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Report from 2013 Clinical Research symposium

When practice meets research - a future full of possibilities

This SJWRI Clinical Research Programme Symposium was held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on June 28. It provided an interesting and collegial day of CPD for those who attended.

The topics covered by our speakers from the Dental School were both informative and thought provoking, highlighting areas where our clinical decisions are more empirical than evidence based, and forward-looking in providing glimpses of what technology can offer. Professor Mike Morgan gave insight into eviDent, the Melbourne Dental Practice Based Research Network, and Professor Janet Clarkson gave an entertaining podcast of the Scottish PBRN.

The feedback received has been very positive and a number of practitioners have expressed an interest in joining our Practice Based Research Network. PBRNs foster relationships between practitioners and academics by investigating research questions of relevance to daily clinical practice. Benefits most often cited include collegiality, learning opportunities and improved patient care.

Our 2013 Symposium programme

  • Suzanne Hanlin – Digital dentistry in Prosthodontics. From CADCAM to Webcam and everything in between
  • Basil Al-Amleh – Ceramic fractures and their origins
  • Andrew Tawse-Smith – Challenges of oral implant maintenance
  • Mike Morgan – Practice based research networks: eviDent
  • Jan Clarkson – Practice based research networks: The UK experience (Podcast)
  • Jonathan Broadbent – The animated dental chart
  • Bernadette Drummond – Management for molar-incisor hypomineralisation with and without enamel breakdown
  • Lara Friedlander – The use of contemporary endodontic techniques to improve patient outcomes

2013 Symposium speakers' bios and research outlines