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Webinar: The Careful Use of Causal Inference in Oral Health Research Using Epidemiological Data


This webinar is intended to provide an overview of the importance of causal inference in epidemiological studies, the approach to establishing causality in oral health studies, best practices and examples of causal inference analysis in oral health research. In this webinar, we will have a keynote presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an overview of the importance of causal inference in epidemiological studies
  • To explore best practices and examples of causal inference analysis in oral health research

Sponsored by

IADR Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group (BEHSR)


Questions related to the webinar itself can be directed to Miguel Simancas Pallares at


  • May Wong

    Professor May CM Wong is a Professor in Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong. She teaches courses on biostatistics and clinical research methods to graduate and undergraduate students. Her research focuses on biostatistics, clinical trials, oral epidemiology, oral health promotion, and quality of life. She has published over 130 international peer-reviewed papers. Professor Wong has contributed to the research community as an editor of the Cochrane Oral Health Group (2010-2023), Associate Editor of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (2008-2018), and Statistical Consultant for Clinical Oral Implants Research (2016-2018). Her leadership positions within IADR include President of the Southeast Asian Division (2021-2023), Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Region (2019-2023), and President of the Evidence-based Dentistry Network (2014-2016). Professor Wong has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious 2021 IADR Distinguished Scientist H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award. This award recognizes investigators with meritorious research in epidemiology and public health and is considered one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

  • Miguel Simancas-Pallares

    Miguel obtained his DDS from the University of Cartagena (’08) and upon graduation; he enrolled in a dual-degree program to obtain his Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and a certificate in Applied Statistics. He served as a tenured Associate Professor in the dental research department at the University of Cartagena until 2018 where he worked as interim chair of the same department and as visiting professor at the University of Verona in Italy. Upon moving to the United States, he started to work as a post-doctoral fellow researcher in oral epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry under the supervision of Dr. Kimon Divaris (2018-2022) where he also completed his postdoctoral training in Pediatric Dentistry. Throughout his career, he has achieved several research awards including the prestigious American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Student Research Award (2020), and the North Carolina AADOCR Research Day Award (2022). Since 2020, he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the IADR Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group (2019-2021: North America student representative and 2021-2023: Director for North America, present: Symposium coordinator). Currently, Miguel is an associate professor in pediatric dentistry in the division of pediatric and public health at the university of north Carolina at chapel hill.

September 4, 2024
Wed 8:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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