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Scientific Board of the ISDM IAPO 2014


Kurt W Alt (Mainz, Germany) - President of the Scientific Board



Scientific Board members:

Hrvoje Brkić (Zagreb, Croatia)

Roberto Cameriere (Macerata, Italy)

Renata Chalas (Lublin, Poland)

Wendy Dirks (Newcastle, UK)

Jelena Dumančić (Zagreb, Croatia)

David W Frayer (Lawrence, USA)

Eisaku Kanazawa (Matsudo, Japan)

Thomas Koppe (Greifswald, Germany)

Tomislav Lauc (Zagreb, Croatia)

Vilma Pinchi (Florence, Italy)

Carlos David Rodriguez-Florez (Cordoba, Argentina)

Ivana Savić Pavičin (Zagreb, Croatia)

G. Richard Scott (Reno, USA)

Mario Šlaus (Zagreb, Croatia)

Tore Solheim (Oslo, Norway)

Huw F. Thomas (Boston, USA)

Marin Vodanović (Zagreb, Croatia)

Elzbieta Zadzinska (Lodz, Poland)

Lingxia Zhao (Beijing, China)

Andrei Zinoviev (Tver, Russia)

Selma Zukić (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Kurt W. Alt - President of the Scientific Board

Professor of anthropology at the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany

Kurt W. Alt studied physics and dentistry and received his dental degree (DMD) from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In 1992, he completed his studies in biological anthropology, prehistory and ethnology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany (Dr. habil.). Afterwards, he worked as an anthropologist at the Heinrich-Heine Institute of Forensic Medicine, Duesseldorf, Germany, and was a lecturer at the Universities of Freiburg and Duesseldorf. Since 1999, he has been professor of anthropology at the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz. His main areas of research expertise are in biological anthropology, molecular and chemical anthropology, dental and forensic anthropology. Molecular Anthropology represents a new branch of research which investigates questions in the fields of both ancient DNA and biochemistry (e.g. stable isotopes, trace elements). aDNA research focuses on sex determination, genetic kinship, population genetics, the evolution of disease and others. Different isotope systems permit the reconstruction of subsistence patterns, diet, famine, mobility and migration. This data is used to trace intra-population diversity, population dynamics and demographic processes fundamental to the understanding of biological and cultural evolution. Kurt W. Alt is editor rsp. co-editor of numerous dental monographs: Alt KW, Türp JC (eds. 1997) Die Evolution der Zähne: Phylogenie, Ontogenie, Variation. Quintessenz, Berlin, Alt KW, Rösing FW, Teschler-Nicola M (eds., 1998) Dental Anthropology. Fundamentals, Limits, and Prospects. Springer, WienNewYork, Koppe T, Nagai H, Alt KW (eds., 1999) The Paranasal Sinuses of Higher Primates. Quintessence, Chicago, and Koppe T, Meyer G, Alt KW (eds., 2009) Comparative Dental Anthropology. Frontiers of Oral Biology, Vol. 13. Karger, Basel.

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Hrvoje Brkic

Dean of School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb, Croatia

Full Professor Hrvoje Brkic, DMD, MSc, PhD, specialist of dental and oral pathology with periodontology, employed from 1998 at School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb, Croatia. He was born 1963 in Zagreb. His main areas of research expertise are in dental anthropology, forensic dentistry, and Legal medicine. He served as project leader and researcher at several national projects and one project supported by EU. Currently works at Department dental anthropology and he is head of Chair of forensic dentistry. He is author and coauthor of more than 200 scientific and professional papers including Forensic Dentistry University book, Legal Aspects in Dentistry and Dental erosion: etiology, clinical status and therapy. He is editor in chief of scientific journal Acta stomatologica Croatica (www.ascro.hr), and Newsletter of International Organization of Forensic Odontostomatology (Opens external link in new windowwww.iofos.eu). He is member of numerous professional associations including the International Association for Dental Research, International Organization of Forensic Odontostomatology, Association of Dental Education in Europe, Croatian Dental Association, European Society of Endodontology, Croatian Endodontic Association, Croatian Dental Society, Croatian Medical Association, and president of Croatian Association of Forensic Stomatologists. Since 1993 he has participated in the work related to the recovery, dental identification and analysis of the cause of 1991 war victims in Croatia. He is married and father of three children. www.hrvojebrkic.net

