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Radu Harald Dinu:

Disability History: From Marginalisation to Recognition

Radu Harald Dinu’s research focuses on disability history and the modern and contemporary history of Eastern Europe. Most recently, he initiated and co-edited Disability and Labour in the Twentieth Century, a multi-authored volume published as part of Routledge’s series in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Dinu is part of several national and international networks and research platforms on disability history. Since 2023 he is editor of All of us, a peer-reviewed scholarly blog published by the American Disability History Association. Dinu is also coordinating the Swedish network for critical disability studies KritFunk, together with Richard Gäddman Johansson.

His previous research has focused on the history of fascism. In his dissertation "Faschismus, Religion und Gewalt in Südosteuropa" (Fascism, Religion and Violence in South-Eastern Europe), he explores the fascist movements in interwar Romania and Yugoslavia/Croatia.

Radu Harald Dinu received his Ph.D. in history from The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt University, and a M.A. degree in East European History from Leipzig University (Germany). Previously, he has been working at Karolinska Institutet, the Hugo Valentin Center (Uppsala University), and the University of Skövde.

Linda Renate Kvalvik:

Disclosing sexual abuse - The importance of talking with children 

Linda Renate Kvalvik is Bachelor in child protection and child welfare and Master of intercultural work. I have worked more than 20 years within child welfare and protection services and have always focused on the importance of talking with children. My current position allows me the pleasure of teaching, and learning from, various professions that meet children in their daily work. 

Conversations with children about sexual abuse or violence are not something adults take on easily. We tend to think “someone else is better qualified than me”. The aim of this lecture is to highlight important measures when talking with children, and hopefully reassure you in these challenging, but necessary talks. 


Anne Rønneberg and Julie Toft:

The Dental Team and Children Referred to Child Advocacy Centres and Child Welfare Servic


General dental professionals (GDPs) have a unique role in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect. Identifying and addressing the extent and impact of abuse among disabled individuals is particularly important, as research in this area is scarce.

In Norway, child victims of abuse may undergo dental forensic examinations at child advocacy centers (CACs). Children examined at CACs have a higher incidence of dental caries compared to a matched cohort, and those with a history of suspected sexual abuse have experienced more caries and fillings in their permanent teeth compared to suspected victims of physical abuse.

Both GDPs and General Practitioners (GPs) have a responsibility to report any concerns of child abuse and neglect to the Child Welfare Services (CWS). Medical and dental examinations can provide important information to the CWS, particularly as injuries resulting from physical abuse are often located in the face, head, and neck region. It is crucial for healthcare professionals to give special attention when examining individuals with disabilities to ensure that any signs of abuse or neglect are identified and reported. Healthcare professionals can play a critical role in protecting vulnerable populations from abuse and neglect.

Anne Rønneberg graduated as Dentist, later specialist in Paediatric Dentistry and Dr.Philos from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo (UiO).

She is working as Associated Professor and Clinical Director at the Clinic for Child Oral Health Care, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, UiO. Her research focuses on identifying the barriers and facilitators to safeguarding children during dental care, with a special emphasis on promoting the best interest of the child.

Julie Toft graduated as a specialist in Paediatric Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo (UiO) in 2022. Her specialist thesis studied the oral health of suspected child victims of violence or sexual abuse. She is working in Trondheim at the Center for Oral Health Services and Research, Mid-Norway.

Ingar Tangvik Hvalvik and Martin Hristov:

Coping after sexual abuse: In everyday life and in the dental chair

Ingar Tangvik Hvalvik and Martin Hristov are both professional advisors at NOK (Support Center Against Incest, Oslo Norway). They will talk about how sexual abuse may affect those who have experienced it, especially when victims are to be exposed to treatment by dental health personnel. What and how to uncover / obtain information / provide information that reaches the patient directly without going through a helper (who may happen to be an abuser).

Clive Friedman:

What Does Good Care for Individuals with Disability and High Anxiety Look Like

Clive Friedman graduated University Of Witwaterand 1976 – received his Pediatric training New Orleans 1979-1981. Has Been on faculty either full time or part time at Western since then. He has been involved with Dentistry for Persons with Special Needs since 1981. Has been President of iADH, ADH and is now a Board Member of CSDH.  Continues to serve as a consultant and member of various committees in all these organizations. He recently received fellowship in the iADH.  He has been a member of the ICC ( International Clinical Council for FOP ) and recently updated the oral health section of the guidelines. He currently chairs the Ethics committee of the ICC. Clive still practices part time clinical dentistry continues to lecture, teach and mentor in many different arenas.

Kristin Eidal Tanem:

Long term Oral and Dental Complications after Young Age Cancer

Cancer at a young age differ from cancer in adults as it occur in growing and developing tissue. The potential longevity of children and adolescents surviving cancer increases the possibility of late effects, this includes the oral and maxillofacial area. Oral and dental late effects that may occur in long-term survivors of cancer at a young age like; trismus, oral chronic graft-versus-host-disease, dental developmental disturbances, caries and changes in taste and smell function will be presented in this presentation

Dental exams at the University of Oslo 2013. Working experience from Public Dental Services and from private practice. PhD Spring 2023. Specialist candidate in Oro- maxillofacial Surgery an Medicine at Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo.

Wendy Bellis:

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Barriers to Care

Wendy Bellis has worked in the in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder and paediatric dentistry for many years and is currently Honorary Clinical Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Paediatric Dentistry  at the Eastman Dental Institute, London.

​Over the past 20 years more than 90 % of her clinical case load has been the dental management of children with autism spectrum disorders. Wendy lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of Behaviour Management for the Anxious Child and the Dental Management of the Child with Autism. Combining her knowledge and experience in both these fields, she teaches how the dental management of the child with autism can be made a positive experience for all concerned.

Åsa Mogren and Pamela Åsten:

The Importance of Assessment-Based Care for Orofacial Dysfunction

Broad assessment of orofacial motor functions as well as medical conditions and anatomical structures is essential for effective interventions. A biopsychosocial and multi-professional approach is helpful for identification of relevant biological, medical, functional and psychosocial issues. Assessment-based interventions will be demonstrated by cases with various functional difficulties with eating, oral clearance, respiration and saliva control.

Åsa Mogren has a PhD in medical science. Åsa does research in orofacial function in children with rare diseases and speech sound disorders and works as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Mun-H-Center – a Swedish orofacial resource centre for rare diseases.

Pamela Åsten is a Speech-Language Pathologist and works at TAKO-centre in Oslo. She has been involved in development of the Nordic Orofacial Test- Screening (NOT-S). Her main research interest is orofacial functions in rare disorders, especially craniofacial conditions.

Mohammed Al-Haroni: 

Special Care Dentistry in Norway, the past, the present and the future

Mohammed Al-Haroni is graduated as a dentist and he is currently a professor at the Department of Clinical Dentistry, The Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His research is focusing in personalised oral health and oral microbiome. He is currently holding a position as the Head of the Department of Clinical Dentistry where he oversees the education of dentists, dental hygienists and dental specialists in the North of Norway. Professor Mohammed Al-Haroni is working to implement postgraduate clinical training in Special Care Dentistry in the North of Norway.

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