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I Centennial Emerging Leaders Award

"The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a Mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being worldwide.

2020 marks the Centennial of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). In celebration of this milestone, the IADR Board of Directors launched the IADR Centennial Emerging Leaders Award to recognize young investigators who will lead the research field into the next century. The award winners will be highlighted during the Opening Ceremonies and Awards Program at the 98th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 44th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, on March 18-21, in Washington, D.C., USA.

Each of the five IADR Regions selected qualified nominees, within 10 years of completing their last terminal degree, who have demonstrated scientific accomplishment in the field of dental, oral and craniofacial research and have shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership within the IADR and the scientific community. These accomplished young investigators are poised to lead the IADR into the next century of groundbreaking research and discovery.

Pan European Region      

Henry Fergus Duncan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Irish Division)
Vesna Miletic, University of Belgrade, Serbia (Continental European Division)

Gustavo Giacomelli Nascimento, Aarhus University, Denmark (Scandinavian Division)

Falk Schwendicke, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany (Continental European Division)"

“IADR is proud to recognize these exceptional early-career researchers,” said IADR President Paula Moynihan. “These leaders will help guide the next century of discovery and innovation in the field of dental, oral and craniofacial research across the globe.”

In the following youtube video the IADR Centennial Emerging Leaders Awards announcement from 0:35 to 1:46

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Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education , University of Dundee School of Medicine, Scotland, United Kingdom

In 2017/2018 I enrolled in an online, distance learning course leading to Postgrad. Cert. in Med. Ed. at the University of Dundee School of Medicine. It consisted of three modules, (1) Learning and Teaching in Medical Education, (2) Clinical Teaching and (3) The Principles of Assessment in Medical Education. It was an exciting new experience for me, in part because of the distance learning nature of the course but more importantly because it allowed me to study teachers' competences in medical education. Professional medical/dental knowledge and skills are highly important for an educator but knowledge and skills in educating students are equally relevant for a successful outcome.  

"Dental Composite Materials for Direct Restorations" published by Springer

I am delighted to announce that the book "Dental Composite Materials for Direct Restorations" has been published by Springer and is now available at .

This book covers basic scientific and clinically relevant aspects of dental composites for direct restorations with a view to meeting the needs of researchers and practitioners. It is divided into 8 sections and its 19 chapters cover such topics as development and composition, curing reactions, monomer conversion, the importance of the dental curing light, properties of current materials giving emphasis to new formulations, new classification criteria, esthetic appearance and biological potential. Clinically relevant aspects include bonding to tooth tissues, polymerization shrinkage stress, secondary caries, repair and longevity of composite restorations. Future perspectives discuss avenues for potential advancement of composite materials. Finally, clinical application is presented focusing on shade selection, techniques for material placement and management, finishing and polishing procedures.

A new textbook for dental assistants is available as an ebook in Serbian for Android and Apple devices.

Research Award by Serbian Medical Association, May 2017.

I am honored to receive the Research Award by Serbian Medical Association. I am grateful to all colleagues from Serbia and abroad who I collaborated with over the years and who all contributed to this award.

Invited Speaker at the 17th Slovenian Symposium of  Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics
Bled Slovenia, April 7, 2017.

The title of the presentation was "Recent advances in materials and techniques for direct posterior composite restorations". Recent advances in the field of adhesive dentistry include bulk-fill composites, universal adhesives, alternative photo-initiators and dual-wave light-curing units. The aim of this talk was to give an overview of these current trends, to discuss advantages and limitations of these materials and devices and how they affect our daily practice.

Outstanding Reviewer Recognition - by Elsevier, March 2015.

Materials Science & Engineering C

Elsevier awards this status to individuals within the top 10th percentile of reviewers for a journal, in terms of the number of manuscript reviews completed in the last two years. For Materials Science & Engineering C, this means a minimum of 14 reviews in two years. I reviewed 15 original submissions and overall 35 manuscripts, revised submissions included.

Science Festival - December 4-7, 2014., Belgrade

DentalNet team took part in this year's Science Festival with an exhibition entitled "Journey to the center of the tooth". A group of 11 enthusiastic young doctors and dental students from the University of Belgrade School of Dental Medicine showed how dentistry can be fun. Festival fans, especially schoolchildren, could learn about the internal tooth structure, see under the microscope how a decayed tooth looks like, go inside a giant tooth and 'become' dental pulp for a minute. We also shared some secrets how teeth are restored with white fillings and how dental students practice on phantom heads. Science Festival is great fun and we look forward to next year's event.
More photos @ this link.

Outstanding Reviewer Recognition - by Elsevier, November 2014.

Dental Materials

Elsevier awards this status to individuals within the top 10th percentile of reviewers for a journal, in terms of the number of manuscript reviews completed in the last two years. For Dental Materials, this means a minimum of 4 reviews in two years. I reviewed 5 original submissions.