Roberto Cameriere

Head of the Laboratory for Forensic Anthropology, University of Macerata, Italy

Dr. Roberto Cameriere has degree in medicine and surgery (University of Bologna) and PhD in Legal Medicine (University of Macerata).
Author of a volume on forensic odontology and a hand-book of his published methods for age estimation.
Author of several articles on forensic matters, especially as regards age estimation in adults and sub-adults, alive and deceased. His most frequently cited papers are a method for age estimation in sub-adults according to the ratio between open apex and length of teeth, and estimation of adult age according to the ratio between pulp and canine teeth. He has also pubblished studies on identification according to frontal sinuses and ear.
He is the editor of some important journals of forensic science, anatomy and anthropology.
He has collaborated on several research projects in the fields of forensics and anthropology.

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Renata Chalas

Associate Professor at the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

Dr. Renata Chałas MD, PhD is a researcher/academic teacher at the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland. She actively participates in international (ISDM, ORCA, IADR, CONSEURO) and local scientific conferences, by presenting results and chairing sessions. She conducts multidisciplinary research on chemical structure of mineralized tooth tissues, dental morphology, dental-enamel junction of human and animal teeth, living today and extinct, modern methods of caries diagnostics, dental materials used in restorative dentistry, biomaterials and other. She is an author and co-author of more than 160 publications and conference papers. She is a member of Polish Dental Society, Association for Medical-Dental Education in Poland (treasurer), International Association for Paleodontology, European Organisation for Caries Research and International Association for Dental Research. She is a member of Board of Referees of scientific magazine “Dental Forum”. She is a coordinator of English-Division Program for dentistry students and tutor of Dental Students Association. She is a specialist in conservative dentistry and endodontics. She was awarded by the Rector of Medical University of Lublin for scientific, didactic and organizational accomplishments. In 2009 she received a prestigious badge of Honorary Member of Polish Association of Dental Students, in 2013 – a medal of National Commission of Education, and in 2014 a Grand Prix for the best poster at the Scientific Conference “Real Dentistry”.

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Wendy Dirks

Biological anthropologist at Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences, UK

Dr Wendy Dirks is a biological anthropologist with an interest in teeth as recording devices for both the lives of individuals and the life histories of species, using growth increments in histological tooth sections.  She received her PhD from New York University in 2001, her MA in 1995 and her BA, summa cum laude, from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1991.  Her research interests include dental histology, dental development, life history evolution, palaeoprimatology, vertebrate palaeontology, and trace elements in dental tissues.  Her publications include articles on primate dental development and life history, focusing on hylobatids and Old World Monkeys, stress markers in dental tissues, probosicidean tooth development and evolution, Eocene mammalian evolution, palaeoecology and dental development, island dwarfing, hard tissue biology and the reconstruction of weaning and exposure to lead through the study of trace elements in dental hard tissues.  The Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust have funded her work, which includes collaborations with colleagues at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, the Carnegie Museum, Durham University and the New York University College of Dentistry, among others.  She has done fieldwork in collaboration with Professor Robert Anemone in the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming in the western United States, in Paleocene-Eocene deposits with a rich mammalian fauna.  She has acted as Associate Editor for the Journal of Human Evolution and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Honorary Secretary of the North of England Odontological Society and was Chair of the Organising Committee for the 15th ISDM in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2011.  She has worked as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Oxford College of Emory University and is currently a Lecturer in Oral Biology at the School of Dental Sciences of Newcastle University, as well as a member of the Centre for Oral Health Research. 

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Jelena Dumancic

Assistant professor at the Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Dr. Jelena Dumančić is assistant professor at the Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated in 1995, defended MSc thesis entitled Gonadal Dysgenesis and Dental Traits in 2000 and PhD thesis entitled Characteristics of the Craniofacial Complex in Turner Syndrome in 2005, all at School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb. In 1995 she was awarded by Rector of the Zagreb University for the best student scientific work. She specialized Family Dentistry. In 2010 she completed International Course in Forensic Odontology - Personal Identification by Dental Means, in Oslo, Norway. Her main areas of research and teaching are dental anthropology, craniofacial genetics, forensic dentistry and history of dentistry. She is collaborator in two projects of the Croatian Ministry of Science Education and Sports: Human Dentition in Forensic and Archaeological Researches and Epidemiology of Carious and Noncarious Lesions in Children of the Republic of Croatia.
In 2001 and 2005 she participated in the International Symposium on Dental Morphology (ISDM). She was awarded the 3rd prize for the best poster at 12th ISDM in Lodz 2005. In 2006 she was awarded the CED Travel Stipend by International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for her scientific work. At School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb she is a member of the Ethical Committee and Committee for Postgraduate Specialist Studies. She is reviewer for the scientific journals Acta Stomatologica Croatica and European Journal of Orthodontics. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Forensic Stomatologists and IOFOS, European Society of Endodontology, IADR, International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO), Croatian Medical Association and Croatian Dental Chamber.


