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Study Clubs | On-Going


ON-GOING (October 2022 - June 2023) | LIVE WEBINAR

New members are always welcome! Dr. Shuler's study club starts in October and meets once a month.

This study club will guide dental professionals to develop an approach to recognize and manage oral soft tissue changes that can be incorporated into their daily clinical practice. The group will examine case studies of oral soft and hard tissue lesions that have been seen in dental clinical settings. Each case will be reviewed with respect to the process of recognizing the tissue change and establishing the process for moving to a final diagnosis. Participants in the course will be encouraged to bring examples from their own private practices and all cases reviewed will have been initially identified in a general dental practice.

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CHARLES SHULER, , BSc, DMD, PhD, Professor, UBC was the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of British Columbia for ten years, finishing his second five-year term June 30, 2017. He is now a professor of oral pathology in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences at UBC Dentistry and teaching oral pathology/medicine. Prior to being appointed at UBC he was a faculty member at the University of Southern California for 18 years. At USC he served as the Director of the University of Southern California Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology holding an endowed chair position as the George and Mary Lou Boone Chair Professor of Craniofacial Molecular Biology. He also served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Craniofacial Biology and the Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs at the USC School of Dentistry. Dr. Shuler received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, his D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his Ph.D. in Pathology from the University of Chicago and his Oral Pathology education at the University of Minnesota and the Royal Dental College Copenhagen Denmark. He has been active in assessing and managing clinical oral pathology patients with soft and hard tissue lesions. He has had an active research program funded by national granting agencies that focused on evaluating the molecular regulation of the soft and hard tissues of the secondary palate to better understand the etiology of craniofacial birth defects and pathologic changes of the tissues



Wednesday, March 22,2023 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

Current data is presented with respect to the presence of controlled substance use among general practice patients, cost effective strategies for conducting a valid assessment, and crisis strategies for management, tapering, and interprofessional collaboration.

RONALD J. KULICH, PHD has responsibilities including development and management of opioid risk assessment
protocols for the Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Center and Facial Pain/Headache Center at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Other academic responsibilities include treatment guideline development for work injury with specific focus on opioid therapy risk, Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, membership in the Mass Pain Initiative Public Policy Council, and training committee for the MA Prescription Monitoring Program. Much of his recent work has been focused on CME/CE content development with respect to risk assessment for controlled substances. He has co-chaired the Massachusetts Dental Education Core Competencies Subcommittee for the Prevention and Management of Prescription Drug Misuse, and maintains membership in the Law Enforcement Prescription Monitoring Program Educational Program. His fellowship training responsibilities include supervision of Anesthesia/Pain Medicine and Orofacial Pain Medicine Fellows (Mass General Hospital), management of the behavioral sciences curriculum for Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and supervision of psychology graduate interns within the pain centers. Patient clinical care and assessment activities include evidence-based use of screening/assessment with a range of chronic pain populations, and impact of public policy on access to pain care. His work has resulted in over 100 publications. Most recent publications focus on questionnaire construction, and outcome predictors with chronic opioid therapy.


Saturday, March 25,2023 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

This course will review the five fundamental principles that form the foundation of the ADA Code: patient autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, justice, and veracity.

DAVID S. HANCOCK, DDS, FACD attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate education. He attended Northwestern University Dental School, completing his degree in 1976. He began private practice in Scottsdale, July 1976. His private practice areas of interest were general and restorative dentistry, dental occlusion, and TM disorders. Interest in failed TM treatments led to years of study in orofacial pain with Jeffery Okeson DMD at the UKY orofacial pain center and Dr. Terry Tanaka. He has completed 200 + head and neck dissections with Dr. Tanaka. Dr. Hancock is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the America Equilibration Society, the IADR /AADOCR and AADSM. He is also a member of the ADA Standard Committee on Dental Products, Working Group 9, and chairs the subgroup 9.69 dealing with adhesives/cements for CADCAM generated restorations. Dr Hancock is honored to hold fellowship in the American College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International Dr. Hancock is a perpetual learner.



Wednesday, April 5,2023 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

The successful selection of ceramic material for the restoration of teeth requiring crowns is based upon esthetics and function. This presentation will explore the selection of ceramics from aspects of biological compatibility, occlusion, and patient acceptance. Cases demonstrating success and failure of currently utilized ceramic materials will be presented.

CHRIS WYATT, DDS, MS, PHD , is Professor and Chair of the Division of Prosthodontics & Dental Geriatrics in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Wyatt graduated with a DMD degree from the University of British Columbia in 1986, a diploma in Prosthodontics in 1995, and an MSc in Dentistry in 1996 from the University of Toronto. In 2010, Dr. Wyatt was appointed as head of the new Graduate Prosthodontics Program at UBC. He is past President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the British Columbia Society of Prosthodontists.


Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

This course is suitable for general dentists, pediatric dentists, endodontists, and other dentists who are interested in dental trauma to the permanent dentition. The course will be for 90 minutes and will include information from the most recent guidelines by the International Association of Dental Traumatology that were published in 2020

ASHRAF F. FOUAD, DDS, MS obtained his DDS, Certificate of Endodontics and MS at the University of Iowa. He served on the faculty and in various administrative roles at University of Connecticut, the University of Maryland, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics, and Director, Advanced Endodontics Program, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Fouad has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 24 textbook chapters, and 140 abstracts. He edited and co-authored the textbooks: Endodontic Microbiology (now in its second edition), as well as the fifth and sixth editions of Endodontics: Principles and Practice. He is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Board of Endodontics, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Endodontics.


Saturday, April 22, 2023 | HANDS-ON AT UBC

Limited Enrolment

Digital denture technology is an efficient method to fabricate dentures in fewer dental appointments as compared to traditional methods. Participants will develop a clear understanding of digital dentures, from record taking to treatment completion. Implant planning principles for implant retained overdentures will also be covered. The program is structured, evidence-based and up to date including a didactic component, case presentations and hands-on training for clinicians with different levels of experience in conventional and implant retained removable dental prosthesis.

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NESRINE MOSTAFA, BDS, MSC/DIP PROS, PHD, FRCD(C) is a Board-Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics and Clinical Associate Professor of Prosthodontics at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry. She received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Alexandria University (Egypt). She completed a master’s degree and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta. Then she completed her Prosthodontic Specialty training at the University of British Columbia. Her private practice is focused on implantsupported fixed and removable dental prosthesis, digital smile design, complete oral rehabilitation, cleft palate patients and patients with congenital anomalies. She has published extensively in journals such as the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Journal of Prosthodontics, Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, to name just a few. Dr. Mostafa has received several prestigious awards for her research at U of A and UBC


Tuesday, April 25,2023 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

The course will go over basic implant anatomy, diagnosis of peri-implant disease, risk factors, surgical and non-surgical treatment options and make special emphasis in peri-implant maintenance and long-term stability of peri-implant tissues.

CARLOS PARRA, DDS, MS , was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He graduated from dental school (2009) at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Barcelona, Spain. After his graduation, he got enrolled in a Clinical Residency in Periodontology at UIC (2009-10). He also served as pre-doctoral clinical instructor (2011 – 12) at UIC.During that period, he was also involved in researches relating oropharyngeal dysphagia and oral hygiene.Dr. Parra practiced dentistry in Barcelona, Spain, for 3 years (2009-12) prior to coming to Boston, USA. In 2012, he continued his studies for a Certificate in Periodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts (2012-15). In November of 2015 he became a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas. In September 2016, during the 102 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), he received the Leslie M. Salkin Award for the highest-scoring candidate on the 2016 American Board of Periodontology (ABP) Oral Examination. He is also a receiver of the American Academy Foundation Fellowship to the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) in Health Professions, and the Bud & Linda Tarrson Fellowship Award. On September 2021, Dr. Parra was appointed Graduate Program Director of the Department of Periodontology, at Texas A&M University. Dr. Parra has lectured nationally and internationally on periodontics. His main areas of interest are soft tissue
enhancement and dental implants


Friday, April 28,2023 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

Guided by Dr. Vargo, participants will journey through the “St. Louis” oral pathology landscape to encounter several exotic oral pathologies. Participants will experience how these cases were diagnosed and managed.

RICHARD J. VARGO DMD, MBA , is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at A.T. Still University – Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) and at the St. Louis Dental Center in St. Louis, MO. For his clinical and didactic teaching at ATSU-MOSDOH, he has received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Class of 2020, the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Class of 2022, and the Outstanding Specialty Care Unit Director Award from the Class of 2022. He is an oral pathologist with the SSM Health SLUCare Physician Group, where
he has a clinical practice in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a surgical oral pathology practice in the Department of Pathology; an adjunct assistant professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine; and on the expert panel of the Missouri Telehealth Network’s Oral Health ECHO. Dr. Vargo received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, graduating early in 2010. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2015, where he received numerous awards and honors, including the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence. Subsequently, he completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and earned diplomate status with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in 2018. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Vargo completed his MBA with a Healthcare Administration Specialization at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business in 2022. Dr. Vargo’s research interests include oral ulcers, dental abnormalities, oral manifestations of HIV and syphilis, and oral effects of cannabis use. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He also serves as a peer reviewer for several national and international journals.


