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30th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration to be Held in March

Posted on October 15, 2014

CHICAGO, October 15, 2014, The theme of this year's 30th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is, “Science, Collaboration and Clinical Excellence for 30 Years.” Scheduled for March 12-14, 2015, the event will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco.

This event is dedicated to advancements and continuing education in the field of dentistry. Featuring some of the world’s most notable figures in implant dentistry, dental professionals from near and far are invited to join this intense three-day learning session. Click here to view the meeting schedule.

This year’s top new features are “Morning with the Masters,” a daybreak education session with the industry’s leading clinicians; an English-speaking symposium featuring prominent figures from South Korea; and an AO-member research display, that will appear on flat-screen monitors instead of cardboard and paper. Follow AO on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

Headlining the event is facial plastic surgeon, Daniel Alam, MD--a member of the multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic and the first doctor to perform a near-total face transplant in the United States. His speech will focus on the power of a work team in restoring a patient’s physical and psychological health after surgery. By emphasizing each member’s contribution to a patient’s well-being, he will highlight the importance of different disciplines weaving together to support a patient’s medical, surgical and emotional needs during recovery.

In support of this message, AO assembled an international group of clinicians who will demonstrate Dr. Alam’s approach in relation to implant dentistry and delivering superior surgical and restorative care. Accordingly, the Allied Staff Educational Sessions have now been named the TEAM Program. Experts will later summarize what the Academy has learned over 30 years, suggesting possible solutions to the obstacles that challenge implant dentistry.

“We continue to explore and add innovative features to ensure this event is fresh, engaging and educational for researchers and clinicians in implant dentistry and tissue engineering,” said Joseph Gian-Grasso, DMD, president of the Academy of Osseointegration. “We’re confident that all of our attendees – no matter where they are in their career – will enjoy a truly memorable experience and take home knowledge that they can begin applying at their practices Monday morning.”

This conference offers numerous opportunities to network and socialize, including at the President’s Reception, a time-honored event sponsored by DENTSPLY Implants. This complimentary event will be held at the Exploratorium – a museum with eye opening exhibits, tools, and projects for attendees for enjoy. Food will be served at a variety of stations throughout the venue, with live entertainment to brighten the atmosphere.

The conference will conclude with an Interactive Session called “Putting it All Together: Two Missing Adjacent Teeth in the Esthetic Zone: Options for Treatment.” This invites attendees to participate by voting on keypads and discussing treatment options for presented cases. A panel of experts, led by Maurizio Tonetti, DMD, PhD; Paul Rosen, DMD, MS; Kenneth Hinds, DDS, and others, will also debate the options.

“When the Annual Event concludes, attendees will return home reinvigorated and excited about their profession as well as the power of collaboration to advance the art and science of dental implant therapy,” said Donald Clem III, DDS, Chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting. “Ultimately, patient safety and benefit must be based on sound evidence—that’s what the Academy is all about and our Annual Meeting will be, too.”

About the Academy of Osseointegration

With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is recognized as the premier international association for professionals interested in implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists and generalists come together to evaluate emerging research, technology and techniques, share best practices, and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based information. Follow AO on Facebook and Twitter.