Seq#6 & 8 - International Centre for Oral Health Inequalities Research and Policy (ICOHIRP) & The 2018 Oral Epidemiology (Epi) Forum Satellite Symposium, IADR 2018 present:

Broadening our Perspectives on Oral Health Inequalities (registration required)

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.

More information and registration can be found at

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain understanding on the health economics evaluation of interventions to address oral health inequalities.
  • To discuss the application fields and appropriate interpretation of cost-effectiveness measures in oral health research, with emphasis on research on health inequalities.
  • To communicate among oral epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and population health scientists to identify potential areas for research collaboration.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of how disability is linked and influences the broader health inequalities agenda, and explore its role on oral health inequalities.
  • To present an overview of oral health inequalities in low and middle income countries and introduce the role of the WHO in actions to address them.
  • To provide an overview of oral health inequalities in marginalized populations, including indigenous populations, and highlight implications for policy and public health action.