Speakers & Moderators

Reinhard Gruber, Austria

Moderator & Chairman

Reinhard Gruber received his Dr. nat. techn. from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. After a post-doctoral appointment in Rheumatology, he joined the Department of Oral Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna in 1999. He was vice director of the curriculum dentistry and coordinator of the Doctoral Program “Bone and Joint Regeneration”. As a visiting scientist, he was at the Bone Tissue Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and at the University of Michigan’s Dental School. From 2012 to 2015, Reinhard Gruber was head of the Laboratory of Oral Cell Biology at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern where he still holds an affiliation. In October 2014, he became Full Professor for Oral Biology at the Medical University of Vienna. He is Associate Editor of IJOMI and in four editorial boards including JDR, COIR, and Tissue Engineering. He is in the board of the Osteology Foundation and the German Society of Osteology. His laboratory uses fundamental cell biology, preclinical models and clinical trials for the development of causal therapeutic strategies in regenerative dentistry. One focus is on bone regeneration with respect to osseointegration of dental implants and graft consolidation. (Scopus ID: 7102883530; ORCID ID 0000-0001-5400-9009; h-index: 33).

Niklaus Lang, Switzerland

Moderator & Chairman

Niklaus P. Lang is Professor Emeritus, University of Berne, Switzerland (Chairman 1980-2008) and was Professor of Implant Dentistry at The University of Hong Kong from 2008-2012. He received his Dr. med. dent. from the University of Berne in 1970 and a Master of Science in Periodontics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 1975. He was awarded the PhD title in 1978 from the University of Berne. He holds several honorary doctorates (University of Athens, Greece, 1989; University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1994; University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 1997; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011). Moreover, he was Honorary Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark (2006-2011) and still is Honorary Professor at The University of Hong Kong (2013-), University College London (2012-), and the University of Zürich (2013-). He held numerous Guest Professor positions (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2008; National University of Singapore, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2013; University of Michigan, USA, 2005; University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2000; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 1999/2000; University of Aarhus, Denmark, 1994; The University of Hong Kong, 1994; University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, USA 1986; Professor Extraordinario, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 1980). He published over 730 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and several textbooks (h-Index: 111). He held over 3500 lectures in 5 continents. He was Editor-in-chief of Clinical Oral Implants Research (1990-2016).

Andrea Mombelli, Switzerland

Andrea Mombelli graduated from the University of Bern, School of Dental Medicine and completed his post-graduate studies reaching the status of Private Docent in 1992. He has a Swiss Federal diploma in dentistry (D.D.S.), a Doctorate in dentistry (Dr. med. dent.) and is a Swiss board-certified periodontist.

Andrea Mombelli was professor and director of the Division of Periodontology at the Clinic of Dental Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland (1999-2019). From 2001 to 2005 he served as president of the Dental Section of the Faculty of Medicine, and from 2005 to 2011 he was associate vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Earlier he held the position of Head of the Laboratory for Oral Microbiology at the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Bern, Switzerland (1992-1999). He is former president of the Swiss Society of Periodontology (1992-1996 and 2004-2008).

He and his colleagues have been pioneers in studies on the diagnosis, etiology and therapy of peri-implantitis. He has conducted multiple clinical trials evaluating antimicrobial protocols to optimise the treatment of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.

Dr. Mombelli has received several awards and honorary memberships of various societies of periodontology and implantology. In 2019 he received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease and in 2020 the Distinguished Scientist Award of the EFP.

