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Mario Couto Ferrari

Dr, DDS UMESP MScD USP MScIH Heidel. PhD

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    6009 Perth

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Biography

I graduated in December 2000 at Universidade Metodista de Sao Paulo (UMESP), Brazil and received my Bachelor Degree in Dentistry. In July 2005 I received my first Masters Degree in Forensic Dentistry, which is part of the Social Dentistry Department of the Faculty of Dentistry from the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), also in Brazil. In September 2011 I concluded and got my second Masters Degree, this time in International Health at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. As I had begun the Doctoral Course in February 2009, before I went to Germany, I was able to finalize my Thesis and get my Doctors Degree (the equivalent of a PhD in Brazil) in Social Dentistry from USP, Brazil in December 2011. In March 2018 I concluded a Post Doctorate Degree also at USP in the field of Social Dentistry.
Social Dentistry encompasses the fields of Preventive Dentistry, Oral Hygiene, Forensic Dentistry and Oral Public Health. I feel this clarification is very important since many people are not accustomed to the term, even within the local medical community and do not realize the extent and importance of the field.
I have been working as a Professor since 2006, and as a teacher since 1998. After I graduated, I spent the following five years as an unpaid Teaching Assistant, where I had the opportunity to give some lectures, grade papers, help students research and study. Since 2012 I have been working as a Professor of the Faculty of Dentistry of Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (UFU), ranked among the 10 best Universities in the Country. At this University the possibilities for working with all kinds of academic staff are numerous. I have been involved with orienting Tertiary Education Students and Post Graduate Students in paper writing and research development.
In the last 5 years I was responsible for orienting and guiding over 200 graduate students in their End of Course Monographs, which are mandatory for all High Education Courses in Brazil.
I was also responsible for orienting over 10 Monographs for Specialization Courses, such as Pediatrics, Endodontics and Oral Public Health.
I have oriented 6 Higher Education Students in a Project called PIBIC since 2014, which stands for the Portuguese of Scientific Initiation Project with a Scholarship and 9 in a Project called PIVC, which is the same, but without the Scholarship. Through this project the students learn how to do research and write a paper, and for that they get paid a monthly fee for 12 months. Every Professor is only allowed to orient 2 students per year with a scholarship and 3 without.
I am currently co-orienting two Masters and Doctoral students, who have not yet finalized their researches.
I coordinated three very successful research projects since 2013, which included all kinds of Academic Staff, such as Professors from the Faculty of Dentistry as well as from other fields, such as Computer Sciences, Psychology, Nursing Schools and Medicine and both Graduates and Post Graduate Students. On the latest project I coordinated we were able to develop an app for cellphones to help students research and study.
I have coordinated three research projects since 2013. All of them had very limited or no budget at all, which is the case with many research projects in Brazil, since funding is scarce and funding has been decreasing for the last two years, especially since the political crisis that the country has faced since 2014.
At the first project, we planned and act out a plan to provide dental care for a community of “recyclers”. Recyclers in Brazil are mostly people who are either homeless or live in poor conditions and do not usually have access to dental care or any other kind of medical assistance despite the existing Universal Health Care system. In the city of Uberlandia they work under the coordination of an NGO which has about 400 families under their supervision. All of the individuals, about 2000 of them, were invited to take part in an evaluation of their needs and all that participated were given full dental care, including dental hygiene, prosthetic, periodontal and endodontic treatments, extractions and dental implants along with a general health evaluation and psychiatry care, if needed. The project ran for almost two years and is scheduled to happen again in 2018 with other NGO’s, provided we can find the funds.
The second project, which had no funds at all, was a League of Students. The League is a group of students who are interested in learning beyond what is being taught at the University at a specific field of knowledge. I was approached by some graduate students who were interested in forming the first League of the Faculty of Dentistry at UFU, since the concept had not been implemented there yet, despite it existing at others Faculties at the University. So we could, after a period of almost three months discussing the format, form the League of Forensic Dentistry at UFU, which I led for about a year and then passed on to other Professor, as was stated at the League’s Founding Document, while still being formally responsible for it until the present time. Later this project inspired numerous others within the Institution, including a second League that I coordinate, dealing with Oral Public Health.
