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EAO 2019 builds bridges to future of implantology

By Brendan Day, DTI
September 11, 2019

LISBON, Portugal: From 26 to 28 September, the Lisbon Congress Centre will play host to the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO). The congress promises to deliver an engaging learning atmosphere for attendees through a mix of lectures, hands-on workshops and clinical video sessions.

Under the theme “The bridge to the future”, the 2019 EAO congress is set to shine a spotlight on the future directions of implant dentistry. The scientific programme reflects this theme, according to the event’s organising committee, by providing dynamic and interactive sessions in which internationally prominent speakers will be discussing topics at the cutting edge of research and innovation.

“Attendees will have a great choice of different sessions with plenty of well renowned speakers from all over the world,” said Prof. Gil Alcoforado, Chair of the 2019 EAO congress. “The scientific programme was built around questions that many clinicians ask themselves when they have to treat a patient.”

“Several ‘bridges’ will be ‘crossed’ at this year’s congress: from the analogic to the digital, from the surgical to the micro-surgical and from the staged protocol to the immediate placement and loading of implants,” Alcoforado continued.

In keeping with this forward-thinking theme, this year’s congress will see the debut of a dedicated EAO channel on YouTube. This will make available all the main sessions and debates, allowing for attendees to review the event’s scientific content.

Also being featured for the first time this year will be a competition for the best cell biology photograph. A jury, consisting of the EAO’s Drs Kathrin Becker and Björn Klinge, will determine which of the submitted implant dentistry-related photographs is worthy of adorning the cover of an upcoming issue of Clinical Oral Implants Research, the EAO’s official publication.

A clinical video competition will also be held at Lisbon and the best will be presented during a dedicated session on the first afternoon of the congress. The winner will receive the European Prize for Clinical Video on Implant Dentistry, as well as a cash prize of €2,000, and his or her video will be broadcast on the EAO’s social media channels.

At this year’s congress, Brazil will be featured as the guest country. Brazil currently has the highest number of EAO members of any South American country, and its mutual history with Portugal makes it a natural choice for this year, according to the EAO. A dedicated Brazil and friends session on the topic of “Improved aesthetic outcomes with anterior implants” will be held on the afternoon of 27 September.

Attendees will additionally be able to learn about the latest innovations from the 120 companies present. Ten satellite industry symposia, sponsored by Nobel Biocare, Straumann and Dentsply Sirona, among others, will also highlight the newest clinical solutions that are available.

Since its foundation in Munich in Germany in 1991, the EAO has grown to become one of the leading associations within the discipline of osseointegration. The EAO was created as an international and independent exchange forum for dentists interested in the science of implant dentistry. The first congress was held in Leuven in Belgium in 1992 for fewer than 500 attendees; the 28th instalment is expecting upwards of 3,500.

Though the official language of the EAO congress is English, some sessions will be interpreted into Portuguese.

Further information about the scientific meeting and programme of the 2019 EAO congress is available on the organisation’s website and through the EAO Congress 2019 app.

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