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Prof. dr. J. Aps
Johan earned his dental degree (1993), his certificate in paediatric dentistry (1997) and his PhD (2002), from the University of Ghent in Belgium. In 2008 he obtained a master’s degree in dental and maxillofacial radiology at the University of London, in Great Britain. He has previously worked in Belgium and the USA, and is currently employed as Associate Professor and Discipline Lead for DMFR and Divisional Head of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences at the University of Western Australia (Perth). He is also associate-editor of the DMFR journal. His research interests are anatomy, diagnostics, radiology and intraosseous anaesthesia.

Dr. W. Bellis
Wendy Bellis B.DS., MSc. Paediatric Dentistry, London 1983, Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (2007). Wendy  is a Specialist Paediatric Dentist and Honorary Clinical Senior Teaching Fellow at the Eastman Dental Institute, London. Her areas of expertise include “The Dental Management of the Autistic Child”. In recent years, her clinical work has almost exclusively been in the field of autistic spectrum disorder, with autistic children representing 90% of her clinical case load. Wendy is responsible for the content of the new leaflet for parents of autistic children which appears on the website for the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry.

Prof. dr. W. Brouwer
Werner Brouwer is a Professor of Health Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, affiliated with Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM), the institute for Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA) and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). He also is an Honorary University Professor at the Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary. His research focuses on the methodology of welfare economic evaluations in health care. He has performed work on the link between economic evaluation and health policy, behavioral economics and public health economics, with (too few!) applications in oral health. His work was published in journals like Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics and BMJ.

A. De Grauwe

Annelore De Grauwe, born May 9th, 1977, graduated as a general dentist in 2001 at the University of Ghent, Belgium. After graduation, she obtained a MSc in Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care at the University of Ghent in 2005. She works as a paediatric dentist in her own private practice, and performs narcodontics in 2 Belgian hospitals. She is active board member of the Belgian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and also active member of the EAPD, IAPD, EADMFR, IADMFR, IADR and NVDMFR. She started working as a researcher at OMFS-IMPATH in 2016, with special interest in paediatric dentistry and imaging.


Prof. Dr. J. Carvalho
Professor of Cariology and Pediatric Dentistry at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. President of the European Organisation for Caries Research and Associate Editor of the journal Caries Research. More than 50 papers published in peer reviewed journals. Main research subject is the management of the caries process in children, adolescents and young adults. More specifically, focus is given on clinical studies including epidemiology, diagnosis, risk assessment and non-operative treatment of dental caries.

Dr. M. Elfrink
Marlies Elfrink received in 2004 her dental degree from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands and continued with the 3-years-master program in paediatric dentistry at ACTA (Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam), the Netherlands. From 2007, she worked part-time as a PhD student at ACTA in addition to her clinical work as a general and paediatric dentist. In 2012 she received her PhD for her research on Hypomineralised Second Primary Molars (HSPM). Nowadays she works in her dental practice Mondzorgcentrum Nijverdal (The Netherlands) and participates in paediatric dentistry research (Paediatric REsearch Project (PREP)). Regularly, she publishes on her research and gives presentations at national and international conferences.

Manja van der Kooij
Drs. Manja van der Kooij (1974) is a registered Health Care Psychologist. The last 17 years she has been working in a private practice for children and adolescents with developmental and educational problems (OPPU De Bilt). Manja is experienced in clinical and educational psychology assessments that lead to practical solutions for young people’s academic, social and emotional functioning. She is passionate about counselling from a solution focused approach. She works at Kinderpsy Hilversum and provides workshops and trainings for educational professionals. Further, she provides supervision to other psychologists who work with children, adolescents and their parents. She recently obtained training and started working at a psychotrauma expertise centre for adults with complex PTSS.

Prof. dr. Nicola Innes
Nicola initially qualified as a Registered General Nurse, then gained a BSc in Life Sciences, BMSc in Cellular/Molecular Pathology and BDS(hons). She spent seven years as a General Dentist and completed a PhD based on a randomised control trial investigating the Hall Technique. Nicola is teaching lead for Paediatric Dentistry and Evidence Based Practice and has published widely in these areas. She is Co-Principal Investigator on two UK wide clinical trials and participates in Germany, Lithuania, Australia, Brazil, US and New Zealand based trials. She sits on several guidance development groups and is Co-Associate Editor of Evidence Based Dentistry Journal.

A. Klein
Since 1980 working at Sheerenloo. From nursing care, dental assistance, prevention assistance to autism coach. I assist the dentist and organize and carry out the “get used to” processes. I also coach parents, caretakers and the dental team in CBT Julianadorp in the guidance of patients with autism with or without an intellectual disability. In addition I provide presentations about autism and dentistry for anyone who wants to know more.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Krämer
Prof. Dr. Norbert Krämer obtained his PhD from the University of Erlangen in 1997. Between 2006 and 2009 he was the head of the Department of Paediatric Dentistry in Dresden. In 2009 he was appointed to the director of the Policlinic of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Gießen. He was elected in different positions (2000-2004 President of the German Society of Paediatric Dentistry [GSPD], Board member of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry [EAPD; 2008 President-elect, 2010 President, 2012 Past-President], 2015-2019 again President of the GSPD, 2017-2019 member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry [Representative of the Nations]. Prof. Krämer is Editor and Editorial Board of several international journals. He has published ca. 170 research papers/books/articles (cum IF: 152; Research Gate Score: 35.6; H-index 36). His expertise is in dental materials, dental public health and controlled clinical studies.