The last and more recent project I was involved with was the development of an app for mobile phones to help with the research and study for both Dentists and Dentistry students. The app was developed initially for Android and is called “DentIP”. It facilitates the research for Topics in Dentistry based in peer reviewed sources. The idea arose because I noticed that, when asked to do a research, most Dentistry students would usually “google” the subject and come up with a multitude of sources, unable to determine wether they had any credibility. Moreover, the mobile phone aspect was introduced because, in Brazil, 80% of people only access the internet on their phones and have no computer or internet connection in their homes. Even if the percentage among Dentistry students and Dentists were a little lower when compared to the general population, it was still relevant. This project involved five graduate students, three Dentistry Professors and a team of web and app developers.
I have researched and published papers in many fields of dentistry, since 2001, as it can be seen in the CV above, such as Pediatrics, Endodontics and Oral Surgery.
I have also written two books, one telling a part of the history of Dentistry in Brazil, from 1856, when it began, until 1931, when a minimum curriculum for Dentistry courses was established. The second book, both published in 2015, is about how to write a monograph, according to the requirements of the Ministry of Education in Brazil, a request I had from all the students I oriented and a fruit of all of my years teaching Dental and Oral Health research.
I have also two book chapters already published, on the legal requirements for the Dental Documentation, in two books directed to Endodontics Specialists. Another two chapters have already been written. One in inequality and inequities and its influences on the population and oral health for a book that should be published until the end of 2018 and another on the Oral Health System in Brazil, on a book about Oral Health Systems in Latin America, expected for the beginning of 2018. Both books are going through the revision processes.
I have been publishing papers with variable degrees of exposure since 2003, not as consistently as I would have wanted, and there is a reason for that. In Brazil there are the private and the public eduction sectors. The private is teaching oriented, that means that when you work at the private sector, you are hired to teach, not to research nor to publish. You only get paid for the hours you teach, and there is no incentive for researching or publishing. From 2006 to 2010 I worked as a Professor at multiple private universities and my private practice and from 2012 to 2015 I worked at one private university alongside the public University where I work now. Because of that, I did not have much time left to research, write and publish as many papers as I wish I had. Even the ones I had began working on had to put on hold. When I entered the Public education sector in 2012, which in my country can only be achieved by a public test that only happens when there is as opening, which means that some Professor in the field has retired, it was only a part time job, so I had to keep working at the Private sector. Even with that restriction, I was able to coordinate projects and publish a lot more than before. In 2016 I finally got my full time job at the public sector because of a change in the policies of the University and was able to dedicate more time to research and writing. The fruits of the last 18 months should be visible within the next year.
The most recent project that I was able to collaborate with involves the Universidade de Sao Paulo, the City of Sao Paulo and Colgate. The project is coordinated by the Department of Social Dentistry of the faculty of Dentistry of USP and involves taking the Dentistry students to work in the community. The main reason I was invited to join the project is that I have been supervising this kind of work since June 2012 at UFU. It has been a regular part of the Curriculum at the university since before I started working there. At USP it did not exist until this year and they asked for my help, since I was beginning my Post Doctoral term and I had some experience with it.
The reason I brought this project up is that it involves the industry, which sponsors the project and has provided us with dental hygiene kits and all the materials needed for the clinics, the community that receives the students in schools and clinics which are linked with the Municipal Health System and the University. It is the kind of work that I do on a daily basis and I was happy to help.
Another project that also involves the industry but is yet in the development stage is a television series about the life of dentists in the public health sector. Colgate has already demonstrated interest in the project and I am currently writing the script for a pilot.
I worked successfully as a Dentist from 2001 to 2010 in Brazil, when I decided to dedicate myself exclusively to teaching. Then in 2012 I had the chance to work as a Dentist in Germany for a short period, but nonetheless a very fruitful one.
I have taught in several different Universities in the High Education area, at many different courses such as Dentistry, Psychology and Law over the last 11 years, and before that I worked as an English teacher from 1998 to 2000. I have come in contact with thousands of students from different backgrounds and life experiences, as well as hundreds of dental patients.
I led the Ethics Departments at the local office for the Conselho Regional de Odontologia (the equivalent of the Australian Dental Council and the Dental Board of Australia) in Uberlandia, for two years.

