The XXVIII Congresso Brasiliero de Periodontologia 2019, took place in Rio de Janeiro on 2-4 May 2019. For the second time, the Osteology Foundation joined forces with the Brazilian Society of Periodontology (SOBRAPE) and contributed with a session and a hands-on workshop to the programme to this important periodontology congress in Brazil.
This year’s event, with around 1000 participants, was one of, if not the biggest congress in the history of SOBRAPE. Many renowned national and international speakers were involved in the overall outstanding programme.
The Osteology Session on Friday afternoon, which took place in the main auditorium, was opened by Maurício Araújo, Board Member of the Osteology Foundation. The presentations by Christer Dahlin, Sweden, Márcio Casati, Brazil, and Mariano Sanz, Spain, all had a high number of attendees, and the audience showed great interest in the lectures covering different aspects of oral soft and hard tissue regeneration.
The Osteology hands-on workshop with Christer Dahlin was sold out – there even was a waiting list! The participants lucky enough to obtain a much sought-after seat learned about flap design, material aspects and suturing techniques for ridge preservation procedures using GBR.
Vitor Sapata, one of the chairmen of the National Osteology Group Brasil, which is a novel online-based education initiative, took the opportunity to present this education concept to the audience. It consists of monthly online activities for members, such as webinars and case discussions. There is also an annual meeting as well as practical academies which take place in different areas across Brazil. For this year’s meeting, which will take place in Recife, the Osteology Foundation managed to book Christoph Hämmerle as a speaker, as well as for a hands-on workshop. There will also be a practical academy in Rio de Janeiro as well, with Ronald Jung as the main speaker. Further information can be found on www.brasil.osteology.org.
Honorary Membership for Niklaus Lang
Niklaus Lang, Honorary Board Member of the Osteology Foundation, was also among the speakers with the entire Saturday afternoon session being dedicated to him. He received the honorary SOBRAPE membership, and delivered two lectures afterwards. The large auditorium was full until after 6 pm and he made sure he took plenty of time to discuss with the audience and answer their questions. Even in the breaks as well as after the programme, there were queues of people to take pictures with him and to meet him in person.
Great presence of the Osteology Network
Several other names from the Osteology Board and Expert Council were among the speakers at the congress, such as Anton Sculean, Fabio Vignoletti and Giuseppe Romito. Another one of the Osteology Foundation’s collaborative partners, the Spanish Society for Periodontology (SEPA), was also present and contributed to a session in the programme.
Osteology Research Scholar Vitor Stuani, currently at Havard University in Boston, also attended the congress in his home country, and was awarded for his presentation on the research results obtained during his scholarship year in the USA.
The Osteology Foundation would like to thank the SOBRAPE and the Congress President, Ricardo Guimarães Fischer, as well as the scientific committee for providing such an excellent platform. Special thanks go also to Fabio Vidal Marques and corporate partner Geistlich Pharma do Brasil, who helped with the organisation and logistics of the hands-on workshop, as well as to Vitor Sapata and Ricardo Takyi who supported Christer Dahlin in the workshop and represented the Osteology Foundation at its booth during the exhibition. The Osteology Foundation is already looking forward to the continuation of this collaboration and hopes to be part also of the next congress, which will take place in Salvador in 2021.