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David W Frayer

Paleoanthropologist at the University of Kansas, USA



David Frayer is a paleoanthropologist at the University of Kansas. He has worked extensively in Europe on Neandertal, Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Medieval human dental/skeletal material, along with remains from fossil sites in Africa, the Levant, Central Asia and SE Asia. His numerous publications over nearly 40+ years have appeared in major anthropological and science journals with topics ranging from prehistoric dwarfs to the earliest evidence for drilled teeth to issues involving the relationship between Neandertal and modern populations. His books involve dental changes in Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe, evidence for violence in prehistory (edited with Debra Martin), an extensive, illustrated bibliography of the Krapina Neandertal site and an edited volume (with Janet Monge, Alan Mann and Jakov Radovčić) on new research at Krapina. His most recent collaborative work concerns ritual behavior in the Krapina Neandertals, a new interpretation of Ötzi (the Tyrolean Iceman), determining handedness from scratches on the Neandertal teeth and identifying a case of bone cancer in a Krapina Neandertal. He is an academic editor for PLOS ONE and on additional editorial boards of professional journals. He published an op-ed piece in the International Herald Tribune/New York Times (May 3, 2013) on the place of Neandertals in human evolution.


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Eisaku Kanazawa

Prof. Emeritus of Nihon University, Japan

I was born in Tokyo, January 8, 1947. I graduated from Tokyo University in 1973 where I majored in veterinary anatomy. My first academic career was an assistant of human anatomy in Kitasato University School of Medicine where I started a research in physical anthropology. In 1978, I had a position of assistant professor of anatomy in Nihon University School of Dentistry at Matsudo (NUSDM) where I was engaged in the research of tooth morphology with the use of 3-D photographic technique. As a research fellow, I studied in Leiden University, The Netherlands, 1981-1983 and in University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, 1985-86.
Since 1992, I have accomplished several field works on dental anthropology in the Pacific Islands and Southern China Provinces as a director and a professor of NUSDM. The research results and findings were presented and contributed to Anthropological Society of Nippon, Japanese Society of Anatomists, Japanese Society of Dental Sciences, Dental Anthropological Society (USA), International Symposium on Dental Morphology,  International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, and so on.
I acted as the president of the Anthropological Society of Nippon from 2008 to 2012, and now I am serving on a vice president of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. After retired from NUSDM in 2012, I am acting as the principal of Kitahara Gakuin College of Dental Hygiene, Matsudo, Chiba, Japan.

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Thomas Koppe

Professor at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald, Germany

Thomas Koppe, born 1958 in Frankfurt (Oder) studied dentistry at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany and received his dental degree in 1985. In 1985 he also obtained his medical doctor degree (Dr. med.) from the same University. He specialized in anatomy and completed his studies in 1991 with the habilitation thesis at the Universität Rostock, Germany. Thomas Koppe taught anatomy at Rostock University (1985-1992) and Okayama University Japan (1992-1998). Since 1998 he is teaching human anatomy at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald in northern Germany. In 2009 he was appointed as adjunct professor of anatomy at this university. He is specialized in the application of advanced imaging techniques in the field of comparative anatomy of the craniofacial skeleton. He is especially interested in the growth and development of the masticatory apparatus and the pneumatization pattern of primates including humans. In addition, he collaborates with clinicians of Greifswald University on current problems related to maxillo-facial surgery on a population based level (Study of Health in Pomerania - SHIP). In these fields he organized respectively co-organized symposia such “Pneumatization Pattern of the Vertebrate Skull” (Bristol 1997, together with Lawrence M. Witmer), “Evolutionary Changes in the Craniofacial Morphology of Primates” (Greifswald 2003, together with Todd C. Rae), “14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology” (2008 Greifswald, together with Georg Meyer and Kurt W. Alt). Thomas Koppe is co-editor of several monographs including: Koppe T, Nagai H, Alt KW (eds., 1999) The Paranasal Sinuses of Higher Primates. Quintessence, Chicago; Vogel R, Fanghänel J, Koppe T (eds., 2001) Aspects of Teratology Vol. 2, Tectum, Marburg: Koppe T, Meyer G, Alt KW (eds., 2009) Comparative Dental Anthropology. Frontiers of Oral Biology, Vol. 13. Karger, Basel.