April 28 - 30, 2023

This hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of adult minimal sedation to include nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation and oral sedation, as well as effective methods in dealing with anxiety control in general practice. Participants will learn various techniques and will have the opportunity to try several types of nitrous oxide and oxygen delivery units. The three day course satisfies the requirements for state or provincial dental boards or colleges who require 21 hours of continuing education to certify for combined inhalation and oral adult minimal sedation. The two day course is designed to achieve certification in nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation sedation, with 14 hours of continuing education.

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JASON H. GOODCHILD, DMD received his undergraduate degree from Dickson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He went on to receive his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). He is currently the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Premier Dental Products Company (Plymouth Meeting, PA) involved in developing and educating dentists on new materials and techniques to improve clinical practice. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Creighton University School of Dentistry (Omaha, NE), and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (Newark, NJ). Dr. Goodchild has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and lectures internationally on the topics of treatment planning, treatment of medical complex dental patients, restorative dentistry, pharmacology, emergency medicine in dentistry, enteral sedation dentistry, and dental photography. He has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association of Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, Compendium, and Quintessence International. Dr. Goodchild maintains a private general dental practice in Havertown, PA.

MARK DONALDSON, BSP, RPH, ACPR, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States. He is currently Associate Principal of Clinical Pharmacy for Vizient’s Advisory Solutions, and lives in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the OHSU. He has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners and has spent the last 26 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field. Dr. Donaldson has published numerous peer-reviewed works and textbook chapters. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association, and is a reviewer for over ten other different journals. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the Past-President and Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson is the 2016 recipient of the AGD’s Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award and in 2019 he was conferred by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) with the, “Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award.” This award is given to an individual outside of the dental profession in appreciation for exemplary support or service to the profession as a whole.


Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2023 | HANDS-ON AT UBC

Limited Enrolment

This two day course is designed to teach dentists the procedure of lateral ridge augmentation via guided bone regeneration. Bone healing patterns, grafting materials & membranes, indications & management of complications will be addressed in detail. Atraumatic extraction and socket preservation with bone grafting will also be addressed in detail. Participants will practice atraumatic extraction (with periotomes), socket preservation (with or without bone grafting), lateral ridge augmentation in single site cases with the use of bone substitutes and the appropriate suturing techniques.

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ALI SADEGHI DMD, MD, FRCD(C), is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City as part of his 6-year oral and maxillofacial residency training in the same hospital. He is currently the Department Head of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Lions Gate hospital in North Vancouver and Assistant Clinical Professor at UBC Dentistry. Dr. Sadeghi lectures nationally and internationally on all aspects of Implant Surgery and has private practices in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Port Coquitlam, BC

TASSO IRINAKIS, DDS, MSC, DIP. PERIO, FRCD(C), is a Certified Specialist in Periodontics and one of the current leaders in comprehensive implant patient care and implant education for dental professionals. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program at the University of British Columbia for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor in the faculty of dentistry and has published several articles on implants and bone grafting in peer reviewed journals. He has lectured nationally and internationally and holds private practice in Courtenay, Nanaimo and Vancouver, BC


EVOLVING YOUR PRACTICE WITH COMPREHENSIVE IMPLANT DENTISTRY: Prosthetic & Surgical Treatment Provided by the Same Hands

Monday, May 1,2023 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

The primary goal of this program is to help general dentists find their “dental implant comfort zone.” Having the skill set that allows a dentist to treatment plan, surgically place, and prosthetically restore dental implants, puts him/her in a position to truly deliver comprehensive implant care, hence improving the quality of their patients’ lives, while elevating the level of their dental practice.

HERBERT M. MENDLESON DDS, FAGD, DICOI, DABOI/ID , has extensive experience in implantology both as a practitioner and instructor. A George Washington University graduate, he earned his DDS from the Medical College of Virginia, completed an AEGD residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been in private practice in Owings Mills, MD., for the past 27 years. Now a clinical instructor with UMSOD’s Department of General Dentistry, Mendelson is the director of the Dental Implant Continuum. In addition, he has taught both Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry since 2000 as well as lectured internationally on Prosthodontics – Fixed and Removable; Practice Management; and Advanced Surgical Techniques. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry as well as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

The lecture is of two parts: the first part will cover the oral manifestations of systemic diseases and conditions this includes but not limited to nutritional, hematologic, metabolic, endocrine, gastro-intestinal, connective tissue, granulomatous, infectious, cutaneous, and drug induced manifestations. The second part of the lecture will cover the possible hypotheses of correlation between periodontal disease and systemic diseases and conditions and literature.

