David is a clinician researcher based in the South East of Greater London. He qualified form the London Hospital Medical College in 1986. He obtained his MD in Dysphagia following stroke from London University in 1997. He has been published 59 papers in peer reviewed journals, multiple abstracts and numerous presentations to Learned Societies (British Geriatric Society, European Society of Swallowing Disorders, UK Swallowing Research Group, Dysphagia Research Society, Society of Acute Medicine). David is Chair of the UK Swallowing Research Group and has been a board member of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders and Hon Secretary of the British Association of Stroke Physicians. He has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Dr. Carole Palmer is a Tenured Professor and Head of the Division of Nutrition and Oral Health Promotion at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with a Master’s degree from Tufts University and a Doctoral degree from Boston University.
Her primary mission for the past 50 years has been to educate dental, dental hygiene, and nutrition students, and other health professionals how to implement meaningful nutrition/oral health care in clinical settings. She is also a leader in fostering Interprofessional Education between nutrition and dentistry. For over 50 years, graduate nutrition/dietetic intern students have had in depth clinical rotations at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, working with dental students and their patients to provide optimal preventive/nutrition care while learning how to work with dental professionals to foster better oral health.
Dr. Palmer has published extensively in the professional and lay literature, and has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally on nutrition and oral health issues for professional organizations, government, voluntary agencies, private industry, the media, and the public. Her textbook: Palmer C, Boyd L. Diet, Nutrition, and Oral Health, Prentice Hall, 2016 is in its 3rd. edition
Dr. K.V. "Venk" Venkatachalam received initial education B.S. (Botany) from St. John’s College and MS (Immunology), with first class and held highest rank from the MK University Campus, Madurai, India. After moving to the United States he received a B.S./M.S. degree in plant biology (1983, 1985) from Washington State University. He then took a researcher job for brief period in 1986 with Arthur Grossman, in the Carnegie Institute of Washington at Stanford University Campus, CA. He then moved to Texas in the fall of 1986 and was mentored by Professor Chauncey R. Benedict on Prenyltransferase enzymes and Polyisoprene synthesis. In 1991 he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry, Texas A&M university, College Station, TX.
Natalia Elson has graduated from Dnepropetrovsk Medical Institute( Ukraine) and NYU College of Dentistry( USA). She completed General Practice Residency in 1978 and 2011 and Oral Surgery Residency in 1986. She is the Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Assistant Director at NYU College of Dentistry. She is certified in Laser Dentistry and CAD/CAM technology. She has published papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member.
Dr. Hellstein received his DDS from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1982 and completed his oral pathology training at the University of Iowa in 1991. He is past president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology as well as the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology. He is A past member and chair of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs and current Commissioner on the Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dr. David Clark is the former Staff Dentist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. He is also an Instructor in Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.
He obtained his DDS at the University of Toronto in 1976 and his MSc. in Oral Pathology (Western University) in 1986. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. He received the Award of Distinction from the Academy of Dentistry International in 2015 for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education. He received the Award of Merit from the Ontario Dental Association in 2016.
His hospital-based practice was devoted to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions.
He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of:
1. Psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations;
2. Oral care and the Geriatric Patient: An Emerging Reality
3. Review of Clinical Oral Pathology.
He currently participates in the teaching of the undergraduate dental curriculum relating to the topics of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene, Year 2) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and at George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. William Riley served over two decades as president and CEO of several medical delivery organizations and also has substantial public health expertise with 15 years of research. He is Director of the National Safety Net Advancement Center (SNAC), which assists oral health providers in successfully responding to value-based payment. Dr. Riley recently developed a model for oral health value-based payment, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.