April 27, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 17


Of Note


Dove, Gerety participate in NIH conference

portrait of Dr. Dove DR. DOVE

portrait of Dr. Gerety DR. GERETY

Drs. S. Brent Dove, dental diagnostic science, and Meghan Gerety, medicine, participated in the Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life, held March 26-28 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

Drs. Dove and Gerety were among approximately 200 biomedical investigators, practicing health care providers, consumers and others who came together to evaluate and review the scientific soundness of health-related technology. After 1 1/2 days of expert presentations and open discussions involving the conference audience, a consensus statement was developed.

The statement addressed the following key questions:

• What are the best methods for detecting early and advanced dental caries? (validity and feasibility of traditional methods and emerging methods)

• What are the best indicators for an increased risk of dental caries?

• What are the best methods for the primary prevention of dental caries throughout life?

• What are the best treatments for reversing or arresting the progression of early dental caries?

• How should clinical decisions regarding prevention and/or treatment be affected by detection methods and risk assessment?

• What are the promising new research directions for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental caries?

The statement was disseminated to health care providers and consumers across the nation to keep them abreast of new findings relating to these issues.

Since its inception in 1977, the NIH has distributed more than 120 consensus statements and technology assessment statements nationwide.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research sponsored the conference. The co-sponsors were the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For more information on the Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life, or for a copy of the most recent consensus statement, log on to http://consensus.nih.gov/.