•Graduated from College of Dentistry BDS- Baghdad-Iraq
•Oral surgery program : University of Paris VII - France
•PhD : University of Paris VII - France
•Fellowship of Maxilla-facial Prosthesis : University of Paris V - France
•Periodontics residency program: Rutgers School of Dental medicine - USA
•Master of Dental Science MDS: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine - USA
•Graduated from DMD program: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine - USA
•Full time faculty in Periodontics and Oral surgery departments: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine - USA


Saturday, May 13,2023 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

This course is geared towards enabling Family Practitioners to better serve their multigenerational family based offices. This course will examine in detail the thorough process of screening patients, reviewing features to examine for both extra orally, intra orally, radiographically and upon clinical exam. Diagnostic record taking and keeping for orthodontics as well as diagnosis and treatment planning including extra oral and intra oral analysis, functional analysis, cephalometric analysis and timing of various treatments will be reviewed. The course will also review proper formulation of treatment objectives, treatment planning and informed consent for orthodontic treatment.

NATOOSHA NARGASKI (HON)BSC, DDS, MSC (ORTHO) FRCD(C) ) is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Graduate Orthodontics Clinic at the University of Toronto. She is also the president of the Ontario Association of Orthodontists. She has earned an (Hon)BSc degree in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus and earned both her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and her MSc specialty in Orthodontics from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. She did a GPR at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and is dually licensed to practice in both Ontario and Connecticut, where she practiced after her specialty training and before returning to Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is a member of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and the Ontario Association of Orthodontists


Thursday, May 18,2023 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

This lecture will consist of an overview of laser fundamentals including tissue interaction and safety; a brief description of different available lasers; and many clinical case applications for treatment of both soft and hard tissues. Procedures such as oral surgery, restorative dentistry, and periodontics will be shown and explained. Current literature citations will also be included. Questions and discussion are highly encouraged.

DONALD J. COLUZZI DDS , a 1970 graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. He retired from general practice after 35 years and is a life member of both the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He has served as a past president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, received its Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence and is a past editor of the Journal of Laser Dentistry. He has used dental lasers since early 1991. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. He serves as a reviewer for several journals, and is a founding associate of Laser Education International. He recently received the outstanding faculty member award from the American College of Dentists. Dr. Coluzzi has presented about lasers worldwide, co-authored three text books, and published several peer-reviewed articles and chapters in dental books.


Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

While the principles of recognition and diagnosis of white lesions have been consistent over the years, the management of such lesions is under constant revision. This course will discuss common neoplastic and nonneoplastic white lesions, how to interpret biopsy results, and how to implement or find evidence-based management.

AUSTIN SHACKELFORD, DMD is an Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at A.T. Still University - Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Shackelford completed his Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology residency at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Shackelford has participated in head and neck cancer research and contributed to multiple journals including JADA, OOOO, and the Journal of Oncology. Dr. Shackelford is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, a fellow with the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, and is a member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Shackelford strives to make the specialty of Oral Pathology more accessible and practical for all dental professionals



Saturday, September 23, 2023 | HANDS-ON AT UBC

Limited Enrolment

The focus of this hands-on program is to provide general dentists with key factors in achieving predictable aesthetic and functional outcomes with different types of fixed prosthesis on natural teeth. In the didactic section of this full day course, a comprehensive review of prosthodontic treatment planning as well as indications and contraindications for different types of ceramic restorations will be provided. A systematic approach to smile design, tooth preparation, impression, temporization and cementation will be discussed. Participants will be introduced to techniques that can help them be more efficient and successful in their practices. The hands-on component will focus on preparation, impression and temporization of typodonts, and introduction to digital technology including intra oral scanners, and smile design software.

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of British Columbia in dentistry and is a board certified specialist in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Amiri is in full-time private practice in Vancouver and North Vancouver. His practice is focused on Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry. Dr. Amiri also teaches at the department of prosthodontics at UBC as a part-time clinical professor.



LIVE ONLINE LEARNING December 1 - 3, 2023, January 26 - 28, 2024 & February 23 - 25, 2024

As in all successful organizations, the efficient management of systems, costs and revenues is critical to success. For dental professionals, understanding how to manage these factors and improve customer retention through quality of care, especially during and after the pandemic, are key to developing a sustainable, patient-centric practice. Designed and delivered live, online by Sauder faculty and successful dental practitioners, and based on industry best practices and key measurements, the concepts and skills presented in this certificate program will help you work more effectively with your staff, streamline your systems and make smart decisions for the future.

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