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.



09:30 - 10:00

 Coffee & Registration

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


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​


11:30 - 12:30


Session 2 Chair
Dr George Tsakos, UCL

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 - 14:15

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

14:15 - 15:15

Trainees and Early Career Researchers presentations

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 17:45

Trainees and Early Career Researchers presentations

17:45 - 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 

Presentations and posters

EpiForum oral presentations
We are inviting abstracts from trainees and early career researchers for oral presentations at the EpiForum meeting (afternoon session). Each selected trainee or early career researcher will be we have allocated 30 minutes, including 20 minutes for the oral presentation and 10 minutes for Epi Forum participants' questions and feedback. Only 1 submission is allowed per trainee and preference will be given to trainees who have not previously presented at the Oral Epi Forum.

Abstract submissions should include the following:
  • Assurance by the author that the work has not been presented or published previously.
  • A 300 word or less synopsis that includes relevant information on background and objective(s); methods and procedures; findings to date, and summary.
  • 2-3 questions to stimulate audience discussion and provide feedback on an issue(s) of importance for the presenter’s work.

Presenter's contact information that includes the following information:
  • Presenter's name 
  • Agency/Training programme (if applicable)
  • Affiliation and Department
  • City/Town, Country and email address
  • Presenter's Advisor/Mentor and email address (if applicable)

Please submit your abstract for the EpiForum using the following link: Deadline is 15th May 2018.

ICOHIRP posters
Anyone wishing to display a poster for the Conference should send a structured abstract (background; aim; methods; results) of 300 words maximum to Renato Venturelli ( by 31st May 2018.