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The Future of Dental Medicine

BOSTON, Massachusetts--The 2002 Henry M. Goldman Symposium, on the Future of Dental Medicine, was held September 21-22, 2002, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Sponsored by Boston University School of Dental Medicine and the school's alumni association, the symposium was held in honor of the school's 40th anniversary and Dr. Spencer N. Frankl's 25th year as dean.

The biennial symposium provided a stimulating and educational opportunity for participants to examine exciting advances in oral and systemic health care while celebrating milestones in the school's history. The symposium is named for the school's founding dean, who in 1963 had a vision for an innovative school of dental medicine that endures to this day.

Presentations included:

  • The Future of Periodontology, Dr. Robert J. Genco, Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology and Microbiology; Vice Provost for Science, Technology Transfer, and Economic Outgrowth, SUNY at Buffalo

  • Future of Health Care Delivery and Trends, Dr. Raul Garcia, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research, BUSDM

  • Gene Therapy and Bioengineering in Dentistry's Future. Dr. Bruce J. Baum, Chief, Gene Therapy and Therapeutics Branch, NIDCR, NIH

  • Saliva as a Diagnostic Tool, Dr. Frank G. Oppenheim, Professor and Chair, Department of Periodontology and Oral Biology, BUSDM

  • New and Future Paradigms in Periodontology: A Link to Systemic Disease, Dr. Thomas E. Van Dyke, Professor of Periodontology and Oral Biology, BUSDM

  • Innovations in Orthodontics, Dr. Anthony Gianelly, Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, BUSDM

  • Use of Bioengineering in Maxillofacial Reconstruction, Dr. Laisheng Chou, Professor and Director, Division of Oral Medicine; Professor of Biomaterials, BUSDM; and David Cottrell, Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, BUSDM

  • Dental Biomaterials: Recent Advances and What Lies Ahead, Dr. Dan Nathanson, Professor and Chair, Department of Restorative Sciences/Biomaterials, BUSDM

  • Innovations in Endodontic Treatment, Dr. John West, Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Dentistry

  • Bioengineering and Tooth Replacement, Dr. Irma Thesleff, Chair, Finnish Connective Tissue Society; Academy Professor and Research Director, Research Program in Developmental Biology, Institute of Biotechnology, Viikki Biocenter University of Helsinki

  • The Future of Oral Maxillofacial Implants. Dr. John B. Brunski, Professor,Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • The Future of Esthetic Dentistry, Dr. Robert Ibsen, Clinical Lecturer,Department of Restorative Sciences, BUSDM, and University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Los Angeles; Founder and President of Den-Mat Corporation;

  • Dental Informatics: Challenges for the Twenty-first Century, Dr. Titus Schleyer, Director, Center for Dental Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

  • Putting Science into Practice: The Critical Role of Dental Schools, Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH

  • Future of Dentistry Forum: The Perspective from Dental School Deans. Dr. Dominick DePaola President and CEO, The Forsyth Institute; Dr. R. Bruce Donoff, Professor and Dean, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Spencer N. Frankl, Professor and Dean, BUSDM; Dr. Lonnie H. Norris, Professor and Dean, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Peter Robinson, Professor and Dean, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

The dean's panel on the future of dentistry, moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Hutter, associate dean for academic affairs at BUSDM, was the highlight of the two-day event. Leaders of five of the most respected and admired institutions of dental education gathered to share their views and ideas of what lies ahead for the future of dental medicine and education. These distinguished practitioners, educators, researchers, and leaders discussed the impact of various changes on the future of dentistry and the responsibilities of schools of dental medicine to transfer advancements into clinical applications.

The exciting two-day event culminated with a celebratory dinner at which Boston University Chancellor John Silber lauded the school, its founder Henry M. Goldman and Dean Frankl for outstanding dedication, leadership and foresight.

SOURCE: Boston University School of Dental Medicine

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