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Tomislav Lauc

Assistant Professor at Department for Anthropology, Faculty for Social Sciencies and Humanities, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Tomislav Lauc, D.M.D, M.Sc., Ph.D., Spec.Orthod. was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1974. He recived his D.M.D from the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb in 1997. During his fellowship he graduate study in orthodontics (School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb) and anthropology (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb). He worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Anthropological Research where he also served as a member of the Institute's Scientific Committee, and at the Institute for Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria). His graduate research focused on anthropogenetic basis of malocclusion with aspects of epidemiology, endogamy, inbreeding and using geometric morphometrics. Based on this work, he received MSc. degree in 2000, PhD in 2003, and was board certified clinical orthodontics specialist in 2006.
Tomislav Lauc currently serves as a Assistant Professor and principal lecturer in Dental Anthropology, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb and as Assistant Professor of Orthodontics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Osijek, Croatia. He is also a Visiting Professor at School of Dental Medicine, University of Sarajevo, B&H, visiting lecturer at School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the principal clinical doctor at „Apolonija“ Dental Clinic Zagreb as well as the director of „Zubni rendgen dr. Lauc“ 3D dental diagnostics clinics. He is the president of the Croatian Society of Orthodontics and member of numerous international scientific associations.
He is Editor-in-chief of international scientific journal “South European Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Research (SEJODR)”. He was the Member of Editorial Board of international CC-indexed scientific journal “Collegium Antropologicum”, and in 2002, the secretary general of the journal. To date, he published 17 original scientific papers and reviews, coauthor in 2 scientific books and 24 abstracts in congress proceedings. Tomislav Lauc was the president of, or member in 30 organizing committees of international scientific symposia or congresses, a referee of several scientific journals, and was awarded the Albert A. Dahlberg Prize from the Dental Anthropology Association (DAA) in 2002 and the clinical award Incognito, S.I.D.O. 2009. He is Permanent Expert Witness for Dentistry.

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Vilma Pinchi

Associate Professor of Legal Medicine at the Department of Medical Forensic Sciences , University of Firenze and President of International Organization of Forensic  Odontostomatology (IOFOS)

Vilma Pinchi is an Associate Professor of Legal Medicine at the Department of Medical Forensic Sciences , University of Firenze and President of International Organization of Forensic  Odontostomatology (IOFOS). She completed her dental studies at University of Perugia cum laude  in 1993, her  PhD in Medical Forensic Sciences cum laude  in 1999 at University of Brescia and Master in Bioethics in  Clinical Daily Activity at University of Firenze in 2009.Since 1993 she  has worked as private practitioner and is  regularly appointed  as expert witness in criminal and civil  Courts both in cases involving body identification, age assessment and dental professional liability. She is the Secretary of Pro.O.F. (Forensic Odontology Project) and  the course organizer of the annual post-graduate Master in Forensic Odontology at University of Firenze . She is co-author of  forensic odontology  and legal medicine textbooks,  has written several scientific articles and lectures  nationally and internationally.

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Carlos David Rodríguez Flórez

Catedra de Antropologia, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina

I am an young Anthropologist and Biologist at 34 years old interested in human dentition. I was received my B.A. in Anthropology in 2002 from Universidad del Cauca - Colombia, and my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with a mention in Biological Anthropology in 2012 from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba - Argentina. Actually, I am an associate researcher in biological anthropology at the Catedra de Antropologia, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, and Posdoctoral student in Instituto de Investigaciones Antropologicas, UNAM - Mexico. My interests cover a range of topics related to human dental diversity and evolution. My research focuses in understanding the initial settlement of Americas and connections with Asia during final Pleistocene and Holocene. In addition, I have been involved in numerous archeological fieldworks in Colombia (19), Venezuela (2), and Ecuador (4); and conducted research related to the dental morphology in archeological populations from Colombia (59), Venezuela (4), Ecuador (16), Peru (1), Argentina (11) and Uruguay (8). I have totally more then 64 articles published in Journals and one book on dental anthropology in spanish language. I am founder and permanent editor of International Journal of Dental Anthropology IJDA (www.ijda.net).