Andreas Stavropoulos, Switzerland

After having completed his dental technology education, Andrea Stavropoulos studied dentistry in Heidelberg, Germany, Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece. After a few years of work in private practice limited to periodontics and implant dentistry, he joined the Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, Aarhus University, Denmark, where he received his postgraduate training. Andreas Stavropoulos received his Ph.D. in 2002 and his Dr. Odont. degree in 2011 from Aarhus University, based on studies on guided tissue regeneration and bone substitute materials for the treatment of advanced periodontal defects. Andreas Stavropoulos has also performed preclinical and clinical studies on the use of bone biomaterials in association with dental implants. In 2012, Andreas Stavropoulos joined Malmö University as the Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontology. Andreas Stavropoulos has received several awards for his research, including the Anthony Rizzo Young Investigator Award from the Periodontal Research Group (PRG) of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) in2006 and the 1st Basic Research Prize of the European Association of Osseointegration in 2011. Andreas Stavropoulos has authored several publications in international peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and he is member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Clinical Oral Implants Research, and Quintessence International, and serves as adhoc reviewer for several other scientific journals. Andreas Stavropoulos is a member of the European Federation of Periodontology, the European Association of Osseointegration, the International Team for Implantology, and he is currently the Secretary of the PRG of IADR.


Anton Sculean, Switzerland

Anton Sculean is professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontology and currently the Executive Director of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Berne, Switzerland. He qualified in 1990 at the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and has received his postgraduate training at the Universities Münster, Germany and Royal Dental College Aarhus, Denmark. He received his Habilitation (Ph.D.) at the University of Saarland, Homburg, Germany. From 2004 to 2008 he was appointed as Head of the Department of Periodontology and Program Director of the EFP accredited postgraduate program at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In December 2008, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontology of the University of Bern, Switzerland. He received honorary doctorates (Dr. h.c.) from the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and from the Victor Babes University in Timisoara, Romania and has authored more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 30 chapters in periodontal textbooks and has delivered more than 450 lectures at national and international meetings. Antonr Sculean serves on the editorial board of more than 12 dental journals.  

Professor Sculean also served as president for several societies and associations (e.g. EFP and IAP), He is a board member of the Osteology Foundation and member of the Workshop Committee of the EFP. His research interests focus on periodontal wound healing, regenerative and plastic-aesthetic periodontal therapy, use of antibiotics, antiseptics and novel approaches such as lasers and photodynamic therapy in the treatment of periodontal and peri-implant infections.

Claudio Pannuti, Brazil

Cláudio Pannuti received his dental degree at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil in 1993. He completed his periodontics training and master’s at the University of São Paulo in 1999, and received his PhD in Periodontics in 2001, at the same university. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil and the Coordinator of the Post-Graduate Program of the School of Dentistry of the same university. He has experience in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Clinical Trials and Systematic Reviews. His research interests include risk factors for periodontal and peri-implant disease, special patients and use of antibiotics and antiseptics in the treatment of periodontal and peri-implant disease. Some of his current projects are "Effects of smoking cessation on periodontal and peri-implant tissues" and "Efficacy of antibiotics and antiseptics in the treatment of periodontal diseases". He has published more than 180 scientific articles and book chapters in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.

Daniel Thoma, Switzerland

Daniel Thoma is the Head of Reconstructive Dentistry and Vice-Chairman at the Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He graduated in 2000 at the University of Basel, Switzerland and was trained in implant dentistry and prosthodontics at the Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Thoma was the recipient of an ITI scholarship and spent 1 year at the Department of Periodontics, University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a full-time Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2016, Dr. Thoma was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Periodontology, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Since 2020, Dr. Thoma is an Adjunct Professor and serves as the Head of Reconstructive Dentistry. His focus is on the comprehensive treatment of complex, partially edentulous patients applying all available options of reconstructive dentistry including dental implants. His main scientific interest is related to hard and soft tissue regeneration. He has published numerous scientific and clinical articles in these fields. Dr. Thoma is a member of Osteology Expert Council.

Dieter Bosshardt, Switzerland

Dieter Bosshardt is Head of the Robert K. Schenk Laboratory of Oral Histology at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern. His main scientific interests are in the fields of tooth development, in particular cementogenesis, periodontal tissue regeneration, bone regeneration, and healing events associated with dental implants and other biomaterials such as bone substitute materials and barrier membranes. He is author and co-author of more than 140 original articles, review articles, case reports, and book chapters. He is a member of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), the International Team for Implantology (ITI) and the Osteology Research Academy (ORA).



