Online course on ‘Orofacial Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis and Treatment’

Aligarh : Faculty members and students of the Department of Prosthodontics, Dr Ziauddin Ahmad Dental College (ZADC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) honed skills in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with orofacial pain disorders.

They were recently provided with advanced training in ‘Orofacial Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis and Treatment’ in a five-day Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) online course.

In 11 lectures spread over five days of the programme, the course instructor, Prof Yoshizo Matsuka (Chairperson, Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Faculty of Dentistry, Tokushima University, Japan) explained peripheral and central mechanism of Orofacial Pain; validated and reliable methods to diagnose it and different management modalities such as pharmacological, surgical, physiotherapy, neuromodulation and cognitive behavior therapyetc.

He delineated important advances in clinical research methodology.

Course Coordinator, Prof Shaista Afroz (Chairperson, Department of Prosthodontics) stressed the need for increasing access to care for patients with orofacial pain by improving the knowledge base, expanding the number of advanced education programs in orofacial pain and training all dentists and other health professionals.

Dr Rahul Yadav (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi) spoke on diagnosis and treatments of temporomandibular disorders, masticatory muscle and joint disorders, oromotor and jaw behavior disorders, neuropathic and neurovascular pain disorders, orofacial sleep disorders and chronic orofacial problems.

Prof Geeta Rajput (Course Co-Coordinator), Dr Sajjad A Rahman (Course Co-Coordinator), Dr Aftab Ahmad (Department of Oto-Rhino Laryngology), Dr Mehdi Hayat (Interdisciplinary Brain Research Centre), Dr Dalia Rafat (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Prof Hammad Usmani (Department of Anaesthesiology) and Dr Syed Shariq Naeem (Department of Pharmacology) also spoke on various topics.

In a discussion with Prof Otto Baba (Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Tokushima University, Japan) and Prof YoshizoMatsuka on the concluding day of the programme; Prof Rakesh Bhargava (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, AMU), Prof R K Tewari (Principal, ZADC, AMU), Prof Shaista Afroz, and Prof M J Warsi (GIAN- Local coordinator and Chairman, Department of Linguistics, AMU) discussed the possibility of collaboration of ZADC, AMU and Faculty of Dentistry, Tokushima University, Japan.

Over 80 faculty members and students from across the country registered for the online course.

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