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FINDOS Symposium 2021:
Saliva and Lifestyle – Microbial and Clinical Perspectives

Thursday 20 May 2021 and Thursday 2 September 2021

FINDOS Symposium 2021

Saliva is a watery secretion of the salivary glands. In addition to its well-known functions in lubrication and digestion, it also maintains oral health and prevents dental and periodontal diseases by providing continuous protection against infectious, physical, and chemical stresses. Recent studies indicate that the salivary microbial profile and salivary protective functions are prone to local and environmental factors. In this two-day webinar, we will try to find answer to the question: how do our lifestyle choices and nutritional preferences affect our oral microbial composition and salivary defense?

Register for FINDOS Symposium 2021 Part 1

Registration for FINDOS Symposium 2021 Part 1 has closed.
The deadline for registration to participate was 18 May 2021.

Doctoral candidates who wish to present their research should register by 6 May at the latest. Approved presenters will be notified on 7 May 2021, presenters are selected on a first come first served basis.

Participation in FINDOS Symposium 2021 is free of charge.

PART 1: Nutrition and Microbiome
Thursday 20 May 2021

Morning session (10.00-12.00)
Chair: Vuokko Loimaranta

Kirsi Laitinen, Associate professor (University of Turku, Finland)
Impact of Nutrition on Human Microbiome

Anders Esberg, PhD (Umeå University, Sweden)
Nutrition, Genes, and Oral Microbiome


Afternoon session
The talks by doctoral candidates have been postponed to 2 Sept 2021.

PART 2: Lifestyle and Saliva
Thursday 2 September 2021

Morning session (10.00-12.00)
Chair: Ulvi Gursoy

Toon Ligtenberg, Associate professor (ACTA, the Netherlands)
Lifestyle Choices and Salivary Defense

Floris Bikker, Professor (ACTA, the Netherlands)
Hyposalivation in relation to the protective functions of saliva


Afternoon session (13.00-14.30)
Chair: Liisa Lehto

Presentations by selected UTU doctoral candidates (15 min/presentation incl. questions)

Omar Ismail (University of Turku, doctoral candidate)
Clinical evaluation of dimethyl sulfoxide pretreatments on the durability of composite restorations

Merve Uctasli (University of Turku, doctoral candidate)
High-Intensity Light Curing Unit: Total Radiant Energy and Microtensile Bond Strength

Neslihan Yilmaz (University of Turku)
Salivary Macrophage Activation-Related Cytokines in Children with Type1 Diabetes Mellitus