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Melbourne is set to host PgMelbourne 2017, an international conference focused on the oral bacterium P. gingivalis and related species. (Photograph: Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock)
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PgMelbourne2017 to put P. gingivalis in the spotlight

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MELBOURNE, Australia: The capital city of Victoria will play host to some of the leading dental researchers from around the world next month when they gather to discuss their findings on the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis at PgMelbourne2017. The conference will run from 14 to 16 May and be hosted by the Oral Health CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) at the University of Melbourne. It will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, located in the picturesque South Wharf area of the city.

PgMelbourne2017 is the third in a series of international conferences on P. gingivalis and related species in oral and systemic diseases. It follows PgLondon2015 and Pg2012, which was held in Nagasaki in Japan. The programme features presentations by ten distinguished international experts, as well as a host of local researchers. In addition to six paper sessions covering a variety of topics, there will be two poster sessions. A welcome reception will be held on the night of 14 May and a conference dinner on the following evening.

P. gingivalis is recognised as being a key factor in the development and progression of periodontitis. It can also influence the host response and the behaviour of other oral bacteria. Associations between periodontitis and heart disease, stroke and diabetes have been established in many dental studies, so reducing the prevalence of P. gingivalis is an important step in maintaining good oral health and overall well-being. A definite point of discussion at PgMelbourne2017 will be the recent development of a vaccine for chronic periodontitis by researchers at the Oral Health CRC. This vaccine aims to reduce or even eliminate the need for antibiotics and surgery for the condition and clinical trials are to commence in 2018.

PgMelbourne2017 will immediately precede the 37th Australian Dental Congress, to be held in Melbourne from 17 to 21 May. Dental professionals can register for PgMelbourne2017 and obtain more information about the conference at www.pgmelbourne2017.com.

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