The Fifth World Workshop on Oral Medicine, held last September in London, convened experts from 22 countries for four days to explore the current status and future direction of oral medicine. Dr. Ross Kerr, Clinical Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine, served on the event's organizing committee and also copresented a lecture on the management of oral submucous fibrosis, a painful precancerous condition.
"The meeting brought together an outstanding group of experts from 22 different countries to tackle a number of important issues in the field of oral medicine," said Dr. Kerr.
Dr. David Sirois, Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, served as a consultant to a working group on the etiology of myalgia of the masticatory muscles.
Other topics covered at the meeting included HPV infection and oral pre-malignancy and malignancy; novel approaches for oral mucosal drug delivery and therapeutics; information technology in oral medicine practice; and the development of international educational standards and practice models for oral medicine.
Highlights of the workshop will be published in scientific journals in the coming months, said Dr. Kerr.
The World Workshop was founded in the mid-1980s by faculty members from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the Glasgow Dental School.