Anderson Hara

Anderson HaraAssociate Professor Dr. Anderson Hara graduated with a DDS degree in 1997 followed by a postgraduate degree (MSD) in Operative Dentistry in 2001, from the State University of Campinas, Brazil. He then obtained his PhD in Operative Dentistry also from the State University of Campinas, Brazil in 2005 before completing his postdoctoral in Preventive Dentistry at the University of Indianapolis, USA in 2006.

Dr. Hara is currently an Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). He is also the Director of the Laboratory Research Core and Laboratory Testing Facility at the Oral Health Research Institute (OHRI), IUSD. He is the current director for the MSD/MS Preventive Dentistry Program at IUSD, a position he has held since 2013.

He is a member of various national and international organisations including the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) and American Dental Association – Standard Committee on Dental Products. Associate Professor Dr. Hara was the Secretary-treasurer of the Cariology Research Group, IADR (2009-2012) and has been a President Elect/President/Past President, of the Cariology Research Group, IADR between 2012 and 2015. He is also an Associate editor of the Caries Research journal since 2010.

Dr. Hara’s research interests are related to the understanding and clinical management of dental erosion-abrasion, with emphasis on preventive and minimal invasive therapeutic measures. He also has interest in the areas of dental Remineralization and secondary caries.

Dental Erosion Diagnosis and Management

The prevalence of dental erosion has shown a worldwide increase in the last decades across many countries, yet many questions still exist on the clinical management of this condition. This presentation will address relevant aspects related to 1) early detection and differentiation of dental erosive lesions, comparing them to other dental hard-tissue pathologies; and 2) existing strategies for the prevention of dental erosion initiation and progression, with a brief overview of related oral care products.   

Presentation of a Laboratory study

In order to conduct proper in vitro studies in Cariology and related areas, it is important that certain steps are followed, fulfilling essential scientific and experimental requirements. The hypothesis/objective needs to be clearly stated. A flowchart showing these necessary steps will be presented and discussed, starting from the conceptualization of the study idea and experiment design all the way to discussion of the findings and report. Successful completion of these actions should decrease chances for unexpected problems and increase the likelihood for success, including eventual publication of the data. In addition, this structured approach allows researchers to better focus on the scientific question of the study. An in vitro research project will be used to illustrate this process.