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Ivana Savic Pavicin

Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Ivana Savić Pavičin was born on July 11, 1980. in Zadar, Croatia. Graduated at the University of Zagreb, School of Dental Medicine in 2004. As a student she won two Dean's awards for the most successful students. Since 2004. employed as a research scientists on scientific projects „Bone in dental research“ (2004.-2007.) and „Research of bone tissue in orofacial system“ (2007.-   ), with pricipal investigator Jadranka Keros. During 2009. and 2010. participated in project „Croatian Dental Terminology – HRSTON“ with principle investigator  Marin Vodanović. In 2013. had PhD thesis „ Correlation of  osteoporosis and the condition of tooth supportive tissues“. Works as teaching assistant in the Department of Dental Anthropology , School of Dental Medicine in Dental morphology and anthropology (2004.-) and Forensic dentistry (2013.-  ). Started with specialization of Dental pathology and endodontics in 2007. and finished in 2011. Her main scientific fields of interests are bone biology and pathology (specialy osteoporosis and it relationship to oral bone structures), dental anthropology, forensic dentistry and endodontics. Speaks English and Italian language. Married and mother of two children.

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G. Richard Scott

Professor and Chair at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Reno, USA

G. Richard Scott earned his PhD in physical anthropology at Arizona State University under Professor Christy G. Turner II in 1973.   From 1973 to 1997, he served on the faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  In 2001, he was hired by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Reno, where he is currently Professor and Chair.  His teaching at UAF and UNR has covered a broad array of topics in physical anthropology, including bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology, primate evolution, forensic anthropology, human biology, dental anthropology and more.  For over 40 years, his research has focused on various facets of dental anthropology, with special emphasis on variation in crown and root morphology.  He has studied American white families and twins, living Southwest Indians, Norse in the North Atlantic, Alaskan Eskimos, and living and medieval Basques and Spaniards.  His publications include The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth: Dental Morphology and Its Variation in Recent Human Populations, co-authored with Christy G. Turner II.   In 2013, he co-edited Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation with Joel Irish. In addition to these volumes and various analytical papers, he has written numerous review articles on dental anthropology and Arctic physical anthropology.  Currently, he is co-editing A Companion to Dental Anthropology and co-authoring Guidebook to Human Tooth Crown and Root Morphology: The Arizona State University Dental Anthropology System, both in collaboration with Joel Irish.  He is also preparing a compendium of the massive data set collected over 30+ years by the late Dr. Turner, which will include tables for hundreds of samples covering 29 key crown and root traits along with individual data sheets for all samples. 

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Mario Slaus

Professor at the Anthropological Centre, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia

I was born on September 08. 1959. I attended elementary school in Croatia and Los Angeles USA, and High School in Zagreb Croatia. From 1978-1983 I attended the School of Medicine University of Zagreb, and from 1984–1989 I studied archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Zagreb. In 1991 I received a Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. I received a MSc in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Zagreb in 1992, and a Ph.D. from the same University in 1996.
From 1990 – present I am employed at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb (CASA), first in the Department of Archaeology, and from 2012 as the Director of the Anthropological center of the CASA. From 2001 – present I am additionally employed at the Dept. of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb as a Full professor and am also, from 2004 – present a Full Professor of Anthropology at the Dept. of Archaeology, University of Zadar.
My main fields of research are: physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology.
I am, and have been, the lead researcher on several scientific grants including a joint Smithsonian-Croatian project dealing with Forensic analyses of war victims and a joint scientific project whose realization depended on the joint efforts of 20 senior and 10 junior researchers from South East Europe.
I am a member of numerous professional associations including the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the International Association for Paleodontology, and the European generation of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
From 1993 – present I participated in pro bono work related to the recovery, identification and analysis of the cause of death of 2143 victims from the 1991 war in Croatia.
I have established and developed the Osteological collection at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. This collection currently holds approximately 5 500 skeletons from 34 archaeological sites in Croatia dated from the Mesolithic to the Historic period.

