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Thursday, 02 February 2012


World dental experts at UPCD’s 97th yr fete

Two of the world’s dental experts and one of the country’s foremost periodontists will be featured in the one-day scientific symposium to usher in the week-long celebration (February 6-10) commemorating the 97th year of the University of the Philippines College of Dentistry (UPCD), the only government-owned dental school in the Philippines. The symposium, dubbed “Mastering Soft and Hard Tissue Management: A Patient Centered Approach for Maximum Gains,” which is open to all licensed dentists on February 6 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel (8AM-5PM), will feature world-renowned speakers Professors Fridus van der Weijden from Amsterdam, Holland and Ian Meyers from Australia as well as Dr. Regina Santos-Morales from the Philippines. UPCD’s 97th year has its theme “Patuloy na tumutugon sa tawag ng panahon.”
 

UPCD 75th, PDI Professor van der Weijden will tackle periodontal risk assessment in practice, identifying patients in need of periodontal treatment, criteria for assessing and evaluating treatment decisions, clinical tips on recommending the most appropriate home care products and how to use oral hygiene products including power toothbrushes safely and effectively. He is a periodontist, implant-specialist and Professor at the University of Amsterdam whose focus is on “Prevention and Therapy of Periodontal Infections.” He has published over 200 papers and systematic reviews, authored a book entitled “The Power of Ultrasonics” and an international lecturer on all aspects of prevention and periodontal therapies. He is also the co-author and co-editor of the book “Preventive Dentistry.”
Professor Meyers will demonstrate modern clinical techniques and products available to assess and manage the patients’ dental tissue disease risks, practical examples of new approaches to minimal intervention dentistry in addition to management of tooth wear and the changing patterns of diet and lifestyle that are impacting on preserving a healthy smile for life. He has honorary professorial positions at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry and James Cook University. Chairman of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and a member of the editorial board of the Australian Dental Journal and several other international journals, Prof. Meyers is also an examiner for the Australian Dental Council and a member and past chairman of the ADA Dental Instruments, Materials and Equipment Committee.
Dr. Morales, one of the most sought-after speakers and periodontists in the country, will tackle Implant Maintenance. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and had her post-graduate training in Periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Foundation Week activities, organized jointly by the UP College of Dentistry headed by Dean Vicente O. Medina III, the UP Dental Alumni Association led by its President, Dr. Arnon L. Rivera and its Incoming President, Dr. Armin G. Segarra and Batch ’87 represented by Drs. Marivic Reyes, Jake Laureta and Noel Vallesteros, will also have the following events: February 8, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM – Research Methodology and Research Design Workshop (open only to faculty members and graduate students of all dental schools and is limited to 30 participants) to be conducted by Prof. van der Weijden, at the UP College of Dentistry, Pedro Gil, Manila; February 10, 3:00-10:00 PM, UP Balay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City – grand gathering of the alumni, faculty members, staff and students of the UPCD which will be graced by Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto as guest of honor and keynote speaker
For inquiries regarding the February 6 Symposium and the February 8 Research Workshop, contact Dr. Armin Segarra at 0917-5305-861 or 0922-8827646. For the Grand Gathering on February 10, contact Dr. Christy Laureta at 09189398011 and Dr. Arnon Rivera at 09178919175.
 
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