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2018

 

ACFF Collaboration meeting with Welsh Government November 2018

On 6th and 7th November, Professor Nigel Pitts along with Dr Marco Mazevet, and some of the Health Economists who joined the Policy Lab discussions, met with the Welsh Government to advise on reforming payment systems for dentists to focus on and promote preventitive care.For an overview of the meeting please click here.

Professor Pitts talks at Dental Showcase 2018, Excel London

Professor Pitts, on behalf of Calcivis Ltd will be presenting the following “Caries Management in Practice – an International overview, including the use of bioluminescence in assessing demineralisation activity" at the London Dental Showcase event this year to be held 4-6th October at Excel London. The presentation will provide an international overview of Caries Management in practice. It will include: Review of modern Cariology from Back to the Future to the latest technological developments, the evolution of International Caries Classification and Mangament Systems and the '4D' approach being taken forward by CariesCare International. For further information on the event, please click here.

Primer cited top 1% - August 

Primer paper cited on 'Dental Caries', has received a 'Highly Cited paper' designation by Web of Science, and is on the top 1% of papers in the field of clinical medicine, which is a great acheivement. To follow the paper please click here.

Articles published in the European Journal of Dental Education March 2018

'Shaping the future of dental education: Caries as a case-study'

'The shape of the future of dental education for dental caries and how we get there: Introduction to the ACFF Caries Workshop'

Professor Nigel Pitts appointed REF Panel Member

On March 23rd HEFC and the REF team announced initial decisions on Panel membership for REF 2021. Professor Nigel Pitts has once again been appointed as a Panel Member for UoA 3 – Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, for the Assessment Phase. Congratulations to Professor Pitts.

 

ICCMS™ 2 Day Training Course - ORCA, Copenhagen July 18

Each year, prior to ORCA, the ICCMS™ Group holds an open meeting to update each other on developments in Research, Education, Practice and Public Health.

This year on 4th July updates will include developments following the 2017 Policy Lab and international initiatives to implement ICCMS™ in general practice.

In addition, there will be a 2 day training course, ICDAS for ICCMS™ on the 2nd and 3rd July based on the related e-learning. Participants will receive training on the ICDAS caries visual criteria with on-line material, lectures, pictures and natural teeth workshops, discussions and independent visual examinations.

 

 

November: IAPD Global Summit on Childhood Caries, Bangkok

Professor Pitts attends the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, Global Summit on Childhood Caries, this year held in Bangkok. He will speak about the Alliance for Cavity Free Future and it's collaboration with IAPD.

October: EADPH Congress Spain

Professor Pitts presented 'Caries as a Case Study' at the Educating the oral healthcare workforce to provide effective prevention of oral diseases Congress in Spain.

September: ACFF Summit held at FDI

The annual global report of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free-Future was given at the ninth annual ACFF summit meeting on Friday 7th September 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The meeting consisted of a report on recent ACFF activities around the world, including Latin American and curriculum development overviews from Professor Marcelo Bonecker, chair of the ACFF Brazilian Chapter, and Professor Stefania Martignon, co-chair of the ACFF Colombia Chapter. The summit also included an update on the Second ACFF Dental Policy Lab meeting, held in conjunction with King’s College London Dental Institute and the Policy Institute at King’s in July of 2018. The meeting, titled ‘Towards paying for health in dentistry- how do we create and implement acceptable prevention-based dental payment systems to achieve and maintain health outcomes?’ was reported by Dr James Taylor, Chief Dental Officer of Canada, who was in attendance at the Policy Lab meeting. Professor Nigel Pitts, ACFF Global Chairman then reported to the congress the planned next steps and initial progress seen following the meeting, the report for which will be published before the end of 2018.

A full article on the ACFF summit meeting was published in Dental Tribune International: https://www.dental-tribune.com/news/alliance-for-a-cavity-free-future-holds-summit-at-fdi-2018/

For further information on the ACFF please visit www.acffglobal.org or email admin@acffglobal.org

Please follow the link for more information.

