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Vol. 46, No. 4, 2012
Issue release date: July 2012
Caries Res 2012;46:346–352

Summary of the IADR Cariology Research Group Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, July 2010: New Directions in Cariology Research

Vieira A.R. · Modesto A. · Ismail A. · Watt R.
aUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa., and bTemple University, Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, Pa., USA; cUniversity College London Medical School, London, UK

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Caries remains the most prevalent noncontagious biofilm-mediated disease in humans. It is clear that the current approaches to decrease the prevalence of caries in human populations, including water fluoridation and school-based programs, are not enough to protect everyone. The scientific community has suggested the need for innovative work in a number of areas in cariology, encompassing disease etiology, epidemiology, definition, prevention, and treatment. In this symposium, two of these areas, dealing specifically with etiological aspects of caries were discussed: (1) systematic research on caries risk assessment using population-based cohort techniques, and (2) genetic studies to identify genes and genetic markers of diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic value. This paper summarizes these presentations.

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