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FOR welcomes new leadership

by: Carolyn Moncel

As the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR) enters its first full year of operation, a globally renowned and respected surgeon, scientist and educator prepares to take the reins of leadership: Prof. Friedrich W. Neukam.

Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR)

FOR welcomes Professor Friedrich Neukam from Germany as the new ad interim Chair of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. Elected in July 2014 during the annual Board of Trustees Meeting in Marina Del Rey, California, Neukam also serves as the Chairman of the FOR DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) Council. 

In addition to his duties within FOR, the new Chair of the Board of Trustees is a maxillo-facial surgeon, often lecturing on such diverse topics as tumors and pre-prosthetic surgeries, cleft lip and palate reconstructions, implantology and bone augmentation. 

Stepping into the future

“It has been my great pleasure to be a part of the FOR Board of Trustees since its inception,” says Professor Neukam. 

“The professional, cultural and geographical diversity among participants—along with our shared commitment in staying at the forefront of advanced patient care—is what propels this foundation forward. We look forward to continuing a fruitful working collaboration among our local councils and committees.”

A former president of the German Society of Implantology (DGI), former secretary general of the European Association of Osseointegration (EAO), and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Neukam has received degrees from both the universities of Mainz and Hanover in Germany. 

Since 1995, he has served as the director of the Clinic for Maxillo-Facial Surgery at the University Hospital in Erlangen-Nuremberg. 

New Executive Director

Lending support to FOR’s daily operations, Ursula Stocker joins FOR as the new Executive Director, FOR Center. 

In her new role, Ursula will work closely with the FOR Board of Trustees, the local FOR councils, sponsors and international experts on shaping and executing the global activities of FOR in the areas of Education, Science and Humanity. 

On new frontiers

FOR continues its expansion with the launch of three new local chapters: DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), North America and Japan. 

 The premiere meeting in Munich, Germany, featured over 50 speakers from ten different countries and offered more than 600 dental clinicians, fellows and scholars the opportunity to network and improve their skills via hands-on courses and master classes taught by some of the dental world’s most renowned experts. 

Event highlights also included a forum dedicated to young and upcoming speakers (the “Interactive FORum”) as well as an impressive evening event—a tour of the iconic car collection in the BMW Welt museum.

In July 2014, FOR motored into North America and welcomed more new fellows to its online network. The chapter launch, held in concert with a four-day symposium, treated attendees to master sessions featuring Dr. Sascha Jovanovic on soft tissue management, Dr. Chandur Wadhwani on peri-implantitis and Dr. Yoshihiro Goto’s heartfelt presentation on amelogenesis imperfecta. During each session, Drs. Jay Malmquist, Charles Goodacre, David Gelb, and Bill Becker served as moderators for panel discussions and fielded questions supplied by the audience via social media links. 

As the latest chapter in the Asia- Pacific region, FOR Japan launched in Tokyo during an energizing three-day Symposium in September. 

Participants benefited from a master class featuring Dr. Eric Rompen on soft tissue management and esthetics, as well as hands-on training with Dr. Iñaki Gamborena on immediate implant loading. 

Other notable topics included “Diagnostics, Treatment Planning and Patient Communication” with Drs. Peter Wöhrle and Kenji Higuchi, and “Failing Dentition and the Transition to Edentulism” with Dr. Paulo Malo. 

FOR Japan’s launch signals another step towards providing regional fellows and experts with new opportunities in which to showcase their research and network within the local dental community. 

FOR symposium in China

In keeping with FOR’s commitment to education, FOR China held a symposium in Guangzhou in November. The third Symposium in China since FOR’s founding in 2013, this latest event focused on “Immediate Placement and Esthetic Restoration.”

Complementary access for dental students

Dental students interested in accessing FOR’s network may now take advantage of innovative educational offerings at no cost for one full year. 

Via the foundation’s newly refreshed website, dental students can gain access to content from some of the world’s most renowned dental clinicians. For more information on registration, please visit: FOR.org/en/signup.

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