PER/IADR at Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland hosted the PER/IADR meeting and Birmingham was well represented by both research staff and students. The meeting attracted around 1,000 participants from around Europe.  Helsinki proved to be a lively city and the backdrop of the sea and surrounding islands greeted the delegates as they convened on Finlandia Hall to listen to the latest advances in Science.  The meeting consisted of keynote speakers, symposia and oral presentations.  Towards the end of the morning there was a poster display where presenters were able to interact at a one to one level with other scientists interested in their area of research.  Pictures show many of the Birmingham Dental researchers either at their posters or around the conference centre.  Success for Birmingham came from Will Palin who provided assistance on the experimental materials and co-supervised Dublin Student Lisa Boland.  Lisa won an Irish Division Award and Garry Fleming, an alumni of Birmingham now based at Dublin was the main supervisor.  Hal Duncan won the senior Irish Division award for his work entitled “Histone-Deacetylase-Inhibitors Promote Tissue-Related Repair Mechanisms in Primary Dental Pulp Cells”. His supervisors are Paul Cooper, Tony Smith and Garry Fleming.    Professor Chapple gave a keynote on “Use of Oral Health Products Based On Antiinflammatory Properties”  Two of our Doctoral Research students took part, Jonathan Robinson and Sonam Kaira.  Sonam gave a presentation in the Senior Colgate Prize and performed well.  Jonathan presented a poster.