Indian Journal of Dental Research

: 2020  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 337-

Research in asia pacific region

SM Balaji 
 Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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S M Balaji
Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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The world as we knew it has undergone a metamorphosis. The oral health-care delivery system as well as the explosion of knowledge on the novel SARS COVID-19 virus has been shown to be extremely dynamic. In the past 100 days, we have witnessed changes that the world has never seen.[1] This is also a situation to invest in our basic sciences research and increase our frontiers.[2],[3] These changes and challenges have demonstrated the need to postpone/shift the fundamental models of academic society meetings too.[4],[5] With this change comes greater responsibilities and interaction. In addition, the implications are numerous. Our society and the parent body, International Association for Dental Research (IADR), holds the health of our members and delegates as a top priority and did not wish to place speakers and delegates at hardships on health and travel risk. Hence, with a heavy heart, the meetings were canceled.

In the interim, like all scientific societies, we too witnessed a surge in the digital format of the meetings.[4],[5] In this regard, we sensed increased patronage and visibility. Seizing this opportunity, the IADR-Asia Pacific Regional (APR) Organization under the leadership of Prof. Jin, Lijian has envisioned an IADR-APR Youth Researcher Forum, an online-based monthly meeting. The idea of the meeting is to showcase the young dental researchers in the region to the peers in the entire APR. This would foster dental research collaboration between Asia Pacific nations, groom future dental researchers, and increase the reach of IADR-APR activities across the fraternity. We are launching this program in the last week of July and hopefully, the success of the inaugural program will help us to conduct more programs in the months to come.

At present, this meeting invitation would be on an invite format and latter, extended to all interested participants. This online, regular meeting and interaction, in my opinion, would increase and help the dental researchers across the region to propel their career as a dental researcher. I wish that all our members take an active interest in these meetings and make the best use of the facility.


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