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Hygiene Tribune Middle East & Africa Edition No.3, 2017

C2 HYGIENE TRIBUNE Dental Tribune Middle East & Africa Edition | 3/2017 Sunstar supports first European Perio-Diabetes Workshop By DTI MADRID, Spain: The link between periodontal disease and diabetes has often been a topic of scientific research. In collaboration with oral health care provider Sunstar, the European Federation of Periodon- tology (EFP) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recently hosted a workshop in Madrid to ad- dress the connection between both diseases, among other topics. Seven periodontics experts and sev- en specialists in diabetes attended the first European Perio-Diabetes Workshop. The 14 participants repre- sented both the EFP and the IDF, two of the most important international organisations in their respective fields. In collaboration with Sunstar, the meeting aimed to delve deeper into the relationship between periodon- titis and diabetes—a topic that the company has been working on for some time, both on a research and promotional level. Over the course of two days, the panel of experts held wide-ranging debates regarding the existing connections between these two diseases, current epidemiologi- cal evidence and the effect of inter- vention trials on metabolic param- eters. The conclusions drawn from the workshop will be reported on at the end of this year with the aim of new advancements in research on the bi-directional relationship between dental health and diabetes. Sunstar has been promoting and supporting Madrid, Spain 29 August - 1 September 2017 Bringing the World together to improve oral health Abstract submission deadline: 3 April 2017 Early-bird registration deadline: 31 May 2017 THE BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL DENTAL CONGRESS this research for more than 20 years, owing to several of the company’s founding members being involved in the study of diabetes and to the company’s firm commitment to providing the best oral care. Sunstar drives research As proof of its commitment, Sunstar is participating in a number of other initiatives this year, such as a second workshop with the American Acad- emy of Periodontology (AAP) and the EFP on the classification of peri- odontal and peri-implant diseases, which will be held in Chicago in the US in November. Furthermore, the company, together with the Spanish Society of Periodontology and Os- seointegration (SEPA), will sponsor multiple clinical studies focused on the role of dental practices in identi- fying prediabetes and undiagnosed cases of diabetes. Sunstar also an- nounced its sponsorship of various studies on the importance of oral hygiene advice provided by primary care physicians. At the end of the year, the 21st edition of the Joslin–Sunstar Diabetes Edu- cation Initiative symposium will be held in Shanghai in China. This pro- ject, promoted by the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston in the US and the Sunstar Foundation, was launched in 2008 with the purpose of raising awareness among doctors, dentists and patients about the bi-directional relationship between oral health and diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, the symposium creates a platform for debate by experts in the field. Research grants for young professionals For several years, Sunstar has col- laborated with various scientific societies and clinics to promote research in the field of oral health and to determine its relationship to general health. This is especially evi- dent among new dental profession- als, with the most innovative being offered research grants. Examples are the Sunstar Innovation Grant, of- fered together with the AAP, and the SEPA–SUNSTAR grant, together with the SSP. The awards have resulted in, among others, the release of the Care for Your Gums, Control Diabetes publication by a dental hygienist in collaboration with the Sociedad Es- pañola de Diabetes [Spanish diabetes society], as well as the launch of the first Spanish study to determine the efficiency of dental consultations in the early diagnosis of diabetes. Over the last few years, Sunstar has introduced a series of social initia- tives with the aim of bringing knowl- edge to all levels of society in order to improve actual diabetes diagnostic, treatment and prevention figures.

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