As President of iADH I wish to sincerely encourage you to consider attending the forthcoming congress in Dubai and we look forward to working with the Turkish Society for Disability and Oral Health to make this a most worthwhile and memorable occasion. Poor oral health carries a high burden for people with disabilities and disadvantages and impacts on their general health and quality of life. Our chosen theme will consider the influence of early life factors relative to genetic and later life factors on adult oral health and ageing. A life course approach will allow us explore and consider chains of risk that can be broken and consider times and types of intervention that may be especially effective, particularly during key life transitions, e.g. late adolescence to early adulthood and dependency in older age. It is an optimistic approach, but one which raises questions for policy, training and research. Ensuring better oral health for people with disabilities and disadvantages requires a team approach and at IADH we offer a friendly, inclusive and professional global network of like-minded individuals. We encourage participation and attendance from all dental and allied specialities alongside interested inter-disciplinary professionals from health and social care. We look forward to meeting and welcoming you in Dubai.
Prof. Shouji Hironaka
On behalf of the organising committee and as the president of the Turkish Society for Disability and Oral Health I want to welcome you all the 24th Congress of the iADH in Dubai.
IADH2018 will be a unique opportunity to provide an outstanding platform for all participants including young scientists, researchers, technical and professional experts, educators, corporate representatives and policy makers to share projects, scientific experiences, innovations and ideas addressing the oral health of people with disabilities and disadvantages.
The theme of this year’s congress is ‘ The Lifecourse Approach to Disability and Oral Heath. The keynote speakers are all international experts in their field and will bring high standards and new visions from all over the world. A varied series of symposia will address aspects of health and behavioural and social sciences alongside the inter-disciplinary dental approaches required to address the oral health needs people with disabilities. Furthermore the planned cultural and social events will contribute to networking possibilities and success of the Congress.
Our aim has been to create an unforgettable scientific event for all and we are looking forward to hosting you in Dubai in order to share expand your knowledge, meet like-minded colleagues in the fascinating atmosphere of this stylish metropolis.
Prof. Dr. Ilknur TANBOĞA