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SUNSTAR Conversations PRO The Perio Link: periodontal and cardiovascular diseases

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.

Join our 1st special session to celebrate the 2021 winners

On November 3rd 2:30pm CET with Prof. James Beck and Prof. Richard Singer about periodontal and cardiovascular diseases, moderated by Prof. Kenneth Kornman.



Who are the speakers?


Prof. James Beck, MS, PhD:

Dr. Beck is a W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry and holds a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been actively engaged in research for the past forty years.

This research activity has resulted in more than 300 journal articles and book chapters, the majority being related to the epidemiology of periodontal diseases and dental caries. Current research activities focus on the relationships between oral and systemic diseases (periodontal medicine).

Dr. Beck has extensive experience with research training grants having been the PI on an Oral Epidemiology PhD training grant for 15 years, a Co-PI on an Oral and systemic disease clinical training grant for 5 years, PI on a training grant in clinical research, and most recently, was the PI on a training grant that included program in basic science, epidemiology, clinical research, and health policy. While at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Beck also has established a Special Care program that treats geriatric and special care patients, an MS program in Geriatric Dentistry, and a Ph.D. program in Oral Epidemiology.


Prof. Richard Singer, DMD, MS, PhD:


Dr. Singer attended UCLA where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Biology. He obtained his DMD degree at Washington University, St. Louis, and his MS degree from St. Louis University, while completing his residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

After a successful clinical career in private practice in Ohio and Jerusalem, Israel, Dr. Singer joined the Department of Orthodontics at Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine where he served as Postgraduate Program Director and as Department Chairman, and recently joined the Department of Oral Science and Translational Research.

He completed his PhD in Epidemiology (2018) at the University of Miami (UM), Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences.

During his doctoral studies at UM, Dr. Singer’s research interests in population oral health led to his appointment as the Oral Health Sub-committee representative from the Miami Field Center to the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). 

His research Interests are Oral Health Epidemiology / Health Behaviors, Oral Health / Systemic Health associations (Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Kidney disease, Metabolic Syndrome), Occupational Exposures and disease outcomes, Physical Activity – Obesity, Cognition and Biostatistics.



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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