July: ORCA Copenhagen
ORCA this year took place in Copenhagen from 4-7th July.
March: 'Creating the Future: Dentistry in 2029'
A new event, held in partnership with the Entrepreneurship Institute and Student Societies, was facilitated by DITC on 6th March. This was built around the theme of 'Creating the Future: Dentistry in 2029'. Contributers from the DITC, UCLA and Industry participated in an interactive format hosted by Dr Stephen Hancocks, OBE, Editor in Chief BDJ. The event has had very positive feedback and further such evenings are at the planning stage.
March: AADR Florida
Nigel Pitts attended this years AADR Annual meeting in Florida 21-24 March.
March: Dental Alumni Weekend
Professor Nigel Pitts presented at the Dental Alumni Weekend on Saturday 3rd March, engaging with dental alumni, dental students and staff. There he joined Avi Banerjee and Susie Sanderson of the BDA in an interative forum in memory of Walter Herbett. His presentation title was 'How could the ratification of the Minamata Covention on Mercury affect you?'
February: ACFF Japan Chapter Launch

4th February saw the launch of the Pan European Chapter of the ACFF held at the Collaborative Council meeting of seven other affliated European Organisations. The meeting marked a 5 year anniversary of the inaugural meeting, also held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. There are now 27 Chapters worldwide. For more information on the launch please read our ACFF news page.

 

In the Media

See below for a selection of media coverage from the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre.

newspapers

Special Feature in the The Probe, Dental Republic - Enamel remineralisations: the future of dentistry?

 

Dr Jeff Wright along with Dr Rebecca Moazzez interview on pain free tooth repair device at King's College Dental Institute - August 2015

Further coverage on the developments with DITC's spin-out company, Reminova in the news. Led by Dr Jeff Wright, CEO of Reminova and Chairman Professor Nigel Pitts, Dr Wright was interviewed along with Dr Rebecca Moazzez, Director of the Oral Clinical Research Unit in the Dental Institute, on the device that promises pain free tooth repair. Follow the article here.

Reminova Launch Press Release - Crowdfunding Campaign July 2015

Exciting developments with King's College Dental spin-out company Reminova, who launched a world first crowdfunding campaign to revolutionise pain free treatment and help repair early stage tooth-decay. The aim is to raise funds by investing in the company. For further information on the Press Release please follow the Reminova website. Invest here.

'News Medical' interview Professor Pitts - Febuary 2015

'Sugar Intake and Tooth Decay' Read the article here.

Reminova story featured on 'The Innovators' section October 2014

Professor Nigel Pitts was recently interviewed by The Guardian following on from the highly publicised Launch of the new spin out company ‘Reminova’. This is the first spin-out Company from the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre here at the King’s College London Dental Institute. Both Professor Pitts and Dr Christopher Longbottom of the Dental ITC are working together with Reminova in developing a new method called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), which uses low-frequency electrical currents to rebuild damaged tooth structure. This clinical method should in many cases replace the traditionally invasive techniques of drilling and filling - which often require injections. The first products are set to come to the market in about three years, after decades of research conducted with a range of Universities working with cariology and disciplines such as Electro-chemistry and soil science imaging.

To read more on the interview, please click here.

Reminova Press Launch - June 2014

King's spin-out will put tooth decay in a 'time warp'

Dentists could soon be giving your teeth a mild 'time warp' to encourage them to self-repair, thanks to a new device being developed by dental researchers. Reminova Ltd, a new spin-out company from King's, aims to take the pain out of tooth decay treatment by electrically reversing the process to help teeth ‘remineralise’. Professor Nigel Pitts, of the Dental Institute. said: ‘Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments.’ This was reported by Press Association, Daily TelegraphGuardianITV.comTimesIndependent, Independent i, Daily ExpressDaily Mirror, The Sun, Metro, Daily Mail,  BBC News, and Sky News and internationally by Xinhua (China), China DailyThe Indian ExpressDeccan Herald (India), The Telegraph (India), Times of IndiaBBC BrasilWashington PostHuffington Post (US), LA Times (US), New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune

Child Dental Health Survey (2013) Coverage - March 2015 Painless way to treat tooth decay - September 2014

'Painless way to treat tooth decay'

Read more about the story featured in King's Alumni Online

Dentists aim for drill-free future (BBC Health News) - June 2014

Other News

Child Dental Health Survey (2013) Reminova queries

For any further information, you can contact Laura Ruane in the DITC at laura.ruane@kcl.ac.uk who will be able to pass on your query to the Reminova team.

 

 

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