The Academy of Osseointegration (AO) announces a partnership with the FDI World Dental Federation—a federation of approximately 200 national dental associations and specialist groups, whose mission is to be the authoritative, professional, independent, worldwide voice of dentistry. On September 9, during the General Assembly of the 2016 FDI World Parliament in Poznan, Poland, AO was elected to Affiliate Member status, following five years as a Supporting Member.
“Our partnership with FDI speaks to the global presence of the AO, and our commitment to enabling better patient care worldwide,” said AO Vice President Dr. James Taylor, who was honored to accept the Certificate of Affiliate Membership on behalf of AO.
FDI Affiliate Members are not-for-profit international dental associations with significant international membership and interests, representing dental organizations whose missions are in line with those of FDI.
Also on September 9, AO hosted its fourth annual symposium within the FDI Annual World Dental Congress (ADWC). The event was organized and moderated by Dr. Taylor, and included three distinguished European AO member presenters:
- Dr. Tomas Linkevičius of Vilnius, Lithuania, presented on “Subgingival and supragingival prosthetic materials in implant restorations.”
- Dr. Asbjørn Jokstad of Tromsø, Norway, presented on “Esthetic outcomes for single implants in the anterior maxilla and dimensions of the peri-implant hard and soft tissues.”
- Dr. Hadi Antoun of Paris, France, presented on “Optimal management of the posterior atrophic mandible.”
“The AO/FDI Symposium is well attended every year, and this year in Poland was no different,” said Dr. Taylor. “We are grateful to this year’s distinguished presenters, and are already looking forward to next year’s ADWC being held August 29 through September 1, 2017, in Madrid, Spain.”
The AO’s inaugural regional engagement in the FDI Global CE Program (FDI GCEP) will occur in 2017. AO member Brian Fitzpatrick, from Brisbane, Australia, will speak at the FDI GCEP meeting being held September 21—24, 2017, in Shanghai, China.
The FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programs, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in oral-health promotion activities worldwide. FDI works at the international and national levels through its own activities and those of its members. FDI has official relations with the World Health Organization and is a member of the World Health Professionals Alliance.
With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration is recognized as the premier international association for professionals interested in implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists and generalists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques; share the best information; and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based science and methods. Follow AO on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Source: Academy of Osseointegration