Continuous learning in a pleasant atmosphere

The course on “Research Design and Methodology” first held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was chaired by Prof. William Giannobile, Prof. Myron Nevins and Dr. David Kim and realised in collaboration with the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine . This 3.5 day format hosted 27 participants from 14 countries and featured classroom sessions ranging from regenerative medicine and tissue engineering to the translation of innovative ideas to clinical trials and practice.

Renowned speakers such as Prof. Polverini elaborated further on topics like precision medicine and its impact on treatment modalities in oral health. Methodological aspects on oral immunology and mechanisms of implant osseointegration as well as workshops on bone histology, imaging and molecular techniques completed the comprehensive programme. Enthusiastic participants with diverse backgrounds challenged the speakers with tricky questions and remarks. A remarkable highlight was certainly the career seminar of the University of Michigan Alumnus Prof. Niklaus Lang, in which he gave personal insights into his outstanding career in periodontology. This inspiring talk was well-received by both the course participants as well as by current residents of the School of Dentistry. To pay tribute to the great career and achievements to the field of periodontology, the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry honored first Niklaus P. Lang with the distinguished periodontics alumnus award. In the future the Niklaus P. Lang Distinguished Michigan Periodontics Alumni Award will be awarded every third year to an alumnus of the University of Michigan graduate programme in periodontics, who has demonstrated distinguished accomplishment in the art and science of periodontology.

Altogether, this highly interactive and international course provided a solid overview of regenerative dentistry and fostered excellent networking opportunities among participants and speakers.