The Center for Integrative Global Oral Health (CIGOH) Lecture Series has been reframed as a dialogue with prominent scholars in the realm of global health. The new series, entitled “Roots of Wisdom,” will bring together influential global leaders to answer and discuss thought-provoking questions and share their population and public health experience and knowledge. The series will run monthly.

Roots of Wisdom Interview Series

Past Conversations:

Director of the Institute of Health Equity, Professor of Epidemiology, University College London
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The Honorable Steven L. Beshear
61st Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
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Myechia Minter-JordanMD, MBA
President and CEO of the CareQuest Institute of Oral Health
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Marko Vujicic, PhD
Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association
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Gordon Guyatt, MD, MSc
Distinguished Professor, McMaster University
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Lisa Askie, PhD, MPH, FAHMS, FHEA
Scientist, Methods Lead, Methods & Standards Team, Quality Assurance of Norms and Standards, Science Division, World Health Organization
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Janet Clarkson, DDS, PhD
Founding Member and Joint Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Oral Health Group, Director of Effective Dental Practice Program, University of Dundee
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John Kemp, JD
President & CEO Lakeshore Foundation
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Rena D’Souza, DDS, MS, PhD
Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH
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Timothy Ricks, DMD, MPH, FICD, FACD, FPFA
RADM (Ret.), U.S. Public Health Service IHS Headquarters Division of Oral Health (temporary)
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Julia Belluz, MSc
Journalist, Focused on Medicine, Science and Global Public Health
Brian O’Connell, BDS, PhD, FACP, FTCD
Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty of Health Sciences Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
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Julian Fisher, BDS, MSC, MIH 
Director of Oral and Planetary Health Policies, Center for Integrative Global Oral Health at the University of Pennsylvania


Center for Integrative Global Oral Health Lecture Series

View archived lectures from the original series featuring leading researchers, policy makers and advocates from across the globe who speak about the future of oral health equity.

Go to archived webinars

Library of Archived Webinars (On-Demand)

Richard G. Watt, PhD
University College of London
“Time for Action on Global Oral Health”

Michael Glick, DMD
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
“Integrative Oral Health. Can We Afford Not To?”

Habib Benzian, DDS, MScDPH, PhD
NYU College of Dentistry
“Changing Attitude and Altitude to Achieve Universal Oral Health Equity”

Think Tank and Open Forum
Presented by The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders and the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health

WHO 2021 Oral Health Resolution: Putting Oral Health Back on the Global Agenda
Moderated by Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, President of The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders
Benoit Varenne, 
Chief Dental Office, WHO
Christopher Fox, DMD, DMSc
Chief Executive Officer, IADR/AADR
Enzo Bondioni
Executive Director, FDI

Alonso Carrasco-Labra, DDS, MSC, PhD
American Dental Association
“Emergence of a Global Evidence Ecosystem for Oral Health”

Caswell Evans, DDS, MPH
Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois Chicago
“Race, Racism and Oral Health”

Scott Burris, J.D.
Professor of Law and Director, Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University
“Legal Epidemiology Is Key to Addressing the Social Determinants of Health”

Manu Raj Mathur, BDS MPH (UK) PhD (UK)
Head, Health Policy and Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi
“Universal Oral Health Coverage: A Pipe Dream or a Development Imperative”

Katie Dain
Chief Executive Officer, NCD Alliance
“The Global Response to Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Oral Health: The Common Ground and Opportunities for Collaboration”

Stefan Listl, DMD, MSc, PhD
Professor in Quality and Safety of Oral Health Care, Radboud University
Director of Translational Health Economics, Heidelberg University
“Harnessing Citizen Values for Oral Health Systems Improvement”

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
co-PI, Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health
“Improving Medical-Dental Integration – Educationally, Professionally, Clinically: A Physician-Educator’s Perspective”

Hiroshi Ogawa, DDS, MDSc, PhD
Professor, Division of Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Niigata University
“Oral Health Promotion for Older People – Towards Healthy Ageing -“

Georgios Tsakos, DDS, MSc, PhD, FFPH
Professor of Dental Public Health Chair, Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe Department of Epidemiology and Public Health WHO Collaborating Centre of Oral Health Inequalities and Public Health University College London
“Oral Health in Ageing Societies: What Can Epidemiology and Public Health Offer?”

John N. Lavis, MD, MSc, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University
Director, McMaster Health Forum
“Lessons Learned from Supporting ‘Learning Health Systems’ and Evidence-Informed Policymaking”

Carol C. Guarnizo-Herreño, DDS, MPH, PhD
Departamento de Salud Colectiva, Facultad de Odontología, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
“Political Determinants of Oral Health”

Bryan Cole Smith, EdM
Program Coordinator, Department of Oral Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
“One Patient’s Perspective”

Luisa N. Borrell, DDS, PhD
Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
“The Use of Race and Ethnicity in Oral Health Research”

Victor M. Montori, MD
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
“On Care”

Natalia Chalmers, DDS, MHSc, PhD
Chief Dental Officer, Office of the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
“Oral Health: An Evidence and Data-Driven Approach to Achieve Better Health, Equity, and Fiscal Responsibility”

Lisa Schwartz, DDS, PhD
Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact (formerly Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
“Dentistry, Oral Health & Humanitarian Health Ethics”

Rodrigo Giacaman, DDS, PhD
Dean and Full Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Talca, Chile
“Geriatric Dentistry; Clinical, Community and Political Implications”

Robert Weyant, MS, DMD, DrPH
Associate Dean for Public Health and professor and chair of the Department of Dental Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
“How to Make an Impact With Your Research: An Editor’s Wish List”



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