September 24, 2009
EDINBURGH, UK: The auditorium filled with the sound of Scottish bagpipes, but not playing the familiar tunes of folk classics such as Amazing Grace or Auld Lang Syne; it was the famous guitar intro from AC/DC’s 1990 track Thunderstruck as re-interpreted by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. The performance by the Scottish ensemble, who won the BBC’s When Will I Be Famous television show in 2007 and currently conquer stages in Scotland and worldwide with their energetic bagpipe rock, clearly was one of the highlights of this year’s European Society of Endodontology (ESE) congress in Edinburgh.
September 15, 2009
LEIPZIG, Germany: Oemus Media, one of the leading dental publishers in Germany, has announced to take over all existing German operations from Dental Tribune International beginning January 2010. The agreement includes the print and online editions of Dental Tribune Germany including all supplementaries, the trade show publication today IDS as well as two international specialist titles for endodontists and aesthetic dentistry. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
September 14, 2009
LONDON, UK: Parents are paying more than £1,000 to freeze stem cells from their children’s milk teeth as an insurance policy against diseases they might develop when they grow up. BioEden is Britain’s first tooth bank and parents pay £950 for the privilege, plus an annual £90 service charge.
September 3, 2009
SINGAPORE: The FDI will relocate to its new head office in Geneva, Switzerland, the week of 7 September. The plan for the move has been in the making for several years. A Relocation Task Team was put together to explore the benefits of relocating the FDI head office from its current location in France after the 2006 General Assembly in Shenzhen.
August 26, 2009
COVENTRY, UK: A new policy urging dentists to check for tell-tale signs of neglect when treating children with severe oral disease has recently been published for the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. The document, thought to be the first of its kind in Europe, is the result of a collaboration between the University of Warwick, the University of Sheffield, and the Leeds Dental Institute. It details the numerous factors that need to be taken into account when assessing a child with suspected dental neglect and given guidance on how the dental team should respond.
August 25, 2009
TEL AVIV, Israel: A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science suggests that the highly-sophisticated structure of teeth holds promising clues for aerospace engineering. Prof. Herzl Chai of Tel Aviv University’s School of Mechanical Engineering and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and George Washington University applied varying degrees of mechanical pressure to hundreds of extracted teeth and studied what occurred on the surface and deep inside them.
August 18, 2009
DT Online spoke with Prof. Thimios Mitsiadis, Head of the Institute for Oral Biology at the University of Zürich, about stem cell research in dentistry and what the chances are to recreate teeth.
August 14, 2009
LONDON, UK/LEIPZIG, Germany: Universities in the UK are reported to exploit a government policy that keeps British applicants out, while leaving no restrictions in terms of international applicants. According to newest figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in London, the number of domestic higher education (HE) students enrolling at UK universities has stalled lately, while that of students coming to study from overseas has continued to rise.
August 10, 2009
SCHAAN, Liechtenstein: Researchers at the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics at New York University College of Dentistry (NYU) recently determined through mechanical mouth-motion simulator testing that IPS e.max CAD lithium disilicate ceramic is the most robust all-ceramic material tested to date.
August 6, 2009 | Business
LEIPZIG, Germany/ZÜRICH, Switzerland: Nobel Biocare, a world leader in restorative and aesthetic dental solutions, provides dental professionals with root-to-tooth solutions, including dental implants, all-ceramic crowns, bridges and laminates, guided surgery planning, scanners, and biomaterials. Dental Tribune editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke to Domenico Scala, Nobel Biocare CEO, about current developments within the company and the dental market.
July 23, 2009
NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA and ROME, Italy: Prof. Gianluca Gambarini and his associates at the University of Rome — Prof. Luca Testarelli, Dr Nicola M Grande and Dr Gianluca Plotino — are offering a postgraduate master program in Advanced Endodontics. The program consists of a one-week on-site stage in Rome, plus a one-year e-learning course.
July 15, 2009
LONDON, UK: Oral health charity Dentaid is planning to walk the Great Wall of China for its next fundraising trek from 19-28 September 2009. The 10-day trip will be diverse, following steep country tracks and visiting different parts of the Wall, the Black Dragon Paw Park, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, Dentaid officials said.
July 14, 2009 | Business
ZURICH, Switzerland: Nobel Biocare Chairman Rolf Soiron will step down at the Swiss dental implant maker's next annual general meeting in March next year at the latest, he was quoted on Saturday as saying in an interview. Soiron, who is also the chairman of cement maker Holcim and drugs industry supplier Lonza, said he now wants to focus more on organisations such as think-tank Avenir Suisse, of which he is president, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
July 14, 2009 | Business
PETALUMA, CA, USA: The US biopharmaceutical company Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc., has announced to have entered an agreement with OroScience from the Netherlands for the distribution of their Microcyn-based oral products in the US, Canadian and European markets. While Oculus and OroScience work in concert to develop the products, Oculus will be able to offer these formulations also to its current and future partners or distributors outside the geographies covered by the agreement, including China, Mexico, India and select countries in the Middle East.
July 9, 2009 | Business
FRANKFURT a. MAIN and LEIPZIG, Germany: The Swiss dental manufacturer Nobel Biocare has signed a seven-year IT services outsourcing contract with Computer Sciences Corporation. The Swiss branch of the US-based provider of technology solutions and services will assume responsibility for desktop and help desk services, as well as data center operations supporting 38 Nobel Biocare locations in 33 countries representing five continents. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
July 2, 2009
LEIPZIG, Germany: Liquids slowly simmer in a small chamber of the factory. It is a company secret which liquids are at work in the never-ending distillation process, but the final product on the surface of three water basins shimmers like silver. Perhaps, the inspiration for the novel by the German author Karl May Treasure of Silver Lake may not have been the precious metal but rather pure mercury.
June 30, 2009 | Business
HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany/GÜMLIGEN-BERNE, Switzerland: The 2009 dental market report released by the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe (ADDE) has indicated a slight increase of 0.6 per cent of total sales in the European dental market. According to the new statistics, sundries sales in the EU increased by 1.5 per cent, while complete equipment sales declined by 2 per cent. Metal implants saw the biggest increase with 7 per cent.
June 24, 2009
LONDON, UK: The number of dentists seeking financial help in the UK has risen as the credit crunch takes hold, according to the British Dental Association’s Benevolent Fund. Last year, the Fund saw a 50 per cent increase in applications for financial assistance over the previous year, and this rise continued in the first three months of 2009.