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Research Summit Sets Future Course for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Short and long-term research in the areas of tissue engineering, wound healing, minimally invasive surgery and pain management will shape the future practice for oral and maxillofacial surgery, according to the faculty and researchers from accredited oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs, representatives of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) , the OMS Foundation, biomedical scientists and bioengineers who participated in the 2005 AAOMS Research Summit, held May 4-6, in Rosemont, IL.

The Research Summit brought together researchers from around the United States to fulfill a dual charge: First, to define current knowledge or technological gaps that affect the current practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery and identify specific research needs that could provide the foundation for future research initiatives; and second, to identify existing limitations to effective research in oral and maxillofacial surgery and propose potential solutions for identified short comings. By the end of the Summit, it was clear that these goals had been attained.

AAOMS President Dr. Daniel J. Daley, Jr. told participants, "I view this Research Summit as a call to action that will reawaken within the specialty a recommitment to the principles of investigative research that is so essential to the future of oral and maxillofacial surgery."Over the three-day program, researchers learned what grants were available for oral and maxillofacial surgery-related research and how to apply for them. After considering presentations on current technologies and practice procedures that are either available now or in an earlier stage of development, participants broke into small study groups to deliberate the future of OMS and the priorities that should be accorded potential research projects, in terms of their feasibility and benefits to the public health.

During the Research Summit's plenary session, participants called for an ambitious program that will not only advance the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery, but enhance patient care through research programs that specifically address tissue engineering, minimally invasive surgery, better pain and wound management. The results of the 2005 Research Summit will be published in the October 2005 Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

SOURCE: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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