Dr SM Balaji attends the 97th IADR General Session in Vancouver, Canada

Dr SM Balaji attended the 97th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) that was held in Vancouver, Canada. He is the Secretary General of the Indian Society of Dental Research (ISDR), which is the Indian Division of the IADR. This general session was held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR).

Dr S M Balaji at IADR Vancouver
Governing council of IADR

Role played by Dr SM Balaji in the IADR and ISDR

The IADR was formed in 1920 with the purpose of advancing the cause of dental research throughout the world. The Indian Society of Dental Research came into being in 1986. It has become one of the biggest divisions of the IADR since its inception over 30 years ago. Dr SM Balaji has contributed immensely to the cause of the IADR through the initiatives taken under his leadership in developing interest in research among dental students.

Discussions at IADR
Dr SM Balaji at the general session

The welcome speech at the 97th General Session was delivered by Dr Rena D’Souza, President, IADR. She stressed on the importance of dental research towards improving the quality of life of humanity. Dr Christopher Fox, Executive Director, IADR, enumerated the role played by the IADR towards fostering partnerships between different divisions towards advancing research on a global scale.

Successful scientific sessions at the IADR

The 97th General Session of the IADR was marked by lectures, symposia, keynote addresses and hands on workshops by stalwarts involved in cutting edge dental research across the world. All these scientific sessions were well attended by members of the fraternity and were followed by interactive question and answer sessions, which were marked by in depth explanations to satisfy the audience.

Scientific symposium lecture delivered by Dr SM Balaji

Dr Simon Young of the Oral and Maxillofacial Group conducted a symposium on “Advances in Maxillofacial Tissue Engineering.” Dr SM Balaji spoke about “The Spectrum and Complexities of Maxillofacial Defects – Impact on the Quality of Life” at this symposium. He presented cases from his over 25 years’ experience as a cranio-maxillofacial surgeon that illustrated how innovations were essential to overcome obstacles that presented during surgery.

Dr Simon Young scientific symposium
Dr SM Balaji enumerating cases
Surgical innovations presented
Dr SM Balaji stresses a point

Dr SM Balaji is moderator at the Oral and Maxillofacial Research Group symposium

Dr SM Balaji was the moderator for the lecture by Dr James C Melville on “Virtual Surgical Planning – Pathology and Reconstruction” at the symposium conducted by Dr Simon Young. The questions raised by Dr SM Balaji during the lecture help illuminate the intricacies of virtual surgical planning to the eager audience members.

Session moderator
Craniofacial reconstruction
Detailed case history
Craniofacial deformities reconstruction
Rehabilitating craniofacial defects
Congenital craniofacial anomalies
Helping children lead a normal life
Training as a craniofacial surgeon
Detailed presurgical planning
Successful rehabilitation
Congenital birth defects
Detailed presurgical planning

Dr SM Balaji meets Dr Ryan, President of AADR

Dr SM Balaji also met with Dr Maria Emanuel Ryan, President, AADR and discussed ways on improving research ties between the two biggest divisions of the IADR. They both expressed the need for more collaboration between the two divisions to foster dental research for the betterment of humanity.

Dr Balaji with Dr Maria Ryan, President of AADR
Dr Christopher Fox, Executive director of IADR
At IADR, Vancouver

Dr SM Balaji interacts with FDI President and Executive Director

With Dr Kell and Dr Bondioni of FDI

Dr SM Balaji also met with Dr Kathryn Kell, President and Dr Enzo Bondioni, Executive Director of the World Dental Federation (FDI). They held talks on ways of improving the dissemination of knowledge towards raising the standards of oral health throughout the world. It was felt that further research was needed towards developing a better understanding between oral health and overall systemic health.

The 97th IADR General Session was a resounding success with very productive scientific sessions, symposia and hands on workshops that benefit all the delegates who had gathered in the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver. Old ties were renewed and new ones established at the conference.

Meeting an old friend
Renewing old ties at the conference

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