Association for Dental Education in Europe

Learning together to improve oral health and quality of life

An EDSA ADEE Collaboration

Wednesday, 31st March 2021 - 18:00 to 20:00
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120 minutes

Diversity and Inclusion in Dentistry
Delivered in collaboration with the European Dental Students Association
Session synopsis: 

Since the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty, the European Union has pledged to actively promote equal opportunities and fight against discrimination based on age, sex, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief or disability. 


Last year Black Lives Matter, reminded us how much of an ongoing issue inequality is in our societies and how the image we form of other people, based on unjust assumptions, can have a profound negative impact on their lives.

With Europe becoming increasingly diverse, recognising the plight behind this movement is essential for our profession to create a culturally competent workforce able to treat all our patients and those around us with the dignity they deserve. 

We have many national and international policies that acknowledge inequalities, but how do we turn these into action once and for good?

Taking into account our regional variations, let's catch the momentum that the Black Lives Matter movement created to explore how these issues can be tackled in our local environments.

Join us in this session as we explore how these issues impact our practice. Together we will unpack how dental education can play a key role in mobilising the profession to be more inclusive for the sake of our colleagues and patients.


18:00 Welcome message from EDSA President James Coughlan and ADEE President Ilze Akota, introduction to Webinar Series
Overview of agenda and how to interact
18:05 Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Talk
Dr Owens Iguodala
18:10 Why is Unconscious bias harmful?
Dr Neha Patel ​Prof Francesco Mannocci
18:25 A Collaborative approach to Inclusivity: The Diversity in Dentistry Action Group (DDAG) from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer (England)
Dr Sophia Morris & Dr Ilona Johnson

EDSA's EDI strategy
Dr Owens Iguodala

18:55 Panel Discussion: How does dental education create a more inclusive profession?
  • Chair: Dr Owens Iguodala/Dr Upen Patel (TBC)
  • Dr Daniela Timuş 
  • Miss Chinwe Akuonu (final year dental student KCL)
  • TBC
  • TBC
19:45 Closing Remarks 
19:50 End
Learning Outcomes: 

Participation in the session will enable delegates to understand:

  • Some of the terminology, challenges and proposed benefits of addressing equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Some of the implications of unconscious bias to students, our colleagues and patients from underrepresented groups
  • How we can use collaborative approach to address these key issues
Call for Abstracts: 

None available for this session 

Video - delegate access only: 

Owens Iguodala

Policy Officer 2020-2021, ​European Dental Students’ Association

Owens Iguodala is the Policy Officer for EDSA leading on the equality, diversity and inclusion policy. He was born and grew up in Italy for the first 12 years of his life after which he moved to the UK with his family. In 2015 he graduated as a pharmacist from University College London. He then retrained as a dentist, graduating from the University of Aberdeen last June. He is currently undertaking a training post in Scotland.

Outside of his training, he is one of the Vice Presidents for Medic Mentor, leading some of the projects on widening access to medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences. He is also a Scholar of the Healthcare Leadership Academy, in the Amsterdam cohort.

Chinwe Akuonu

Student Dental Council, King's College London (KCL), Member of Women in Dentistry KCL & the African Caribbean Association

Chinwe Akuonu was born in Lagos, Nigeria. At the age of 12, she moved with her family to Italy, where she gained her Dental Hygiene diploma and worked for a few years before moving to London to study dentistry at King’s College London. In addition to her 8 years of experience as a hygienist, she is a proud member of the African Caribbean Dental Association and is currently in her final year of dentistry. At present, she sits on the student dental Council for King's College London and is also a representative of the Women in Dentistry Association. She is co-author of the “BLM in dentistry” article which triggered a huge response from the dental community and reactivated talks on equality, diversity and inclusion within the profession. In her free time, she enjoys making educational videos to promote oral health and is highly involved in mentoring prospective dental students.

Prof Francesco Mannocci

Professor in Endodontology, Kings College London 

Prof Francesco Mannocci (MD, DDS, PhD, FHEA) is a Specialist in Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He obtained his MD (Pisa, Italy, 1986) and DDS (Pisa, 1990) in Italy, and his PhD in Clinical Dentistry from King's College London in 2001. After having worked in private practice in Pisa for 18 years while collaborating with the University of Siena as a Visiting Professor he became Lecturer in Endodontology at King's College London in 2004, Senior lecturer/Honorary Consultant in 2006, Head of Endodontology in 2008, and Professor of Endodontology at King’s College London in 2011.