Continuing medical education - Serbian Dental Chamber, Sava Center, Saturday, October 4, 2014.
"Deep caries treatment"

The aim of my lecture was to revise the current protocols for deep caries treatment in light of the recent scientific data. Several large clinical trials are presented to illustrate the trend - single-visit treatment with incomplete caries removal to reduce the risk of pulp perforation.

Continuing medical education (KME) "Ways to achieve success in everyday clinical practice"
School of Dental Medicine, Sunday, March 1, 2014

My lecture was about " Practice-based research network(PBRN) - science in practice" as an alternative source of knowledge and a way to (1) generate knowledge from the practice itself and to (2) speed up the process of knowledge transfer from science to practice. The first Serbian PBRN is part of a larger European PBRN. The first project to be launched is a clinical study on bulk-fill composites as part of the CED-IADR Regional Development Project.

CED-IADR Regional Development Project

In september 2013, CED-IADR launched a multi-centre practice-based research network (PBRN) in Serbia (Belgrade), Croatia (Zagreb) and Hungary (Szeged). During this one-year project, regional cooperation between the three centers will be established and a clinical trial will be initiated to evaluate a bulk-fill composite. In each center, 10 dentists form a PBRN locally coordinated by Prof. Vesna Miletic (University of Belgrade), Prof. Zrinka Tarle (University of Zagreb) and Prof. Anette Stajer (University of Szeged). External supervisors are Prof. Bart Van Meerbeek (KU Leuven, Belgium), Prof. Reinhard Hickel (Univesity of Munich, Germany) and Prof. Marco Ferrari (University of Sienna, Italy).

Post-doctoral research at BIOMAT Research cluster

I spent 7 months working as a psot-doctoral visiting researcher at KU Leauven, Belgium in the BIOMAT research cluster led by Professor Bart Van Meerbeek. The focus of this research was the effect of alternative photoinitiator Lucirin TPO on polymerization, bond strength to dentine and monomer elution from commercial and experimental adhesive systems.

16th Congress of the Balkan Stomatological Society, Bucharest, Romania, April 28-May1, 2011
Invited speaker

At this Congress, I represented Belgrade School of Dental Medicine and lectured on dental adhesives and self-adhesive composites. I talked about bonding mechanism, hybridization of dentine and problems associated with adhesive polymerization in dentine. I also compared the quality of the hybrid layer between various types of adhesive systems. I introduced self-adhesive composites and explained their mechanism of self-adhesiveness. Furthermore, I presented some independent research findings on these composites. Since the literature data are scarce, I talked about what we can expect from these self-adhesive composites, based on the knowledge of chemistry and bonding characteristics.

Continuing medical education (KME) "Biological and technological concepts and their importance for everyday clinical practice"
School of Dental Medicine, Saturday April 9, 2011

The title of my lecture was "Coronal seal: SWOT analysis". Basically, it was an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, 4 groups of factors influencing the choice of clinical strategy when restoring endodontically treated teeth. Some clinical dilemmas were discussed, such as when is the time to etch in glass-ionomer composite "sandwich" technique, which type of adhesive to use or should we use flowable composites.

First Serbian practice-based research network "DentalNet"
Co-founder and manager

My colleagues from School of Dental Medicine Dept. of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics, Katarina Beljic-Ivanovic,
Tatjana Savic Stankovic and I founded the first Serbian practice-based research network (PBRN) named DentalNet in March 2011. The PBRN is part of a larger research group of the same name at our School. The idea is to involve dental practitioners in scientific projects aiming to address real practice problems. Practice-based research networks have recently become an alternative source of knowledge in dentistry allowing synergy of science and practice. This approach helps to speed up knowledge transfer into dental practice since it may take up to 8 years for laboratory-based findings to be incorporated into clinical practice. In this way, dental practitioners become part of a group of opinion leaders but also make more evidence-based decisions in their everyday practice.

62nd Anniversary of the University of Belgrade School of Dental Medicine
Scientific meeting - invited speaker
Sava Centre, Belgrade, Serbia, June 26, 2010

It was an honour to be among the invited lecturers at the scientific meeting celebrating the 62nd Anniversary of the School of Dentistry. My lecture focused on dental adhesive systems: conversion and elution of monomers. Essentially, I presented the basic facts on monomer to polymer conversion in composites and adhesives and the potential of these materials to elute leachable substances. I also presented the key results from my PhD thesis, defended at the University of Edinburgh, UK, in February 2010.

Workshop "Scientific Paper Writing" - invited speaker
Targu Mures, Romania, December 15-16, 2009.

I was invited to lecture on how to write scientific papers as part of the Postgraduate course at UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND PHARMACY TÂRGU-MUREŞ, FACULTY OF DENTAL MEDICINE. Other lecturers were Professors Ario Santini from the University of Edinburgh and Kenneth Eaton from the U niversity of Kent and Eastman Dental Institute. It was a great pleasure to be part of this workshop which included lectures on writing each section of a scientific paper (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Aim, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments and References) but also practical work with course attendees during which various scientific papers were analyzed.