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SUNSTAR Conversations PRO The Perio Link: Periodontal Pathogens and Oral Cancer

SUNSTAR CONVERSATIONS PRO is a series of online conversations in English with leading experts from the oral care field dedicated to dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, medical doctors, pharmacists and students.


After the monthly conversations on the theme of oral health challenges through different life stages from the pregnant woman to the aging patient (re-watch here), a series of 2 special webinars will take place in November to tackle the interrelationships between oral health and general health, in conjunction with the Sunstar World Perio Research award.

Periodontal diseases have an impact on general health and vice-versa. Poor oral health is associated with diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and more.

The Sunstar World Perio Research Award, established in 2003, aims to promote further research in the oral-systemic link to raise awareness around the world. Three winning papers are selected by a committee, formed by the representatives of leading international dental journals (Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Journal of Periodontal Research, Journal of Dental Research).

The 1st session celebrated the 1st two 2021 winning papers about periodontal and cardiovascular diseases.

Join our 2nd session on November 18th at 3:30pm CET to celebrate the 3rd winning paper on periodontal pathogens and oral cancer with Dr Manosha Perera and Dr Irosha Perera, moderated by Dr Nicholas Jakubovics, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dental Research.

Who are the speakers?


Dr. Manosha Perera, PhD:

Dr. Manosha Perera is a Free Lance Research Scholar and Alumni of School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

Currently she is involved in research work based on the influence of periodontal pathogens in oral carcinogenesis. She has knowhow in all sub-specialties of microbiology to address matters as a ‘new thinker in multidisciplinary approach’.

She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Microbiology in 2017 by winning Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship in 2012.

She has more than 21 years of experience in the fields of Diagnostic Microbiology/Diagnostic Mycology/Diagnostic Molecular Biology at the Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka. Her numerous publications in high impact international peer-reviewed journals provide a H-index of 5 with 263 citations.

Dr. Perera’s research interests vary from Public Health to molecular perspectives of Oral Microbiome. 


Dr Irosha Rukmali Perera, BDS, MSc., MD

Dr Irosha Perera is a Dental Public Health Specialist and serving as the Head of the Preventive Oral Health Unit, National Dental Hospital (Teaching) Sri Lanka, the primer, multispecialty, tertiary care public dental hospital in Sri Lanka.

She obtained her Doctor of Medicine in Community Dentistry postgraduate degree with a merit award in 2006. She has a strong research background in Dental Public Health and Public Health with numerous publications in high impact international peer-reviewed journals possessing a H-index of 16 and 1008 citations to this date.

She won President’s awards for scientific publications in 2007, 2008 and 2016. Her research interest spans over a wide range of fields including social inequality in health and oral health, quality of life, oral health related quality of life, psycho-oncological perspective of oral cancer, oral microbiome and oral cancer, health and oral health promotion and oral & maxillofacial injury surveillance systems.


After the success of  SUNSTAR CONVERSATIONS: healthy thinking  series in 2020 (re-watch here), SUNSTAR aimed to continue focusing on online education and expert knowledge sharing in 2021. That is how the concept of the  SUNSTAR CONVERSATIONS PRO webinars was born, led by experts and dedicated to health professionals.

In line with company’s holistic philosophy, SUNSTAR decided to focus this series on the different mouth caring requirements over the lifespan and the conditions that may occur. Each webinar is dedicated to one specific life stage, from mother’s pregnancy to childhood, adulthood and finally the aging period, and will involve two health experts who will share their experience and discuss their insights on the specific topic.   

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