Ten international experts to address conference on keystone periodontitis pathogen

Dental scientists from around the world will come to Melbourne in May to share the latest research on the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis.

The Melbourne Dental School’s Oral Health CRC is hosting ‘PgMelbourne2017’ -  the 3rd international conference on Porphyromonas gingivalis and related species.

P. gingivalis has been recognised as a keystone pathogen in the onset and progression of chronic periodontitis, influencing the behaviours of other oral bacteria and the host response. The bacterium is the target of a vaccine currently being developed for chronic periodontitis which was the subject of recent media attention following an article in the journal NPJ Vaccines.

MDS’s Melbourne Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO is a co-convenor of the conference along with Professor Koji Nakayama of Nagasaki University and Professor Mike Curtis of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Professor Reynolds says the conference will be a unique opportunity to hear the world’s leading periodontal researchers and gain an understanding of current knowledge about the causes of and possible treatments for periodontitis.


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