Brazil visits Birmingham

The School of Dentistry hosted a workshop on Opportunities and Building Collaborative Connections with Brazilian Industry & Academia in Dental Research.  This visit was organised by Josette Camilleri form the School of Dentistry and was a suitable curtain raiser for the IADR conference which takes place later in the week.  This workshop is a follow on from a visit in March by Birmingham Academics lecturing to 3 dental schools in São Paulo (Unicamp, USP and UNESP).

The Brazilian delegation included Prof Brenda Gomes (UNICAMP – Brazil), Prof Marina Marciano (UNICAMP – Brazil), Prof Flares Baratto Filho (Curitiba- Brazil) and Dr Roberto Alcantara (Angelus – Brazil).

The guests were greeted by Prof Iain Chapple the Head of School who provided an overview of the School history and its future research aspirations.  This was followed by Damien Walmsley who gave an overview of the College and University research structure.  There were then presentations by Marco Dias da Silva on “The experience of a Brazilian academic working in Birmingham” and Richard Brunt and Flavia Pires Rodrigues on the Internationalization agenda. This was followed by a tour of the school and the research laboratories.

The delegates then transferred to staff house to a meal hosted by Robin Mason ProVice Chancellor for Internationalisation.  He emphasised that the dentistry links to Brazil are the University’s strongest and longest.  He is keen to see them do well.  Anne Simper from the Business engagement team was present.

In the afternoon Prof Paul Cooper introduced the symposium which included.

The new Angelus Bioceramic product line
Dr Roberto Alcantara – CEO Angelus-Prima

Biomaterials Unit Research at the School of Dentistry
Dr Richard Shelton – University of Birmingham

Panorama of the research developed on endodontic microbiology and its related clinical aspects by the Piracicaba Dental School
Prof Brenda Gomes – UNICAMP, Brazil

Stimulation and therapeutic application of dental pulp stem cells
Dr Ben Scheven – University of Birmingham

Causative factors and mitigation of dental discoloration
Prof Marina Marciano de Silva – UNICAMP, Brazil

Exploiting bioactive dentine matrix components in the treatment of apical periodontitis
Mr David Green – University of Birmingham

The day was a great success and everyone departed ready for the IADR meeting taking place in London.