Florian Thieringer, Switzerland

Florian M. Thieringer is currently Assistant Medical Director for CMF Surgery at the Department of Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. He is also the Head of the Medical Additive Manufacturing research group (MAM) at the University of Basel’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and Co-Director of the new transdisciplinary 3D Print Lab at the University Hospital. After graduation with double degree at the TU Munich and LMU Munich in Germany he accomplished his specialist training in Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery in Basel/Switzerland. Additionally, he completed a master’s programme in Health Business Administration (MHBA) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. His main interests include computer assisted surgery and medical additive manufacturing for craniofacial deformity and trauma, tumour surgery and reconstruction, oral implants and training in CMF-Surgery.


Frank Schwarz, Germany

From 1999 until 2002, Frank Schwarz has worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontology at the University Homburg as well as in the Dep. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Ludwig Maximilians University, München. In 2002 he moved to the Department of Oral Surgery at the Heinrich Heine University, where he became Associate Professor in 2006 and Clinical Professor in 2010. Frank Schwarz has a special degree in Oral Surgery and Oral Implantology. He received several appointment offers, such as Director in Implant Dentistry at the New York University (NYU), Professor in Implant Dentistry at The Hong Kong University, or as Clinical Professor in Oral Surgery at the University of Leeds. In 2013 he became Honorary Professor at the Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (School of Dentistry and Oral Health) and in 2015, he was appointed as Full Professor in Oral Medicine and Peri-implant Infections at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Since February 2018, he is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral Surgery and Implantology at the Centre for Dentistry and Oral Medicine (Carolinum), Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany.

He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and Editorial Board Member for Clinical Oral Implants Research. He is the Past President of the German Association of Oral Implantology (DGI), an Executive Board Member of the Osteology Foundation and was awarded the André Schröder Research Prize in 2007, the Miller Research Prize in 2012 and the Jan Lindhe Award in 2017.

Gisela Müller, Switzerland

Gisela Müller received her master’s degree in Zoology at the University of Zurich. After a further education, she became a teacher for Biology and Mathematics in an upper school. From 2010 – 2011 she worked as a Study Coordinator in an oncological clinic before she changed to the Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry, University of Zurich, as a Study Manager.





Hendrik Terheyden, Germany

Hendrik Terheyden is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Red Cross Hospital, Kassel, Germany. After his dental and medical education at the University of Kiel, he specialised in oral and maxillofacial surgery and plastic operations at the University Hospital of Kiel, where he worked as vice director until 2007. His academic teachers were Prof. Dr. Dr. F. Härle and Prof. Dr. Dr. J. Wiltfang.

His clinical and scientific focus is on bone regeneration in dental implant preprosthetic surgery and reconstructive surgery in oncology. He published more than 300 scientific papers, including several on the application of recombinant BMP for pre-fabrication of mandibles. Prof. Terheyden is past president of the German Association of Dental Implantology (DGI) and of the German Association or Oral Surgery (AGOKi). Currently he serves as a board member in the International Academy of Facial and Oral Rehabilitation (IAOFR) and Strasbourg Osteosynthesis Research Group (SORG). He is editor in chief of the International Journal of Implant Dentistry (IJID) and section editor for implantology of the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (IJOMS).

Mariano Sanz, Spain

Mariano Sanz received his MD degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1981. He is specialist in Stomatology from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (1983) and then completed his graduate training in Periodontology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 1987). Additionally, he is Doctor in Medicine (PhD, 1993) from the University Complutense of Madrid and has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the Universities, San Sebastian (Chile, 2010), Gothenburg (Sweden, 2015), Coimbra (Portugal, 2016) and the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He is Professor of Periodontology and Director of the Graduate Program “Master in Periodontology” also at the University Complutense of Madrid. He is Professor Type II from the University of Oslo (Norway). He is the Past-President of the Osteology Foundation and the Chairman of the EFP Workshop Committee. Prof. Sanz is the Director of the ETEP Research Group, comprising more than 30 researchers and scholars. He has published more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters in Periodontology, Implant Dentistry and Dental Education. He is Associate Editor of the Scientific Journals Evidence- Based Dental Practice and Journal of Clinical Periodontology and is a member of the Editorial Committee of more than 10 scientific journals. Professor Sanz participates extensively in international lectures, courses and seminars in Periodontology, Implant Dentistry and Dental Education.

