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The Speakers

Mike Hubbard BDS, PhD

Mike Hubbard (BDS, PhD) is Professorial Fellow in Oral and Facial Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. After originally training as a dentist, Mike undertook a PhD in biochemistry in his home country, New Zealand. Following further scientific training in the USA and UK he returned home to pursue a biomedical research career as a biochemist. More recently, Mike moved to Australia to establish a "translational" network of dentists, doctors and scientists addressing medico-dental problems in children. A major outcome was The D3 Group, an international initiative focussed on Molar Hypomineralization and other D3s (developmental dental defects). To help "translate" research advances into public good, Mike has introduced a public awareness venture (The Chalky Teeth Campaign), authored a children's storybook about Molar Hypomineralization and developed a world-first online education resource for D3s (


Erin Mahoney is a Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry at the Hutt Valley Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand. Erin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Otago and her specialty training and PhD at the University of Sydney. Erin began researching hypomineralised first permanent molar teeth during her PhD and this has continued in her post doctoral research. She has published and lectured extensively around Australasia. Although Erin enjoys conducting clinical and lab based research, she is primarily a clinician. Outside of dentistry, Erin looks after her 5 children (two of which have hypomineralised first permanent molars!), enjoys travelling, quilting and drinking the odd NZ white wine.