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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 402-403
1st National Convention on Endodontic and Conservative Dentistry Clinical Research

Conference Secretary, ECCLAIRES

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Date of Web Publication3-Oct-2012

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Subbiya A. 1st National Convention on Endodontic and Conservative Dentistry Clinical Research. J Conserv Dent 2012;15:402-3

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Clinical success is the ultimate aim for any dental material or procedure. Lab based in-vitro study is only a step towards clinical research. Most of the in-vitro studies do not seem to evolve into a useful material or medication not because they are found to be inadequate, but it is rather not been tried in the clinical situation. Clinical research is the ultimate test for any material or procedure as it assesses the efficacy in a realistic clinical scenario

In our country there are more than 280 dental colleges. Everyday hundreds and thousands of patients are being treated in these hospitals. A wide variety of dental problems and complications are faced by us. Perhaps nowhere in the world any country will have so much scope and opportunities to do clinical research (in-vivo studies). It is often seen that our post graduate students collaborate with technical institutions to complete their dissertation. This involves expending energy on a large scale in order to obtain minimal inference. We do not realise that we are running around for something which is not superior to what we have around us, i.e. the scope for sound clinical research.

This prompted us to start ECCLIRES - Endodontic and Conservative dentistry Clinical Research Society with Dr. V.G.Sukumaran as the Chairman, Dr. A.Subbiya as Secretary and Dr. P.Vivekanandhan as the Convener. The first Convention of ECCLIRES was held at Sree Balaji Dental College for two days on 16th and 17th of June 2012 under the banner of Indian Association of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics (IACDE).

The main theme of the conference was to give an opportunity to showcase the clinical research and case management skills. There were delegates drawn from colleges all over the country. Scientific papers were invited from the faculties and the students on clinical research, case series and case reports only. Being the first convention of its kind, the guest lectures were aptly on Motivation for clinical research and another on Randomized Clinical Trials. The first guest lecture was by Dr. D. Kandaswamy, Dean, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University on Motivation for Clinical Research and second was by Dr. Vivek Aggarwal, Assistant Professor, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. On Randomized Clinical Trials.

Dr. L. Lakshminarayanan, Dean, SRM Kattangulathur Dental College and General Secretary of IACDE, presided over the proceedings. There were six sessions of scientific papers and one session for poster with a total number of fourty presentations in all. There was also an overall best paper session where best papers from each session competed.

The best paper was awarded to Dr. V. Vidhya et al of Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai and the second best paper was awarded to Dr. Ahendita Bhowmik et al of Thai Mookambigai Dental College, Chennai. The overall best paper was awarded with an ECCLIRES rolling shield and a cash prize of Rs.3000. Dr. R. Mensudar was in-charge of scientific papers and Dr.V. Prakash for Posters.

The discussion and deliberation were of high quality and interventions and questions by the participants enhanced the quality, comprehension and understanding of the subject discussion. Several suggestions and ideas emanated from the participants. To mention a few,

  1. There is a good scope for clinical research in India
  2. Clinical research will support and enhance the value of lab based research.
  3. It may be worthwhile to create a new department in every college to guide and monitor clinical research in an on-going basis.
  4. Before concluding I once again thank all the delegates for their active participation and valuable contribution. I am also happy to extend the invitation for the forthcoming conference scheduled during the month of June 2013.

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A Subbiya
Conference Secretary, ECCLAIRES

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