Prof Mannocci has authored more than 140 papers in international peer reviewed journals. Prof Mannocci is Associate Editor of the International Endodontic Journal and past President of the British endodontic society. 

Dr Sophia Morris

Senior Clinical Fellow - Inequalities & Strategic Commissioning, Kings College London 

Dr Sophia Morris graduated in Dentistry from King’s College London. She has worked in roles within GDP, Community and Secondary Care dentistry. Her special interests are Oral Surgery, Facial Pain & TMJD Management.  She currently splits her working week working clinically as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and works non clinically in a leadership role within the Mid & South Essex ISC addressing Health Inequalities and supporting the integration of Dental services into the wider healthcare system. She has supported her leadership development through further training with a special focus on Inclusive Leadership and in 2019 became a co-founder of the OCDO Diversity in Dentistry Action Group to address equity and inclusion within the dental profession  Outside of work Sophia is a keen photographer, foodie and loves travelling. She spends much time coaching & mentoring younger people.

Dr Ilona Johnson

Reader and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, Cardiff University

Dr Ilona Johnson is currently a Reader in Dental Education and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health at the School of Dentistry in Cardiff University. Her role involves research, teaching and dental public health consultant practice.

Ilona's dental public health work includes pandemic planning, and working with teams across Wales, the UK, and beyond to develop the evidence base and documentation to support the response to COVID-19. Her dental public health work also focuses on oral health for vulnerable and older adults in hospitals and care settings.

She currently leads the undergraduate professionalism, law, ethics and communication skills programme in the School of Dentistry and the Masters in Public Health Dental Public Health Module. She leads on Professionalism and acts as the lead academic for EDI in the School.

Dr Daniela Timuș

Policy Officer at Council of European Dentists, EDSA Supervisory Committee

Dr Daniela Timuș is a Policy Officer at the Council of European Dentists in Brussels, Belgium. In her current position, she is monitoring, analysing, and reporting on EU legislation, drafting position papers focusing mainly on education, antibiotics, and oral health.

Daniela is also a member of the Supervisory and Advisory Committee of the European Dental Association, on the Board of which she has held the positions of Research Officer and General Secretary for three consecutive years.

Daniela was born and grew up in Moldova. She moved to Romania to undergo her studies and graduated from the Dental Faculty of the Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca  in 2019 and was involved in volunteering, research, and mobility activities during her university years. She is passionate about public health and is constantly seeking to explore the various facets of dentistry as an integral part of general health

Dr Neha Patel

Dr Neha Patel received her BDS in 2008 from Bristol Dental University, after which she then carried out further training in oral surgery and restorative dentistry at Liverpool Dental Hospital. Whilst in this role, she gained membership to the Faculty of Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.  Neha is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy following completion of her postgraduate certificate in Dental Education, which she utilizes when teaching both undergraduate and MSc students in Endodontics and on the Endodontic Masterclass. 

In 2018 Neha completed her specialist training in endodontics at Guys Kings and St Thomas’ Hospital London. Her time is now dedicated to carrying out private endodontic treatment in practice, teaching new specialist trainees whilst carrying her PhD in the field of Endodontics.

Dr Upen Patel

Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Birmingham (UK)
ADEE Executive Committee Member

Dr Upen Patel was appointed as a full-time Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2008. He has since completed his PhD studies, appointed lead for eLearning, Assessment and is the Deputy Head of Undergraduate Education for the School of Dentistry. He is currently training to become a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. Upen teaches undergraduate dental students in all five years of the BDS degree programme and delivers postgraduate training for dental-care-professionals. Upen is Chairperson for the UK & RoI Dental Schools Council Assessment in Dental Education Group, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Dental Education in Europe and a member of the Editorial Board for the European Journal of Dental Education. Upen has led many Special Interest Groups and initiatives with ADEE and has been involved in facilitating and coordinating workshops for ADEE-ADEA collaborations

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