Scientific committee, Keynote speakers & contact

The scientific committee consists of the following individuals: 

Associate Professor Mohammed Al-Haroni, Department of Clinical Dentistry, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Professor Vidar Bakken, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Bergen

Professor Fernanda Cristina Petersen, Institute of Oral Biology, University of Oslo

Associate Professor Morten Enersen, Institute of Oral Biology, University of Oslo

Associate Professor Roger Simm, Institute of Oral Biology, University of Oslo



Keynote speakers

Professor Mike Curtis is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and Professor Microbiology at King’s College London, UK.

Mike Curtis obtained his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of London. He was a visiting Fogarty Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, USA (1980-85), where he worked on the characterization of anaerobic metabolism and electron flow in microbial communities. Subsequently he returned to England and worked at the Medical Research Council Dental Research Unit (1985-94) on risk factors for periodontal disease and led the MRC Microbial Molecular Pathogenesis Group (1994-2004), where he worked mainly on the biology of the periodontal bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis. During the period 2001-17 he worked at Queen Mary University of London as Head of the Department of Clinical Microbiology (2001-03), Dean for Research of the School of Medicine and Dentistry (2002-04), Director of the Blizard Institute (2003-13), Dean for Dentistry and Director of the Institute of Dentistry (2013-17) and Deputy Vice-Principal for Health (2012-17). He was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London in 2017. His current research is focused on the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and the relationship of oral health and disease to systemic conditions and has published over 150 papers in this field. His research has been funded by competitive research grants totaling ca. £10 million, by organizations such as the MRC, the Welcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health. He was awarded Distinguished Scientist in Basic Periodontal Disease Research of the IADR in 2005 and Distinguished Scientist of the European Federation of Periodontology in 2017. He has served as Chair of the Gordon Conference on Periodontal Diseases (2006) and President of the British Society for Dental Research (2007) and he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDSRCS, 2008) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci, 2009).


KEYNOTE LECTURE: Recent Advances in Oral Molecular Ecology




Professor Richard Lamont, Director of The Center for Functional Microbiomics, Inflammation and Pathogenicity, School of Dentistry, University of Louisville, USA 

Dr. Lamont is an Endowed Professor at the University of Louisville and Chair of the Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Lamont’s research interests involve communication and signaling in the development of complex multispecies bacterial communities, such as are found in dental plaque on tooth surfaces. He also examines the molecular dialog between opportunistic pathogens and epithelial cells that allows host cell responses to be tailored to the threat level of colonizing organisms.  He has authored over 200 research papers, and has edited and authored two standard textbooks in oral microbiology and immunology. Dr. Lamont is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Molecular Oral Microbiology.

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Oral microbiome in homeostasis and dysbiosis




Professor Egija Zaura, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), University of Amsterdam, Netherland

Egija Zaura is a professor in Oral Microbial Ecology at the Department of Preventive Dentistry, at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), the Netherlands. She obtained her Dental degree in 1995 at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. After graduation, she combined her work in a dental clinic in Riga with accomplishing a degree in General Dentistry at Riga Stradins University, Latvia, in 1997. In 2002 she acquired a PhD in Preventive Dentistry at the University of Amsterdam. In 2017 she received University Research Chair appointment at the Vrije University Amsterdam, which is a selective and privileged appointment as full professor. Her current principal interests lay on oral microbial ecology at health and disease, and translating this fundamental knowledge to the clinical practice.

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Contemporary concepts in the microbiology of dental caries and endodontic infections: what have we learned?

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Professor George Belibasakis, Head of Division of Oral Diseases, Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Professor Georgios N. Belibasakis studied Dentistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, attained a PhD in Oral Microbiology at Umeå University, and an MSc in Periodontology at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He also completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice of QMUL and became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) UK. He worked as Research Associate (post-doctoral fellow) at King’s College London and then appointed as Lecturer in Oral Biology at QMUL (2005-2009). In 2009 he was appointed as Oberassistent at the Center of Dental Medicine, University of Zürich where he completed his Habilitation (Docentur) and attained his first professorship in Oral Microbiology and Immunology. During that time he served as Head of the Section of Oral Microbiology and Immunology (2011-2016). In 2016 he joined the Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet as Professor of Clinical Oral Infection Biology. In 2017 he was appointed as Head of the Division of Oral Diseases, which encompasses the disciplines of Cariology, Endodontics, Periodontology and Dental Prevention.

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Basic research and personalized clinical application: the role of the oral microbiome






Professor William Wade, Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London, UK.

William Wade is Professor of Oral Microbiology within the Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions at King’s College London and Adjunct Professor at the Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA. He was awarded a BSc in Microbiology by the University of East Anglia and PhD from the University of Wales. He has held academic appointments at the Universities of Wales and Bristol and Queen Mary University of London. His primary interest is the development and application of methods for the characterisation of the oral microbiome in health and disease. He has a particular focus on the cultivation of previously uncultured bacteria and the development and evaluation of antimicrobials and pre- and probiotics for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Culturing uncultured bacteria – why is it important?




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