The NYU College of Dentistry, in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, the Academic Center for Dentistry School of Dentistry in Amsterdam, and the School of Dentistry at the University of Chile, cosponsored the First International Conference on Novel Anticaries and Remineralizing Agents (ICNARA), January 10–12, 2008, in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Dr. Mark S. Wolff, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education, was one of three international cariology experts who helped plan the meeting in collaboration with Dean Ruby Valdavia of the School of Dentistry at the University of Chile. Dr. Wolff presented a paper entitled Sensitivity, Remineralization, the Biofilm: What Is the Connection. Also attending from NYUCD were Dr. James M. Kaim, Professor of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, and Dr. David L. Glotzer, Clinical Professor of Cariology & Comprehensive Care.
The conference brought together 30 of the leading international experts in cariology, bacteriology, remineralization, and preventive dentistry to present new, non-fluoride methods of protecting and repairing teeth, and from this to build a multidisciplinary agenda for research over the next decade. Attendees included over 100 dentists, researchers, and industrial experts from Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland, and the U.S., countries where much of the research on caries prevention and intervention is done.
Special thanks for helping to organize the conference go to two administrators in the NYU Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, Ms. Pat Montalbano and Ms. Elaine Bajana.