Special Care Dentistry Association annual meeting set for April 10-13


The Special Care Dentistry Association will hold its 26th Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry April 10-13 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

The annual meeting is designed to serve as a continuing education and networking opportunity for dental professionals who provide care to geriatric patients, patients with disabilities and patients in hospital settings.

The session will open on April 11, with the Max Bramer Memorial lecture featuring Derrick MacFabe, M.D., who will be speaking on The Self Centered Bug—Can Gut Bacteria Modulate Brain Function and Behavior in Neurodevelopmental

This lecture outlines basic science and clinical evidence that short chain fatty acids, present in diet and produced by opportunistic gut bacteria following carbohydrate ingestion, may be key triggers in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. MacFabe will present his current research during the lecture.

The closing keynote speaker on April 11 is Rachel Simon, who will discuss her bestselling memoir, “Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey.” Ms. Simon’s sister Beth is a spirited, independent woman who has an intellectual disability and who has forged a unique alliance with her community through her travels on the local buses. The book chronicles the year she spent riding the buses with Beth, as well as their lives together from birth to middle age.

This talk incorporates such issues as discrimination, parental struggles and victories, the concerns of siblings throughout the life cycle, the transition to adulthood, self-determination, travel training and the importance of friends in the community. A book signing will follow Ms. Simon’s keynote session.

The meeting will also include sessions regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act on populations with special health care needs, managing a patient with self-injurious behavior, laser applications for patients with special needs and care delivery for disabled adults and frail elders.

New this year, the meeting will feature a separate educational track just for dental students at a discounted fee on April 12. The day will feature breakfast, four student-specific educational breakout sessions, a students-only meeting with SCDA President Ken Fedor, D.D.S., access to poster presentations and roundtable discussions and an evening reception.

View the advance program at for more details on registration, housing, CE courses, special events, exhibitors and more.

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