IFPDC Donation to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA)

In December 2019 the IFPDC made a donation of €3,000 to the IMNDA. The donation will go towards providing specialised equipment such as wheelchairs, beds, hoists, and communication aids, and will help fund much needed home-care hours.

The donation will help  the more than 390 people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease in Ireland to lead active and independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.

Dr Kevin Dunne, Treasurer IFPDC pictured donating a chque for €3,000 to Ms Jackie Martin, Fundraising Executive, IMNDA

Spring Meeting Sat 9th March 2019 – REVIEW

The IFPDC Spring Scientific Meeting was held on Sat 9th March 2019 in the Large Lecture Theatre, DDUH.

The keynote speaker was Dr Serpil Djemal Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Lead for Dental Trauma, King’s College, London.

Dr Djemal gave three presentations on the management of dental trauma. She gave attendees the benefit of her wealth of experience as the Lead for Dental Trauma in King’s College. She outlined the simple classification system she uses when faced with traumatic injuries of different complexities, and identified the emergency and immediate treatments appropriate to different types of traumatic injuries in mature and immature teeth.

Dr Brenda Barrett and Dr Gus Papathomas, who have recently been awarded the MClinDent from TCD, used the evidence based information they collected during their Masters studies to deliver presentations  on ‘Management of Deep Carious Lesions’ and the ‘Effectiveness of Mandibular Advancement Devices in Sleep Apnoea’.

Following these presentations Dr Mairead Harding, Deputy Director of the Oral Health Services Research Centre in UCC issued an appeal for help in devising information materials to  be used by general dentists to publicise evidence about the relationship between fluoride and dental health. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Mairead on  021 4901103 or email info@ifpdc.ie

The final speaker on the day was Prof Brian O’Connell who  outlined the risks and benefits of  Digital Dentistry. Prof O’Connell gave practical and pragmatic advice on the purchase of Digital Equipment, he outlined the current state of play  and recent developments in Digital Dentistry, and he identified likely future trends.



The OHSRC (UCC) and the General Dentist

Oral Health Services Research Centre (OHSRC) UCC and the General Dentist

The OHSRC needs you

Researchers in the Oral Health Services Research Centre (OHSRC), University College Cork (UCC), working on the HRB funded Fluoride and Caring for Children’s Teeth (FACCT) study (https://www.ucc.ie/en/ohsrc/research/facct/) have secured funding through a Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) award. The award supports the dissemination of the results of the FACCT study to General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) and ultimately their patients.


Why do we need you?

GDP’s are extremely busy and productive with a wealth of ideas, we wish to have this input to develop a meaningful resource for GDPs, with minimum interference with your day-to-day work. Through the FACCT study a wealth of information relevant to children’s oral health and oral health behaviour now exists and we would like to increase awareness of this information.


What do we want to do?

The research team would like to work with a small number of GDPs to ensure that the results of the study are communicated in a way that is appropriate to GDPs and their patients. The researchers wish to collaborate with approximately four GDPs.  


What involvement is required?

The GDPs will form part of a steering group and assist in the development of an educational resource for GDPs to  ultimately benefit patients and oral health.  The dentist group will participate in a structured workshop where the outline content of the resource will be formulated. The FACCT research team will then work towards developing the resource with input from the steering group via email or teleconferences. Although developed for GDPs, the completed educational resource will be freely available to Oral Health Promoters, dental nurses, dental hygienists and the general public.


How to get involved?

The OHSRC UCC would love to work with you and develop a resource what works best for the busy GDP in promoting health and preventing disease. For further information about this project please contact Dr Mairead Harding, Oral Health Services Research Centre, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, Wilton, Cork.
Email m.harding@ucc.ie tel 021 4901103.