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Tore Solheim

Professor emeritus, dr.odont., University of Oslo, Dental Faculty

He has been professor in oral pathology and forensic odontology at the Dental Faculty of Oslo from 1995 to 2013. Dental education is from Oslo 1966. In 1971 he started training in forensic odontology, and was in 1974 attached to the Department of Oral Pathology as associate professor with special responsibility for forensic odontology.  His main teaching responsibility has been for forensic odontology and general pathology. When the permanent Norwegian Identification Commission was created in 1975, he was appointed a member and retired 2010.  Within the Commission he has for many years been responsible for most of the dental identification in single cases and also in a number of major disasters, including the "Alexander L Kielland" oil rig disaster in 1980, where 124 persons died, the "Scandinavian Star" ferry disaster in 1990, where 158 people died, and also the Russian Tupolev disaster at Svalbard 1996, where 141 people died. In 2004/2005 he was head of the Norwegian dental team after the tsunami in Thailand.  81 Norwegian citizens died and all were identified.  In 2011 he took part in the identification after the terror killings July 22. In 1976 he was acknowledged by the Department of Justice as a forensic medical expert in odontologic questions.In 1982 he was on study-leave for forensic odontology in Adelaide, Australia (Dr. Kenneth Brown), in 1983 in Seattle, USA  (Dr. Thomas Morton) and in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia (Dr. John Clement)His main research interest has been identification techniques, especially age estimation in adults.  In 1993 he was awarded the degree of dr. odont. for his thesis "Dental age-related regressive changes and a new method for calculating the age of an individual".  In 2002 he started at the Dental Faculty the project of age estimation in young asylum seekers for the Foreign Department of Norway.  


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Huw F. Thomas

Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, USA


Huw F. Thomas received his B.D.S. from Guy's Hospital, University of London, England; Pediatric Dentistry Certificate from Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, NY, and M.S. (Dental Research) from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. He received his Ph. D (Biomedical Sciences) from the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, where he served as Dean from 2004 – 2011. In 2011 he was appointed Dean and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA.Dr. Thomas has given more than 100 lectures and continuing education courses at various Universities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and is the author or co-author of over 150 published articles, chapters and abstracts in a broad spectrum of scientific journals.  He has served as Chair, Section on Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Executive Committee Member and Program Chair, Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health, American Academy of Pediatrics; and as Chair, Council of Deans of the American Dental Education Association. He currently serves as Vice President for Deans, ADEA Board of Directors.Dr. Thomas held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from NIH, 1980 - 1984 and in 1985 was the recipient of an NIH New Investigator Research Award. From 1990-1992 he was a member of the NIH Oral Biology and Medicine Study Section. His research has been continuously funded by NIH from 1985 until he assumed the dean’s position at the School of Dentistry at UAB. He is currently involved in studies on tooth development, nutrition and Infant Oral Health.  

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Marin Vodanovic


Assistant professor at the Department of dental anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb


Marin Vodanovic, born 1975 in Bochum (Germany) studied dental medicine at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia and received his dental degree in 1999. In 2005 he obtained his Master of science degree, and 2008 his PhD degree. He specialized in endodontics and dental pathology and completed his studies at University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia in 2010.
His main areas of research expertise are in paleodontology, forensic dentistry, dental anthropology and endodontics. He served as project leader and researcher at several projects. In 2012 he was at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA performing an investigation of tooth wear. He is author or coauthor of more than 150 publications including the dictionary: Vodanović, Marin. English-German-Croatian Dictionary of Dentistry. Zagreb: Školska knjiga, 2005. 
He is editor in chief of the Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology and member of editorial board of Acta Stomatologica Croatica – online, Stomatološki vjesnik Bosne i Hercegovine, Croatian Dental Herald (2006 - 2008).
He is a founder and president of the International Association for Paleodontology, secretary of the Croatian Association of Forensic Stomatologists and member of the International Association for Dental Research, European Society of Endodontology, International Organisation for Forensic-Odontostomatology , Croatian Endodontic Association, Croatian Dental Society, Croatian Medical Association, Croatian Catholic Medical Societyand Croatian Dental Chamber.
He served as reviewer for many journals including: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Archives of Oral Biology, Journal of Archaeological Science, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Journal of Dental Education, Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, Acta stomatologica Croatica, Clinical Oral Investigations and Indian Journal of Dental Research.
In 2006 he was awarded with Republic of Croatia National Science Award.
More information at: http://www.marinvodanovic.com   

