Presidential Symposium: Recent Advances in Orofacial Pain Research

JUNE 22, 2016                                                              

IADR contact: Ingrid L. Thomas
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Seoul, Republic of Korea – New for 2016 at the 94th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is the addition of a Presidential Symposium. This symposium, which is organized by IADR President Marc Heft, is themed “Recent Advances in Orofacial Pain Research.” The IADR General Session is being held in conjunction with the 3rd Meeting of the IADR Asia Pacific Region and the 35th Annual Meeting of the IADR Korean Division.

The face and mouth have special biological, emotional and psychological meaning to humans and represent sites of some of the most common pain states. Several types of orofacial pain, especially when chronic, can present a diagnostic and management challenge to clinicians, mainly because their underlying aetiology and pathogenesis are still unclear. However, several advances in our understanding of orofacial pain have been obtained over the past 2 decades from research studies in laboratory animals and humans. This symposium will review many of these advances, including new insights into the biological, molecular and genetic processes underlying acute and chronic orofacial pain, and new evidence-based approaches developed for the diagnosis and management of orofacial pain states.

The learning objectives of the Presidential Symposium are to:

  • Provide an improved understanding of the peripheral processes in orofacial tissues involved in the onset and maintenance of orofacial pain and its modulation.
  • Provide an improved understanding of central processes involved in the onset and maintenance of orofacial pain and its modulation.
  • Gain knowledge of advances in the clinical diagnosis and management of orofacial pain states.

The program agenda is as follows:
Introduction, Berry Sessle, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Peripheral Mechanisms in Nociceptive Pain: Inflammatory Mediators, Ken Hargreaves, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Central Mechanisms: Understanding the Transition to Persistent Pain, Koichi Iwata, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan (presented by Masamichi Shinoda, Nihon University)
Orofacial Pain: Clinical Perspectives and Future Challenges, Peter Svensson, Aarhus University, Denmark
Discussant, Karen Raphael, New York University, New York, USA
Discussant, Christopher Peck, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Summary and Future Perspectives, Barry Sessle, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This is a summary of the Presidential Symposium: Recent Advances in Orofacial Pain Research, which will take place on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, in room 401.

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