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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 280  

Funding or the lack of it


President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2014

Correspondence Address:
Ashish Jain
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.134556

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Perio systemic saga has taken the center stage and that is not for now, but for many years ever since Offenbacher and Ray Williams had tagged a flag on this around 20 years back. The effect of oral health deep down the body ever since has occupied lot of literature pages, research time and most importantly funded dollars. Today if we feel confident to look into the eyes of our medical colleagues and discuss with them 'their disease' and how "our disease" can worsen it, with inflammation as a knitting thread, credit is to the legends like Ray Williams, Bob Jenco, Thomas E Van Dyke, Alpodaggan Kantarci, Charles Serhan and so on. We also need to understand that they achieved what they could because their thoughts were liberally funded by National Institutes of Health.

We, sitting here, bask in the dubious distinction of being "diabetic capital" of the world. We at the drop of hat do not fail to mention that every seventh heart patient in the world is an Indian. We have conveyed many times and on many occasions that we probably have the highest percentage of prevalence of periodontal disease in the world. The underlying thought, in most of our minds, has been probably "they" shall get interested in these numbers and shall "probably" collaborate and 'hopefully' shall pump in some dollars to our research. Had this to happen this would have happened long time back. Had this to happen, today we would also have our own data, our numbers. Now is the time we at the society take note, make proactive efforts, and convince our funding agencies like Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Biotechnology, and University Grant Commission to support our work. Let us make our working groups, let us collaborate and rest on each other's credentials to make a point to the funding bosses. Let us now have a timeline to get our data out to world because for no reason we lead the world in diabetic prevalence and periodontal disease prevalence. This cannot be a mere coincidence. Now is the time to investigate.

 
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