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Elzbieta Zadzinska

Dean of the University of Łódź Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection and Head of the Department of Anthropology


Elżbieta Żądzińska, PhD,  Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Łódź (Poland) Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Head of the Department of Anthropology since 2005, Dean of the Faculty since 2008. Council member of the Polish Academy of Sciences Committee of Anthropology. Editorial Board member of the Anthropological Review. President of the Organizing Committee and the member of the Scientific Committee of the 13th International Symposium on Dental Morphology (24-27 August 2005, Łódź, Poland). Author or coauthor of 56 original research papers. Present scientific interests: dental anthropology – primary tooth emergence  in children (timing, sequence, sexual dimorphism, relation between morphological and dental maturity), development of prenatal and postnatal enamel in deciduous teeth;  biological indicators of environmental stress observed in human populations during the political and economic transformation (secondary sex ratio, fluctuating asymmetry, frequency of body mass deficit and excess).  Present scientific projects deal with: the effect of prenatal factors on neonatal line and linear enamel thickness in human deciduous teeth; genetic, prenatal and socioeconomic factors associated with underweight, overweight and obesity in Polish schoolchildren; variability of constitutive skin and hair pigmentation as an important risk factor of skin cancer.  

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Lingxia Zhao

Deputy director of the Department of Paleoanthroplogy, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropolgy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Professor Dr. Lingxia Zhao is a paleoanthropologist at the Department of Paleoanthropology, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropolgy (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, the People’s Republic of China.
Her research focuses on the fossil large-bodied hominoids and hominins in China and East Asia. Especially she is interested in origin and evolutionary history of early humans and large apes in Asia. She has published a series of papers on the dental issues of fossil hominoids from China, such as Miocene Lufengpithecus lufengensis and Lufengpithecus hudienensis, Pleistocene Gigantopithecus blacki and fossil Pongo from south China, focused on the topics of taxonomy,phylogeny and function by the analysis on the dental morphology, development and life history, macro  and micro structure and functional adaptation. At present she is the deputy director of the Department of Paleoanthroplogy of IVPP.


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Andrei V. Zinoviev

Professor at the Zoology Department, Tver State University, Tver, Russia


Andrei V. Zinoviev is Doctor habilitated and Professor of Zoology Department in Tver State University (Russia). His primary research interest focuses on morpho-functional study of avian and dinosaurian hind limbs, with special attention to biomechanical interpretation of morphological characters. Data thus obtained and coupled with field studies is used for reconstruction of adaptive evolution of modern and extinct avian groups and their closest relatives. The other research relates to the fields of archaeozoology and archaeoanthropology. A rich material from archaeological excavations of Tver, Tver region and adjacent areas is identified and evaluated. Special attention is paid to the human dental system and relation of its state to diet. Questions of modern evolution theory (primarily synthetic) are of particular interest. Theoretical aspects of adaptive evolution and its role in speciation are researched. Participant of numerous leading international congresses and conferences, Prof. Zinoviev is a Fellow of many notorious scientific societies, including the Linnaean Society of London. He is a Vice-President of International Association for Paleodontology and Honorary Member of American Ornithologists’ Union. More information can be found under: http://homepages.tversu.ru/~p000258/index_en.html.

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Selma Zukic

Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Selma Zukić, DDM, MSc, PhD, specialist of dental pathology and endodontics, employed at Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently work at Department of Preclinical dentistry, teaching dental morphology, anthropology and forensics. She is one of the founders and current President of Section of dental forensics at Dental Association of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.She participated as invited lecturer at „International Course on Mass Graves Victims Identification in Former Yugoslavia“held in 2007. She actively participated at several scientific and experts meetings and congresses in the field of dental morphology, anthropology and forensics. She was member of organizational boards of 4 dental congresses.Dr. Zukić is General Secretary of scientific journal „Stomatološki vijesnik“and member of several dental associations, including IAPO.She is author and co-author of 42 scientific and professional papers.

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