Alliance for a Cavity Free Future

Alliance for a Cavity Free Future
Stop Caries NOW for a Cavity-Free Future
An Oral Health Resource

Global Expert Panel

The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future was established in collaboration with a worldwide panel of experts in dentistry, policy and public health. Our global exert panel represents leaders in the field of oral health who together strive to promote collaborative action towards delivering comprehensive caries prevention and management that can positively influence the continuing problem of caries.

Caswell A. Evans, Jr., D.D.S., M.P.H.

Caswell A. Evans, Jr., D.D.S., M.P.H., is currently the Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry and a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health. Previously, he has served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General. For twelve years, Dr. Evans was Director of Public Health Programs and Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and former President of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Dr. Evans is presently the Chairman of the DentaQuest Foundation Board and serves on the Chicago Board of Health and the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and Oral Health America.

Dr. Roger Ellwood

Dr. Roger Ellwood is Director of Clinical Method Development for the Colgate-Palmolive Company, based in Manchester, UK where he is also the Co-Director of the Colgate- Palmolive Dental Health Unit, a unique collaboration between Colgate Palmolive and the University of Manchester. The Unit specializes in the development of clinical trial methods and Dental Public Health Research. Dr. Ellwood has a Bachelor of Dentistry degree from Liverpool University, A Master of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy degree from University College Cork and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Manchester. He holds an Honorary Chair in Dental Diagnostic Science at the University and is a recognized Specialist in Dental Public Health. His research is focused on diagnostic science, caries and periodontal disease, and he is an expert on fluoride and fluorosis. Dr. Ellwood has authored over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences.

Professor Stefania Martignon

Professor Stefania Martignon is a part time Senior Lecturer at the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre in King’s College London, UK, and Professor, Chair of UNICA - Caries Research Unit and Chair of the Master Program in Dental Sciences, Dental Faculty, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia. Professor Martignon obtained her Ph.D from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2005), and specializes in Paediatric Dentistry and University Teaching.

She has served as a consultant to the Colombian Ministry of Health and served as member of the IADR Cariology Research Group board. Currently, Professor Martignon is an advisory council to the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) Board, President of IADR Colombia, member of the ICDAS Core Group, and Co-Chair of the Colombian Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) as well as a member of the ACFF Global Expert Panel.

Dr. Alice Horowitz, PhD

Dr. Alice Horowitz. Ph.D currently holds the position of Research Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland.

As a health educator, Dr. Horowitz was formerly a senior scientist at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). She holds extensive professional background in dental caries prevention and early detection. While at the NIDCR Dr. Horowitz organized the Consensus Development Conference on Pit and Fissure Sealants and co-organized another conference on the Dental Caries Diagnosis and Management.

Dr. Horowitz was instrumental in initiating the need to address health literacy in dentistry and was one of the authors of the first NIH Program Announcement addressing health literacy. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Education/health literacy Sub-Committee of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition, a group commissioned by Maryland’s Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, following the tragic and untimely death of Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy who died in 2007 because of an untreated dental infection. In addition, she is the Primary Investigator of the Maryland statewide oral health literacy needs assessment study.

Dr. Andreas Schulte PhD.

Dr. Andreas Schulte graduated in dentistry in 1981 from the Dental School of the University of Münster, Germany, and received his Ph.D in 1996 from the Dental School of the University of Marburg, Germany. He became Associate Professor of the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 2002 and since 2015 has served as Professor for Special Care Dentistry at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Witten, Germany.

Dr. Schulte’s clinical research and experience includes cariology, caries prevention, pediatric dentistry and special care dentistry. Dr. Schulte has published many papers in a wide range of fields including caries epidemiology, caries diagnostics, bioavailability of fluorides, pediatric dentistry and special care dentistry.

His key interests include the implementation of caries prevention in dental school curriculums. He was chair of the Scientific and Organizing Committee for the first ORCA/ADEE Consensus Conference which took place in 2010 in Berlin and developed the European Cariology Core Curriculum for undergraduate dental studies. Since 2013 he has served as President of the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) and is a board member of the European Association for Dental Public Health (EADPH). In 2014, Dr. Schulte was appointed Congress President of the Congress of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH).

Professor Anthony Blinkhorn

Professor Anthony Blinkhorn is currently the NSW Chair in Population Oral Health at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Professor Mahesh Verma, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.B.A., FDSRCS (England), PhD. (hc)

Professor Mahesh Verma, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.B.A., FDSRCS (England), Ph.D. (hc) has served as the Director-Principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi for the last 20 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the International Medical Sciences Academy. Professor Verma holds extensive professional experience as an Administrator, Teacher, Researcher, Policy Maker and Leader in the fields of dental education and industry in India.

His work over the last three decades, spanning dental education, planning and implementation of patient care services and community outreach, has garnered numerous accolades. He has the distinction of over 150 published and oral communications, research grants and keynote presentations. Presently, Dr. Verma serves as the Immediate Past President of the Indian Dental Association, the largest professional body of dental professionals in Asia and is a Consultant of the Armed Forces Dental Services in India.

Myron Allukian Jr., DDS, MPH

Board certified in dental public health, Dr. Myron Allukian served as the Dental Director for the City of Boston for 34 years and is a Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the first Vietnam veteran and second dentist in 118 years. He is a Past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Association for Community Dental Programs, American Board of Dental Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Association, and a Vice-Chair of the Oral Health Work Group, World Federation of Public Health. He has authored over 150 publications/abstracts with 22 book chapters on policy, prevention, access and the underserved.

