Dr.P.H. in environmental health sciences from Columbia University School of Public Health.


JAYANTH V. KUMAR is director of the Oral Health Surveillance & Research Unit, Bureau of Dental Health, at the New York State Department of Health. He also holds an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior at the School of Public Health of the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is a diplomate and former president of the American Board of Dental Public Health. His research interests are in exposure to fluoride, its effects on oral health, and health promotion and disease prevention strategies. Dr. Kumar received his dental degree from Bangalore University, M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, and postdoctoral certificate in dental public health from the New York State Department of Health.


HARDY LIMEBACK is an associate professor and head of preventive dentistry at the University of Toronto; he is also a part-time practicing dentist. His research interests are in tooth development, enamel proteins, caries, and prevention of dental fluorosis. Dr. Limeback is a former president of the Canadian Association of Dental Research. He has been involved for many years in reviewing the scientific literature related to fluoridation of drinking water. He received his Ph.D. in collagen biochemistry and his D.D.S. from the University of Toronto.


CHARLES POOLE is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. Previously, he was with the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Poole’s work currently focuses on the development and utilization of epidemiologic methods and principles, including problem definition, study design, data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation and application of research results, including systematic review and meta-analysis. His research experience includes studies in environmental and occupational epidemiology and other substantive areas. Dr. Poole was an epidemiologist in the Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 5 years and worked for a decade as an epidemiologic consultant, both with a firm and independently. He received his M.P.H in health administration from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and his Sc.D. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Poole was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Gulf War and Health: Review of the Literature on Pesticides and Solvents and the National Research Council Committee on Estimating the Health-Risk-Reduction Benefits of Proposed Air Pollution Regulations.



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