Welcome Remark

President of European Organisation for Caries Research

Dear colleagues, on behalf of the European Organisation for Caries Research also known as ORCA, I would like to welcome you to the Conference in Cariology which has been carefully planned to highlight the state of the art in this field. The program of the ORCA Summer School, largely devoted to methodology and statistics, will hopefully be a source of inspiration for further research projects of young scientists in South Asian countries. I thank the local Organising Committee for its efforts to make this event a success.

Prof. Joana Carvalho
- President of ORCA -

University of Malaya


Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh and a very good day

First and foremost I would like to congratulate the organiser, led by Associate Prof Dr Chew Hooi Pin for organizing this conference and bringing the summer school here in UM. This is the first time that the summer school, whose main objective is to advance caries research, is held in the Asia-Pacific region, and the University of Malaya is given the honour to host the summer school together with ORCA. I thank Professor Joana Carvalho, ORCA President,  and the ORCA board for making this possible.

Dental caries has been a perennial problem in our region. Studies have shown that caries has a great impact on the quality of life. Thus, it is important for us to find ways to prevent this disease from occurring. Although the prevalence of dental caries has shown reduction in many countries, it continues to be a burden especially among the developing countries.  Efforts in preventing dental caries need to be continued. Since the magnitude of the problem is great, as such research on caries prevention and early treatment is essential. This one day conference will discuss on very relevant topics on dental caries which include challenges in our region, the caries process, diagnostics, caries risk assessment, caries prevention and management, non-carious tooth surface loss and the Cariology core curriculum in Europe. These topics are relevant and beneficial for those in the academia and practice. Some of you will participate in the summer school. This is a very good platform for us from this region to discuss and perhaps come out with research proposals on dental caries to benefit not only our countries but also our region.

I hope that this event will be a fruitful and beneficial to all of us.

Thank you.

Prof. Dato' Dr. Zainal Ariff Bin Abdul Rahman
 - Dean of Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya -