By Dr. Stephen L. Jacobs, Academy News Editorial Consultant, Vice Chair, Global Program Development Committee
The latest AO Charter Chapter held its inaugural meeting in Tokyo, Japan on July 26. Dr. Takashi Sumi, Ichinomiya-City, Aichi, Japan, the AO Japan Ambassador, who had been working on this event for over a year, assembled a lineup of speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan, with a theme “The Science of Implants and Associated Biology.
Extensive industry sponsorship organized locally, ensured that there was no cost to the Academy, and many major companies involved in our industry were represented.
The actual event began the evening before, with a welcome reception at the Roppongi Hills Club, where the organizers sponsors and speakers enjoyed traditional local hospitality, some short speeches and great company, all with a spectacular view of Tokyo from over 50 floors up.
Early the following morning, over 300 delegates from all over Japan, and more importantly representing all of the country’s leading implant associations and groups, assembled at the Tokyo International Forum for the scientific meeting. Dr. Sumi, and Drs. Kenji Takeshita, Tokyo, and Kunihiko Teranishi, Tokyo, addressed the delegates, welcoming them to the meeting and explaining the ethos and purpose of the Charter Chapter initiative.
AO President Dr. Russell D. Nishimura, Westlake Village, CA, welcomed AO members and non-members alike to the largest Academy event ever held outside the shores North America. He urged non-members to join the AO family to benefit from membership and continue to grow the Academy into the foremost international dental implant organization in existence.
The morning was given over to the international speakers with Dr. Michael R. Norton, AO Vice President and Chair of the Global Program Development Committee, followed by Dr. Stephen L. Jacobs, Vice Chair of the Global Program Development Committee, presenting the first two lectures on immediate implant placement, including options of managing the immediate provisionalization of adjacent anterior teeth.
After a short break, Professor Tara L. Aghaloo, AO Board Director, delivered her lecture on Alveolar Bone Regeneration and Tissue Engineering. These first three lectures were assisted by simultaneous translation into Japanese.
A traditional Japanese lunch was followed by six short lectures by some of our most prominent Japanese members, in Japanese, with the subject matter including inter-implant soft tissue management, 3-dimensional site development, sinus augmentation and photo functionalization. The speakers were Drs. Takahiro Ogawa, Hideaki Katsuyama, Tadakazu Obama, Eiji Funakoshi, Yoshinori Nameta, Seiichiro Kinjo, Akiyoshi funato, and Masana Suzuki.
The quality of the presentations was outstanding, with sound scientific basis, relevant clinical applications and a very high quality of clinical cases and photography. The meeting closed with Dr. Norton thanking Dr. Sumi for his exceptionally hard work in arranging everything and inviting everyone in attendance to meet again in San Diego for the AO annual Meeting in February 2016.
AO’s largest meeting held outside of North America was an outstanding success, hopefully resulting in many new AO members and a great endorsement for the Charter Chapter program. This meeting was able to assemble many of the Japanese implant associations under the AO banner, and the chapter will organize further meetings in due course. Charter chapters already established in the United Kingdom, Israel, Spain and Italy are already planning future meetings.
The Global Program development committee welcomes any members not based in the United States who are interested in setting up a Charter chapter in their country, to approach Dr. Jacobs, Dr. Norton, or the AO office for any further information.