Dr. Allukian served as Chairman of the U.S. Surgeon General's Work Group on Fluoridation and Dental Health for the 1990 Prevention Objectives for the Nation, and the Dental Advisory Committees for Healthy People 2000, 2010, and 2020, the National Health Objectives. He was the Dental Clinical Director of the New England AIDS Education and Training. In 1991 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and is an Honorary Fellow in the Royal Society of Health of Great Britain.

He has a BS from Tufts University, DDS from the University of Pennsylvania, and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is on the dental faculties of Harvard, Tufts and Boston Universities. Dr. Allukian has been called “The Social Conscience of Dentistry.”

Professor Nigel Pitts, FRSE, BDS, Ph.D., FDS, RCS (Eng), FDS, RCS (Edin), FFGDP (UK), FFPH

Professor Nigel Pitts (FRSE BDS Ph.D FDS RCS (Eng) FDS RCS (Edin) FFGDP (UK) FFPH) has served as the Director of the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre at King’s College London since 2013. Alongside his work at King’s, he is the leader of the Global Collaboratory for Caries Management (GCCM) initiative and co-founder and Global chair of the Alliance for Cavity-Free Future (ACFF).

He is also a director of the ICDAS foundation and has been instrumental in implementing ICDAS teaching and promoting ICCMS™ across the world. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health to Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and a Past President of the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA), the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) and the European Association for Dental Public Health (EADPH).

Professor Pitts has been awarded international research prizes from the FDI World Dental Federation, the British Dental Association Research Foundation, the International Association for Dental Research and the European Organisation for Caries Research. He has recently been awarded the prestigious John Tomes Medal for his involvement in scientific work in fields related to dentistry and dental surgery. Over the years Professor Pitts has assembled a portfolio of research and commercialisation grants of over £30 million, and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as 93 other published communications to date.

Professor Poul Erik Petersen

Poul Erik Petersen is a Professor of Global Oral Health and Community Dentistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. As a dentist and a sociologist, his academic background encompasses research in public health, sociology of health and illness, health promotion, disease prevention, global health, and translation of research.

Professor Petersen has an extensive portfolio of over 350 scientific publications and has been active in enhancement efforts of public health research in universities worldwide and in planning and implementation of community health projects in many regions across the world.

He was elected Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Copenhagen and served as Vice-Director of the School of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen. He has also served with the World Health Organization (WHO) for several years and assisted various ministries of health and public health administrators throughout the world.

Professor Prathip Phantumvanit

Professor Prathip Phantumvanit is the Founder-Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Dentistry, Thammasat University, Thailand. His research interest areas include fluoride, cariology, minimum intervention in dentistry, preventive restoration in primary teeth, dental education and dental public health.

Professor Phantumvanit holds a wide range of professional positions, including Elected Board member, Thai Dental Council; Chair of Thai Dental Licensure Executive Board; Expert Panel in Oral Health, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva; Consultant for Aide Odontologie Internationale (AOI) for Laos PDR, Vietnam, Madargascar; Past Vice-Chair of Public Health Committee, World Dental Federation (FDI); Former Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University, Thailand; Past-President, Thai Society for Public Health Dentistry; Co-founder and Past President, International Association for Dental Research – Southeast Asia Division (IADR-SEA); Past-President, Southeast Asia Association for Dental Education (SEAADE); Past-President, Asian Academy for Preventive Dentistry (AAPD); Former Short-term Consultant to World Health Organization - Southeast Asia Regional Office (SEARO) for Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Western-Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) for Laos PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia.

Professor Raman Bedi

Professor Raman Bedi serves as the Chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund. In 2005, he was asked to establish the Global Child Dental Health Taskforce. The mission of the taskforce was to advise governments on how they can improve children’s oral health. By 2009 the taskforce was operating in 13 countries. Since 2008, the Taskforce has evolved into a charity focused on the dental care of the most disadvantaged children around the world.

Professor Bedi is based at King’s College London and also holds an honorary chair post at the University College London where he was the co-director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at the Eastman Dental Institute from 1998 to 2008. He also has an honorary “Extraordinary Professorship” in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa (2007-2010). He has examined and lectured in over 40 countries.

He was past President of the British Society for Disability and Oral Health in 2002, President of the Education Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) from 2002 to 2004 and Chair of the IADR Regional Development Programme Committee from 2002 to 2004. He has published over 190 scientific papers and five books. Professor Bedi was formerly the Chief Dental Officer – England from October 2002 to October 2005. .

Professor Svante Twetman

Professor Svante Twetman is a specialised paediatric dentist and professor of Cariology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research is focused on fluoride and microbial aspects on oral ecology, biofilms and caries risk assessment/caries prevention from infancy to adolescence. Professor Twetman’s research has to a large extent been performed in clinical settings with supplementary studies done in laboratories.

He has authored and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and serves as a consultant to the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment compiling systematic reviews and mapping knowledge gaps in medicine and dentistry. Among several industry accolades, he has received the IADR distinguished scientist award in 2010, IADR Borrow Award in 2011 and Song-Eum Med-Pharm Award in 2012.

Wendell Evans, BDS, MDS, DDSc, FICD

Professor Wendell Evans Chairs the Australian and New Zealand Chapters of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF). He is the Honorary Colgate Associate Professor at the Sydney Dental School, University of Sydney and was formerly the Head of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Sydney Dental School. He is a past-president of the ANZ Division, International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and a former IADR Asia-Pacific Regional Board Member, a position he held for three years.

At the Sydney Dental School, Professor Evans directed the cariology and preventive dentistry program where the central focus is on non-surgical management of the initial non-cavitated white spot lesions of dental caries. This work evolved as part of curriculum development in cariology. In addition, he has led a team that developed the “Caries Management System” (CMS) protocol. He also secured additional grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to fund a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the CMS, which sought to demonstrate its cost-effectiveness.