Roles and responsibilities

UWA Dental School
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Course Coordinator
General Dental Practice Unit Coordinator

Future research

The Dental School of the UWA Curriculum evolution and its impact on students

Funding overview

2016 - 2017
The possibilities for a mobile phone app as a research assistance for Dentistry students and dentists
AUD 10,000.00 Funded by SIEX/UFU Brazil
The history and current situation of oral health in Brazil
Description: This paper aims to summarize the key points that can be found in the literature about the events and changes in the economic and social policies that led Brazilian health care and oral health care towards what is has become, and point to the existing as well as the upcoming challenges that need to be addressed and overcome in the near future.
AUD 50,000.00 Funded by CAPES/Brazil

Previous positions

Employer: Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, UFU, Brasil
January 2012 -2018
Type of contract: Government employee
Job title: Professor.
Credit Hours: 40, Exclusive Dedication.


Employer: Centro Universitário do Triângulo, UNITRI, Brasil.

September 2012 - October 2015
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: Zahnarztpraxis Maier und Rheindt.
January 2012-May 2012
Dentist at a private practice in Brackenheim, Germany.

Employer: Centro Universitario Radial, UNIRADIAL, Brasil.
January 2008- August 2010
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor.
Credit Hours: 30 hs/week.

Employer: Universidade Bandeirante, UNIBAN, Brasil.
January 2010- August 2010
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor of the Dentistry and Law Courses.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: Universidade Anhanguera, Brasil.
January 2007- December 2007
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor of the Dentistry and Law Courses.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: Universidade Ibirapuera, UNIB, Brasil.
January 2006- December 2008
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor of the Dentistry and Law Courses.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: The House English School.
January 2005- December 2005
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: English teacher.
Credit Hours: 20 hs/week.

Self Employed
January 2001- December 2009
Private dental practice in Santos, Brazil

Employer: British and American English School.
January 1998- December 2000
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: English teacher.
Credit Hours: 25 hs/week.

Industrial relevance

2016 - 2017
The possibilities for a mobile phone app as a research assistance for Dentistry students and dentists
Description: This work aims to identify the possibility of the use of technologies in health care such as the applicability of software designed for dentistry and the development of a mobile software designed for smartphones and tablets for undergraduate students of dentistry and dentists. For the development of the software, there were initially mockups developed for validation. The relevance and potential use of these instruments could be easily perceived. Developing technology for education is growing around the world, however, the study showed that despite the many solutions available in the market in various health areas, building software intended to assist the dental schools, students and the community is still incipient.

Teaching overview

Employer: Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, UFU, Brasil
January 2012 -2018
Type of contract: Government employee
Job title: Professor.
Credit Hours: 40, Exclusive Dedication.

Employer: Centro Universitário do Triângulo, UNITRI, Brasil.

September 2012 - October 2015
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: Zahnarztpraxis Maier und Rheindt.
January 2012-May 2012
Dentist at a private practice in Brackenheim, Germany.

Employer: Centro Universitario Radial, UNIRADIAL, Brasil.
January 2008- August 2010
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor.
Credit Hours: 30 hs/week.

Employer: Universidade Bandeirante, UNIBAN, Brasil.
January 2010- August 2010
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor of the Dentistry and Law Courses.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: Universidade Anhanguera, Brasil.
January 2007- December 2007
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor of the Dentistry and Law Courses.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: Universidade Ibirapuera, UNIB, Brasil.
January 2006- December 2008
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: Professor of the Dentistry and Law Courses.
Credit Hours: 24 hs/week.

Employer: The House English School.
January 2005- December 2005
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: English teacher.
Credit Hours: 20 hs/week.

Self Employed
January 2001- December 2009
Private dental practice in Santos, Brazil

Employer: British and American English School.
January 1998- December 2000
Type of contract: Private employee
Job title: English teacher.
Credit Hours: 25 hs/week.

