The International Centre for Oral Health Inequalities Research and Policy (ICOHIRP) was formed in 2013. Committed to tackling oral health inequalities within and between countries, academics and policy makers from 15 countries have formed a global network to explore the nature of oral health inequalities and inform policy. In 2015, ICOHIRP held its launch conference in London, with over 240 participants from 20 countries, which resulted in the publication of the London Charter for Oral Health Inequalities (Watt et al, 2016). In 2017 a second very successful ICOHIRP conference was held in Adelaide (Peres and Watt, 2017). On 24th July 2018, the third conference of ICOHIRP will be held in London in collaboration with the Behavioural Epidemiologic & Health Services Research (BEHSR) Group, IADR.

The Oral Epidemiology (Epi) Forum is a half-day session sponsored by the IADR BEHSR group and addresses topics related to oral epidemiology, biostatistics and population oral health. The primary focus is to encourage and highlight implementing modern quantitative methods in population health research by bringing together those currently engaged in research conduct, those who are currently in training, and those involved in funding or publishing population health research.

The aim of the joint ICOHIRP and Oral Epi Forum meeting is to broaden the agenda of oral health inequalities and to include issues that are usually neglected from the socio-economic inequalities discourse. The programme places emphasis on the role of social exclusion on health inequalities and also addresses inequalities in relation to marginalised populations, such as oral health inequalities in low-income countries, indigenous populations and socially excluded population groups in high-income countries. In the afternoon, the Oral Epi Forum keynote address will be on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce oral health inequalities. This will be followed by presentations by trainees and early career researchers on cutting-edge research, work-in-progress and unresolved problems confronting investigators; these will be selected following an open call and typically include methodological issues in oral epidemiology, contributions of oral epidemiology to health policy, theoretical epidemiology, statistical or methodological issues related to oral epidemiology, and ethics.



08:15 - 09:15

  Breakfast Private View of ‘Teeth’, Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

10:00 - 11:00
Session 1 (Chair: Prof Richard Watt, UCL, UK)

10:00 - 10:10
Welcome and Chair for Session 1
(Prof Richard Watt, UCL, UK)
10:10 - 10:30
Inclusion health – understanding the health needs of marginalised groups in high-income countries
(Prof Andrew Hayward, UCL, UK)


10:30 - 10:50


Oral health inequalities in low-income countries – reflections from Africa
(Dr Benoit Varenne, WHO Geneva)
10:50 - 11:00


 11:00 - 11:30​

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

Session 2 (Chair: Dr George Tsakos, UCL, UK)

11:30 - 11:50

Oral health inequalities in Indigenous populations
(Dr Joanne Hedges, University of Adelaide, Australia)

11:50 - 12:10

Oral health disparities in marginalized communities
(Prof Stuart Gansky, UCSF, USA)

12:10 - 12:30


12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:20

Session 3 (Chairs: Prof Sarah Baker, University of Sheffield, UK; and Dr Chris Okunseri, Marquette University, USA)

13:30 - 13:35

Introduction to the EpiForum–Behavioural Epidemiologic and Health Services Research (BEHSR) group of the IADR
(Dr George Tsakos, UCL, UK)

13:35 - 14:20

The Oral Epi Forum Keynote lecture: Cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce oral health inequalities
Prof Steve Morris, UCL, UK

14:20 - 17:20

Trainees and Early Career Researchers presentations

14:20 - 14:50

Tom Broomhead (University of Sheffield, UK)
 “Systems science, simulation methods and Dental Public Health” 

14:50 - 15:20

Kirsten Smits (Radboud University, The Netherlands):
“Using decision support to better integrate general and dental care: a suitable approach for reducing inequalities?"

15:20 - 15:50

Coffee break

15:50 - 17:20

Session 4 (Chair: Prof Lisa Jamieson, University of Adelaide, Australia)

15:50 - 16:20

Jacqueline Burgette (University of Pittsburgh, USA):
“Positive Deviance in Dental Caries Experience among Mother-Child Dyads in Northern Appalachia”

16:20 - 16:50

Ahmed Mahmoud (University of Glasgow, UK):
“The association between ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES) and child dental health”

16:50 - 17:20

Amy Righolt (Radboud University, The Netherlands):
“Quality and equity in dental health care: two opposing objectives?”

17:30 - 19.30


International Centre for Oral Health Inequalities Research and Policy (ICOHIRP) &
The 2018 Oral Epidemiology (Epi) Forum Satellite Symposium, IADR 2018

Broadening our perspectives on oral health inequalities

Date: 24th July 2018
Venue: Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


Venue details
Both meetings will be held at the University College London (UCL). The sessions will take place at the Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, while the lunch and reception will take place at the North Cloisters. Follow this
link for venue map and transport details.

Registration details
This one day conference will cost £35 for delegates (students will be charged £5 for attendance) including tea/coffee/refreshments, light lunch and drinks reception. Registration is done via