microbiology and Immunology Interest Group.





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The International Association for Dental Research designates each webinar activity for 1 continuing education credits.