Research

2016 - 2017
The possibilities for a mobile phone app as a research assistance for Dentistry students and dentists
Description: This work aims to identify the possibility of the use of technologies in health care such as the applicability of software designed for dentistry and the development of a mobile software designed for smartphones and tablets for undergraduate students of dentistry and dentists. For the development of the software, there were initially mockups developed for validation. The relevance and potential use of these instruments could be easily perceived. Developing technology for education is growing around the world, however, the study showed that despite the many solutions available in the market in various health areas, building software intended to assist the dental schools, students and the community is still incipient.
Situation: Concluded;
Role: Coordinator. This project involved the development of an app. My role was to coordinate the research developed by the participating students, who were collecting peer reviewed material in order to compose reliable quick research topics for Dentistry Students and dentists to use on their mobile phones. I was also responsible of designing the user interface of the app and guide the web and app designers on the programming of the functions which needed to exist in the app.
Sponsor: Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - Scholarship.
S, T & A Production Rate: 1.

2013 - Present
Liga de Odontologia Forense da Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (Forensic Dentistry League of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Federal University of Uberlandia)
Description: Student League developed to stimulate the interest in Forensic Dentistry and to allow further understanding of the subject, providing students with contents which sometimes are not ple to teach during the undergraduate course.
Situation: in Progress; Nature: Extension.
Role: Coordinator. As the coordinator of the League, my duties included a weekly Lecture on a topic chosen by the participating students, orienting their studies for the following weeks on the topics and monthly meetings to discuss future activities, such as publications, articles, invited lectures and others.

2014 - Present
Liga de Odontologia Social da Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (Social Dentistry League of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Federal University of Uberlandia)
Description: Student League developed to stimulate the interest in Social Dentistry and to allow further understanding of the subject, providing students with contents which sometimes are not ple to teach during the undergraduate course.
Situation: in Progress; Nature: Extension.
Role: Coordinator. As the coordinator of the League, my duties included a weekly Lecture on a topic chosen by the participating students, orienting their studies for the following weeks on the topics and monthly meetings to discuss future activities, such as publications, articles, invited lectures and others.

2011 - 2012
The implementation of the Sistema Único de Saúde and its impact on the quality of life and oral health status in Brazil
Description: This article has the intention of revising the literature published regarding the relation between oral health services inequalities and the quality of life in Brazil, as well as presenting the reader with a revision of the changes that occurred in the health system in the country especially regarding oral health after the implementation of the Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS- Unified health System), the universal access health system implemented in 1988. Quality of life is not an easily defined term, and may vary according to health status, location, education and many other factors. Oral health can impact on people?s lives in many different ways as well, psychologically, physically and financially. The focus of the Brazilian oral health policy has shown effective however regional differences still persists and the inequalities are related to factors outside of the scope of health providers. Once these issues are resolved major improvements are to be seen in oral health status in Brazil..
Situation: Concluded; Nature: Research.
Participants: Mario André Maximilian Couto Ferrari - Co-ordinator / Maria Ercilia de Araújo - Participant / Fernanda C.S. de Almeida - Participant.


2011 - 2012
The history and current situation of oral health in Brazil
Description: This paper aims to summarize the key points that can be found in the literature about the events and changes in the economic and social policies that led Brazilian health care and oral health care towards what is has become, and point to the existing as well as the upcoming challenges that need to be addressed and overcome in the near future..
Situation: Concluded; Nature: Research.
Participants: Mario André Maximilian Couto Ferrari - Co-ordinator / Maria Ercilia de Araújo - Participant / Fernanda C.S. de Almeida - Participant.

Languages

Portuguese
Native
English
Comprehends Well, Speaks Well, Reads Well, Writes Well.
German
Comprehends Well, Speaks Well, Reads Well, Writes Well.
French
Comprehends Well, Speaks Reasonably, Reads Reasonably, Writes Little.
Spanish
Comprehends Well, Speaks Well, Reads Well, Writes Reasonably.

Education/Academic qualification

Oral Public Health, Post Doctorate, Universidade de Sao Paulo

1 Jan 201731 Mar 2018

Oral Public Health , PhD, Universidade de Sao Paulo

1 Jun 200915 Dec 2011

Public Health, Master of Science in International Health, Heidelberg University 

11 Sep 201011 Sep 2011

Forensic Dentistry , Master, Universidade de Sao Paulo

1 Feb 200320 Jun 0205

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dentistry Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
health Social Sciences
dentist Social Sciences
Brazil Social Sciences
health status Social Sciences
quality of life Social Sciences
health care Social Sciences