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This presentation will focus on an ongoing study of the dental health impact of fluoridation cessation in Calgary, Alberta. It will begin by briefly situating fluoridation within a broader program of research in population/public health, and conveying the importance of maintaining an up-to-date evidence base on fluoridation, which includes research on cessation circumstances. The presentation will primarily focus on describing the study, including the context and background, methods, and anticipated contributions. The presentation may be useful to those working in dental public health or in public health in a community that is revisiting its fluoridation status.
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Presenter: Dr. Lindsay McLaren
Dr. Lindsay McLaren is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She holds an Applied Public Health Chair funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. She is scientific co-director of the Population Health & Inequities Research Centre in the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary, and is current president of the Alberta Public Health Association.
Dr. McLaren is a quantitative social scientist whose research focuses on the structural forces that impact on people’s abilities and capacities related to health and inequity. She has published in a number of different theme areas including body weight, body image, oral health, physical activity, food policy, and child care. Her research program has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, and the Ministry of Health of the Alberta government.
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