CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 16 - Sticking Together: A Tale of Two Oral Microbiologists

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

This symposium is a tribute to the scientific legacies of two major contributors to the field of Oral Microbiology: Paul E. Kolenbrander and Howard F. Jenkinson. Paul’s lifelong work focused on understanding the process of dental plaque accretion on teeth. He defined the specificity and mechanisms of coaggregation between oral microbes, which served as the basis for a long-standing diagrammatic model of dental plaque maturation. Likewise, Howard’s work has significantly influenced current understanding of the molecular basis of colonization and pathogenesis by oral microbes, particularly Streptococcus. Together, their contributions have been fundamental in highlighting the community nature of dental plaque and the necessity to study polymicrobial interactions. This symposium will celebrate these scientific achievements with talks from former colleagues, trainees and scientists influenced by their ideas and continuing their legacies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the role of coaggregation and microbial adhesins in oral biofilm development
  • Recognize complex intermicrobial interactions as driving factors of plaque maturation. Understand the role of microbial adhesions in facilitating polymicrobial biofilm development.
  • Learn about the contributions of Profs. Paul E. Kolenbrander and Howard F. Jenkinson to the field of Oral Microbiology