This keynote presentation was given by Prof Dominque Declerk at iADH2014 Berlin.
Prof Declerck graduated as a dentist at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1984 and obtained her doctoral degree in 1989, and she is currently appointed as full professor where she is responsible for the undergraduate teaching in preventive dentistry and community dental health and parts of the clinical training
program. She participates in the postgraduate training in Pediatric dentistry and Special dental care.
Currently she is the head of the Department of Oral Health Sciences. Her clinical work covers the
dental follow-up of children with extensive treatment needs and the dental care for persons with
special needs (handicapped persons, medically compromised patients). Research work is situated within the field of oral health epidemiology. She was the initiator and scientific coordinator of the Signal Tandmobiel®project, a longitudinal oral health promotion project in Flemish schoolchildren (1996-2002) and launched an oral health promotion intervention study, the Smile for Life project, in young children (2003-2011). In both studies the methodological component was an area of specific interest. She is founding member of the Belgian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and council member for Belgium in the European Academy for Pediatric Dentistry. She was president of the European Association of Dental Public health between 2005 and 2007.