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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 701-702
25th ISDR Conference

Balaji Dental & Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Date of Web Publication3-May-2013

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Balaji S M. 25th ISDR Conference. Indian J Dent Res 2012;23:701-2

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Dear Fraternity Colleagues

This issue is after the successful conduct and celebration of our 25 th National and first International conference of our association. We had pioneering researchers from all over the world participating in this meeting. We had overseas delegates too. This reflects the growing popularity of our association. I am thankful to Prof. Rena D'Souza, President, American Association for Dental Research for her presence among us. Her presence was truly inspiring. The participation of other researchers from several leading countries installed the essence of research and its emerging role in oral health care delivery. We had representation from European Union, Middle East, Hong Kong and Korea. I am thankful to all those eminent professors and researchers who made it to this meeting. Our members were introduced to the current world technologies and research methodologies through the Pre-conference courses. I hope all these were immensely beneficial to dentists, post-graduate students and staffs alike. The enthusiastic and wide spread participation, both in quantity and quality by all delegates is a welcome change.

For the first time in Indian Society for Dental Research conference history, numerous overseas speakers and delegates participated in the event. There had been discussion on all branches of dentistry including dental education and immigration issues faced by Indian diasporas. With more young dental workforce coming out from Indian dental schools, immigration has been looked as a choice. [1] Meaningful utilization of Indian dental workforce is the need of the hour. [2],[3] The work of Dr. MadanBalasubramaninam, an invited speaker, deserves commendation in this regard. [4] Similarly, the works done by global child dental fund under Prof. Raman Bedi deserves rich appreciation.

The phenomenon growth of this organization within a short span of 25 years is truly remarkable. We have jointly acquired and met many successful milestones. At this juncture, I would like to appreciate and remember the contribution of our founder members, past office-bearers who have all contributed to this organization. Today, we are at the verge, where dentistry is returning to treatment of oral and dental diseases rather than esthetic restoration. With oral diseases and ecology heavily influencing the systemic diseases, the integrated research of dentistry with pure basic medical sciences is the need of the hour. In this regard, this conference was a landmark.

I wish ISDR steers many more such successful and beneficial events.

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1.Mullan F. Doctors for the world: Indian physician emigration. Health Aff (Millwood) 2006;25:380-93.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Parkash H, Duggal R, Mathur V. Guidelines for meaningful and effective utilization of manpower at dental colleges for primary prevention of oro-dental problems in the country. New Delhi: A Government of India and World Health Organization collaborative program; 2007.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Rao M, Rao KD, Kumar AK, Chatterjee M, Sundararaman T. Human resources for health in India. Lancet 2011;377:587-98.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Balasubramanian M, Short S. The Commonwealth as a custodian of dental migratory ethics: Views of senior oral health leaders from India and Australia. Int Dent J 2011;61:281-6.  Back to cited text no. 4

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S M Balaji
Balaji Dental & Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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