ASE Pre-Congress Meeting to the 37th Australian Dental Conference
ASE Pre-Congress Meeting to the 37th Australian Dental Conference


to the 50th Australian Society of Endodontology (ASE) pre ADA congress meeting. Over the last 50 years we have witnessed numerous advances in endodontics. Biofilms, nano particles, photodynamics, and Conebeam CT are just some of the words that have become integrated into the endodontic vernacular.

Come and join us for a full day meeting updating these modern and novel technologies useful in the understanding of endodontic pathosis and the implementation of sophisticated imaging techniques used to aid diagnosis and management to achieving a more conservative approach to access and management of endodontic disease.

Come, back to the future!!!!


DINNER: ASE 50th Anniversary Dinner to be held on Tuesday 16th May from 7pm at the Langham Hotel, Yarra Room, Southbank Melbourne.

PRE-CONGRESS: The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 17th May, 2017.

Pre-Congress Meeting & 37th Australian Dental

View the 37th Australian Dental Congress page on the ADA website here. 

Programme – 17th May 8:30am




Dr Donna Richards



Professor Kishen

Bacterial biofilms: What clinicians should know


Morning Tea


Professor Kishen

Photodynamics therapy for root canal disinfection: quo vadis?




Dr Mark Stenhouse  

Conebeam CT – would it change the way you practice endodontics?


Afternoon Tea


Dr Oliver Pope

Is less more? An approach to Minimally Invasive Endodontics.



Register Now for the Pre-Congress Meeting

Receive reminders for our events by following us on Facebook. 



Early Bird Registrations received and paid in full on or before Friday 7 April 2017

Regular Registrations received from Saturday 8 April 2017

Registration Fees:

ASE Member – $350.00  (Early Bird $300.00)

Non Member –  $445.00  (Early Bird $395)             

Post-graduate Student – $175.00  

Honorary Life Member – Free

All fees are quoted in Australian Dollars (AUD) inclusive of GST.

Professor Anil Kishen

Professor Anil Kishen graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Madras, and a Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics & Operative Dentistry from the Tamilnadu Medical University, Madras, India. He subsequently received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

In 2009 he moved to the University of Toronto in Canada, where he is currently a Full Professor. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, and is a co-inventor in 7 invention disclosure/patents. He has presented over 100 invited lectures worldwide. He is a recipient of many awards and honours including, W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education 2016. He has published 19 book chapters and has co-edited three books. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Endodontics, Endodontic Topics and BMC Microbiology.

Bacterial biofilms: What clinicians should know

Endodontic disease is known as the host-immune response to the existence of opportunistic oral bacteria as biofilms within a previously sterile pulp space. The response of host-immune system to microbial biofilm is distinctly different to their planktonic counterpart. Consequently, different clinical presentations are possible when they are associated with a chronic disease. Thus microbial biofilms are considered the key therapeutic target in the treatment of endodontic disease. This lecture will cover the evolving perspectives of root canal biofilm in disease and as disinfection assessment model.

Photodynamics therapy for root canal disinfection: quo vadis?

The widespread recognition of microbial biofilm as the contributory factor for human infection warrants the identification of a reliable and effective antimicrobial strategy to combat infectious diseases. On similar lines, treatment of infected root canals presents with a major challenge of bacterial persistence after treatment. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is considered as one of the potential treatment modalities for the treatment of localized infections irrespective of the causative microorganism. The ongoing research is focused towards bring about tissue-specific improvement in antimicrobial PDT for root canal disinfection. This lecture will review the fundamentals and current status of antimicrobial PDT for root canal disinfection. Some of the novel advances in this technology will also be discussed.

Dr Oliver Pope

Dr Oliver Pope completed his BDSc at the University of Queensland in 2006 and was awarded first class honours. Following several years as a Dental Officer in the Royal Australian Navy he completed his Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Endodontics at the University of Melbourne. Oliver was awarded the inaugural Ephraim Ehrmann Prize in Endodontics for best overall performance in the degree. Oliver’s research into the clinical applications of CBCT has been published in the Journal of Endodontics. Oliver is in full-time private practice in Melbourne in addition to teaching at the University of Melbourne and University of La Trobe. He is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists and Federal Committee member of the Australian Society of Endodontics.

Is less more? An approach to minimally invasive endodontics

Endodontics has been a rapidly changing field since the introduction and widespread use of microscopes, advances in instrumentation materials and obturation techniques. Despite this progress in clinical techniques, we have gained very little improvement in the success of treatment over the last 50 years. This presentation delves into the argument for “minimally invasive endodontics”; reorienting our treatment philosophy and objectives in order to improve long-term endodontic outcomes for our patients. This lecture will look at the tools and techniques of conservative endodontics as well as the practical challenges encountered when using this modern approach.

Dr Mark Stenhouse

Dr Mark Stenhouse obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2001. He worked for several years as a general dentist in New Zealand, Australia and overseas in both public and private sector positions. During this time Mark became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dentistry before undertaking postgraduate study. In 2011, Mark graduated with a DClinDent (Endo) from the University of Adelaide where he carried out research in the field of endodontic microbiology. Today Mark works in private specialist practice in Newcastle and talks regularly at courses and to study groups on various aspects endodontics.

Conebeam CT- would it change the way you practice endodontics? 

CBCT imaging is no longer a new technology. The take up of it in both specialist and general dental practice is accelerating but its presence is still not widespread in Australia. One possible reason for this is that it is not widely appreciated or accepted how it would change the practice of those already successfully undertaking endodontics.

Through routine use of CBCT imaging as an adjunct to his endodontic practice of the past few years, Dr Stenhouse will present how this technology is both changing what cases he treats and how he treats them. Focussing on pre-treatment assessment, modification of treatment protocols, and detailed reviews of healing, Dr Stenhouse will highlight how the treatment of more cases in the right sorts of patients can be justified by using CBCT imaging to mitigate the biological and financial risks to patients.