Prof. dr. L. Marks
Prof. Luc Marks is chair of the Centre for Special Care in Dentistry at Ghent University hospital, Belgium. Major research interests are the treatment of Special Care patients including epidemiology and ethics. He published over 60 international papers/book chapters. Currently Prof. Marks is president of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH), president-elect of the international dental ethics and law society (IDEALS) and regional clinical advisor Europe/Eurasia of the Special Olympics Special Smiles program. Prof. Marks is appointed as visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb, guest lecturer/external examiner at the University of Ljubliana, Slovenia and external examiner at Marmaris University, Istanbul Turkey and Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland. Prof Marks serves in the editorial board of Special Care in Dentistry and ACTA Stomotologica Croatica.

Dr. J. Schmoeckel
Dr. Julian Schmoeckel studied dentistry at the University of Greifswald (Germany) and at the University of Helsinki (Finland). He works as a pediatric dentist and researcher as well as a clinical and scientific supervisor for the Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry in the Department of Preventive & Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Greifswald. His areas of research cover the fields of cariology and pediatric dentistry, in particular caries epidemiology and caries prevention in children.

Dr. Schuller
Annemarie A. Schuller (1964) graduated as a dentist in 1988 (RUG). Since there was a surplus of dentists in the Netherlands at that time, she moved to Norway. She worked in a general practice in the Northern part of Norway (Lapland), obtained a master’s degree from Public Health (Tromsø, the world’s most northerly university) and has subsequently carried out her PhD research in dental epidemiology at the University of Oslo. Since 2000 she has been working as a researcher at TNO Child Health in Leiden and also – since 2013- as an associate professor at the Center for Dentistry and Oral Hygiene in Groningen.

Dr. Sivaprakash Rajasekharan BDS, MSc
Dr. Sivaprakash Rajasekharan BDS, MSc Paediatric Dentistry is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care, Ghent University, Belgium. He graduated from Vinayaka Missions University, India in 2008 and completed his post graduate (2013) and PhD (2017) under the guidance of Prof. dr. Luc Martens from Ghent University, Belgium. His PhD thesis was based on the material properties, cytotoxicity and clinical efficacy of tricalcium silicate based cements. He is the recipient of the “Young investigator award” from the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) in 2014. He is currently a member of the Clinical Affairs Committee of the EAPD. His research interests include tricalcium silicates, bioactive materials, paediatric endodontics and regenerative therapy.

Mark Robertson
“Mark completed his undergraduate dental training at the University of Dundee in 2012. In late 2014, he obtained the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Throughout his postgraduate years, he developed an interest in research and its great importance in continually improving healthcare. Mark joined the FiCTION team as Senior Clinical Researcher in October 2015, based at the University of Dundee. In February 2018, Mark was awarded the degree Master of Science by research for his thesis titled, “Dental Care for Children with Learning Disabilities; A Systematic review of treatment Provision and a Prospective Study of the Hall Technique to Improve Treatment Delivery”. He currently works on two NIHR funded trials, delivers clinical and academic teaching to both undergraduate and post-graduate students and maintains clinical practice with his own Paediatric dentistry clinics at Dundee Dental Hospital and School”.

N. van der Valk
Training Consultant UK/Ireland/Netherlands, Myofunctional Research Company.
For the past 5 years Niels has offered support, education and training to assist practitioners and their teams to identify breathing and myofunctional problems that limit facial growth. He offers doctors and their staff a practical and modern approach to diagnosis of poor myofunctional habits and treatment of the underlying causes of malocclusion using the Myobrace System.

A. Verlinden
Ashley Verlinden graduated as a health scientist in 2010 at VU Amsterdam. She started working as a junior researcher at the department Child Health of TNO Leiden. At TNO she collaborated in projects about health of pregnant women and newborns. Since 2012 she has been involved in various projects about the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the oral health of young children and elderly in the Netherlands. In 2014 she started her PhD research “GigaGaaf!” at the Center for Dentistry and Oral Hygiene of the University Medical Center Groningen to evaluate an oral health intervention aimed at young children.

Dr. E. Vermaire
Erik Vermaire graduated as a dentist in 2000 at ACTA (Amsterdam). Subsequently, he has worked as a general dental practitioner for 6 years. In 2006 he has finished the master programme “Management of dental fear” (ACTA/SBT) and started a PhD study on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different caries-prevention strategies. This resulted in 2013 in his PhD Thesis: Optimizing Oral Health: towards a tailored, effective and cost-effective dental care (University of Amsterdam). Currently Erik works part-time as a dentist for people with extreme levels of dental fear and otherwise psychologically of psychiatric compromised patients at the Centre for Special Care Dentistry of the Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. Furthermore he holds positions of research associate at TNO Child Health in Leiden and of assistant professor at the centre for dentistry and oral hygiene (CTM) at the UMCG in Groningen. He is interested in oral epidemiology, quality of life and cost-effectiveness of (oral) health care.

Dr. K. Weerheijm
Dr Weerheijm is paediatric dentist recognised by the NVvK and full member of the EAPD. After graduating in 1984 she worked for about 20 years at the paediatric department of ACTA. The subject of her PhD thesis was hidden caries. Other main research area’s, of which over 150 manuscripts are published, are early childhood caries and Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation (MIH). At the moment, besides working in her own paediatric practice, she is chair of the Consilium Pedodontologicum of the NVvK, member of the Paediatric REsearch Project (PREP) and involved in research concerning RET, vitamin D and MIH.

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