Maurício Araújo, Brazil

Maurício Araújo is a Periodontist working both in private practice in Rio de Janeiro and at The State University of Maringa, Parana, Brazil. He completed his PhD at The University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 1998. He is the Head of the Perio/Implant Research Unit, State University of Maringá. He has together with his co-workers published groundbreaking research in the fields of ridge alterations following tooth extraction, ridge preservation, bone formation in extraction sockets and immediate implant placement. He is honorary Osteology Foundation board member, ITI Fellow, former ITI Chairman in Brazil and ITI Research board member. He is member of the editorial board of several journals.


Michael Bornstein, Switzerland

Michael Bornstein has been appointed in January 2020 as professor and chair of the Department of Oral Health & Medicine at the University Center for Dental Medicine Basel (UZB) of the University of Basel, Switzerland. Since April 2020 he is also head of "research" and member of the executive board at the UZB.

He obtained his dental degree (1998) and thesis (Dr. med. dent., 2001) at the University of Basel. He continued with a specialisation in oral surgery and stomatology in Basel (1998-1999, Prof. Dr. Dr. J. Th. Lambrecht) and Bern (2000-2002, Prof. Dr. D. Buser). In 2004, he was visiting assistant professor at the Department of Periodontics (Prof. Dr. D. Cochran) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA, with a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. From 2007-2014 he was head of the Section of Dental Radiology and Stomatology, University of Bern. In 2009, he obtained the Habilitation (Privatdozent / PhD) and in 2014 he became Associate Professor in the field of „Oral Surgery and Stomatology“.

From 2016-2019 he has been Clinical Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. In December 2018 he has been appointed as Associate Dean of "Research and Innovation" of the Faculty of Dentistry. He currently is a Visiting Professor at the OMFS-IMPATH Research Group, Department of Imaging and Pathology, University of Leuven, Belgium, and since January 2020 a Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong.

His fields of research include cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in clinical dental practice, diagnostic imaging, stomatology/oral medicine, GBR procedures and dental implants. He has published over 170 original articles and is the author / co-author of numerous case reports, review articles, and book chapters.

Ronald Jung, Switzerland

Ronald Jung is trained in oral surgery, prosthodontics and implant therapy. He is currently Head of the Division of Implantology and Vice Chairman of the Centre of Dental Medicine of the University of Zurich Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science. In 2006 he was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, USA (Chairman: Prof. Dr. D. Cochran). In 2008 he finalized his habilitation (venia legendi) in dental medicine and was appointed to the University of Zurich. In 2011 he was awarded his PhD degree by the University of Amsterdam, ACTA dental school, in the Netherlands. In 2013 he was a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, USA. In 2015 he was promoted to full Professor for implantology at the University of Zurich.

He is an accomplished and internationally renowned lecturer and researcher, best known for his work in the field of hard and soft tissue management and his research on new technologies in implant dentistry.

Sašo Ivanovski, Australia

Sašo Ivanovski graduated with BDSc (Honours) from the University of Queensland Dental School in 1993. He subsequently completed a BDentSt research degree in 1995, following which he was awarded a National Health and Medical Research (NH&MRC) postgraduate scholarship and completed a PhD in 2000. This was followed by specialist training leading to the award of an MDSc in Periodontology in 2002. Sašo was a NH&MRC postdoctoral fellow and a Senior Lecturer in Periodontology at the University of Queensland from 2003 to 2006. During this period, he was awarded a fellowship by the International Team for Implantology (ITI) and spent a year as a clinical fellow at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. In 2006, Sašo was appointed the inaugural Chair and Professor of Periodontology at the Griffith University School of Dentistry and Oral Health where he leads the specialist training program in periodontology. He currently combines this position with his part time specialist practice in periodontics and surgical implant dentistry.  Sašo is a fellow of the International Team of Implantology (ITI), the immediate past federal president of the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS), and a past president of the state branches of the AOS and Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP). Sašo has published over 160 articles in  peer-reviewed international literature, has lectured nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards. He leads an internationally recognised research group with an interest in the biological aspects of osseointegration and periodontal regeneration.