2025 Meeting Program

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The mission of The International Academy of Endodontics is to improve the oral health of the public by promoting the highest quality of non-commercial endodontic and scientific continuing education for its membership.  .......our members seek out speakers from many areas in biology, medicine and dentistry who are exceptional leaders in their field.  The goal of the meeting is to provide advanced knowledge and understanding, to give inspiration through basic science and clinical leadership, and to provide serious mentorship for all attendees.
May 29, 2025 (Members Meeting for IAE Members only)
May 30-31, 2025 (Scientific Program for All Attendees)

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Highlights of Speakers and Topics
Long Essay Presentations
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Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer
Director, Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the University of Potsdam,
Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg
Berlin, Germany
Gerd Gigerenzer is a German psychologist who has studied the use of bounded rationality and heuristics in decision making. Gigerenzer is director emeritus of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development[1] and director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy,[2] both in Berlin.

Gigerenzer investigates how humans make inferences about their world with limited time and knowledge. He proposes that, in an uncertain world, probability theory is not sufficient; people also use smart heuristics, that is, rules of thumb. He conceptualizes rational decisions in terms of the adaptive toolbox (the repertoire of heuristics an individual or institution has) and the ability to choose a good heuristics for the task at hand. A heuristic is called ecologically rational to the degree that it is adapted to the structure of an environment.

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Dr. Kirk Pasquinelli
Private Practice
San Francisco, CA, USA

Dr. Kirk Pasquinelli received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry (UCSF). He completed a general practice hospital-based residency at Mount Zion Medical Center and remained on the hospital dental and training staff while also practicing restorative dentistry in San Francisco. He received his periodontal training at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, Division of Graduate Prosthodontics and has taught continuing dental education at both UCSF and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy as well as the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education.

Dr. Pasquinelli continues to teach select groups nationally and internationally and has authored numerous articles in periodontal and restorative dentistry literature. He is a consultant for the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry as well as the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Since 1988, Dr. Pasquinelli has maintained a private practice in downtown San Francisco dedicated to periodontics, esthetic and pre-prosthetic oral surgery, as well as dental implants.

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Dr. Jason Smithson
Private Practice
St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK

Jason Smithson is an internationally renowned cosmetic and reconstructive dentist formerly of London’s Harley Street Medical District, he is now based in St Agnes, Cornwall where he offers dentistry, dental-education and medico-legal expert witness services

World-class crowns, veneers and direct composite resin artistry are delivered with uncompromising standards bespoke to the patient’s individual requirements. He is considered to be the ‘Dentist’s Dentist’ and regularly treats other dentists; many of whom travel from throughout the UK to see him.

Dr Smithson is an ‘In Demand’ presenter and is perhaps the most prolific in the UK. He is considered by his peers to be an authority on aesthetic dentistry and has presented to audiences on every continent over the past 10 years. He is a true innovator and pioneered the use of Dental Operating Microscope in teaching Direct Resin Artistry to other dentists in the UK; he is the author of numerous articles and a book on crowns in aesthetic dentistry.

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Dr. Falk Schwendicke
Professor for Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Professor of Conservative Dentistry, including Operative, Preventive and Paediatric Dentistry, and Periodontology. His research focuses on cariology, artificial intelligence, health economics and health services research. He is one of the most highly cited researchers in dentistry.
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Dr. Richard Schawrtz
Private Practice
San Antonio, TX, USA
Dr. Rick Schwartz graduated dental school from the University of Minnesota in 1977. He was a restorative dentist for 19 years prior to entering post-graduate training in endodontics. Early in his career he attended a 2-year general dentistry residency while in the U. S. Air Force, and then did a combination of private practice, teaching and dental materials research before entering endodontic training in 1996. He has authored over 100 articles and abstracts in scientific journals and was a cover author on 3 editions of “Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry” by Quintessence Publishing Co. He is first author of the book “Best Practices in Endodontics,” and is a cover author of the book “Advanced Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Endodontics.” He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and in 17 other countries.
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Dr. Justin Durham
Director, Health Innovation Neighbourhood.
Professor of Orofacial Pain & Hon. Consultant Oral Surgeon.
Newcastle University. Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Justin is a Professor of Orofacial Pain and Head of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Oral Surgeon at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

His primary research interests are in orofacial pain both at the first and second translational research gaps.

He has wide experience in a variety of methodologies involved in health services research. He leads an active orofacial pain research group which has wide-ranging international collaborations and that is truly multidisciplinary in nature.

As pain is multidimensional and involves not only perception of intensity, but also more wider reaching effects such as how it makes you feel or act our research program involves many different disciplines including: clinical dentistry such as oral surgery, endodontology; clinical medicine, clinical nutrition, and clinical psychology; health sciences such as health economics, medical sociology; biomedical sciences such as neuroscience and imaging and neurophysiology.

Alternate Speaker
Dr. Ali Etemad
Short Essay Presentations 
Dr. Ryan Sorden
Dr. Ryan Tiggert
Dr. Matt Kintsler
Dr. Kirk Huffaker
Dr. Sashi Nallapati
Dr. Fiona Mcmichen
Dr. Armando Hernandez
Dr. Sherwin Chang
Dr. Sarah Crepps
Dr. Scott Bentkover
Friday Lunch Speaker 
Shaun Wane
Professional Rugby Coach
England National Team
Shaun David Wane is an English professional rugby league coach and former professional rugby league footballer, who is currently the head coach of the England national rugby league team. He is also Leadership and Management Director of Wigan Warriors, for whom he served as head coach from 2011 to 2018 winning three Super League Grand Finals and one Challenge Cup.

As a player, he played at international level as a prop for Great Britain, and at club level for Wigan, Leeds and Workington Town as a prop, second-row or loose forward from 1982 to 1994.