2017 – a busy year for the EFP, with much more to come
Clockwise from top left: Perio Master Clinic 2017, Perio-Diabetes Workshop, European Gum Health Day, and the EFP executive committee at the Santiago general assembly
This year of 2017 has been a busy time for the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), featuring two major international workshops, the huge success of European Gum Health Day, and the approval of a new strategic plan that will guide the federation’s future.
After the summer holidays, the activity will continue, with the launch of new projects with EFP partners, the crucially important World Perio Workshop on categorising periodontal and peri-implant diseases, and with everyone focusing on preparing for next year’s big event: EuroPerio9 in Amsterdam.
Looking back at what has been achieved so far this year, there are many highlights.
In February, the EFP and the International Diabetes Federation held a joint workshop in Madrid on the links between periodontal diseases and diabetes, bringing together expert scientists to review the latest research and draw up guidelines for action. Among other recommendation, the Perio-Diabetes Workshop said that oral-health education should be provided to all patients with diabetes.
In March, the Perio Master Clinic 2017 took place in Malta, devoted to the topic of ‘Peri-implantis – from aetiology to treatment.’ More than 500 participants (from 56 different countries) made the most of the opportunity to get up to date with the latest scientific findings about peri-implantitis and new approaches to its treatment. Presentations covered such topics as the regeneration of peri-implantitis defects, treatment plans for advanced cases, and how best to prevent peri-implant diseases.
The EFP’s general assembly in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in April approved a new four-year strategic plan along with a package of projects that will shape the federation – and its impact on global healthcare – for years to come. The plan has five focus areas – science and research; policy and influence; improving health and well-being; education and training; communication and awareness.
The general assembly also approved the creation of the European Projects Committee to harmonise major EFP projects and enable the bigger and smaller national societies to work together more effectively.
And it also agreed to set up the European Observatory of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, a repository for evidence-based information and the authoritative body for comment and statements on issues relating to periodontal diseases and implant dentistry. The Observatory, which is chaired by Lior Shapira, deputy chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee, will soon be issuing its first statements as it seeks to increase and improve media coverage of issues related to periodontology.
The Santiago general assembly also welcomed the Azerbaijani Society of Periodontology as the thirtieth member of the EFP.
Gernot Wimmer, who became EFP president at the general assembly, said that his main priority would be to build on the “great legacy” of his predecessors Søren Jepsen and Juan Blanco and “to reinforce the international leadership of the EFP as the global benchmark in periodontal science and practice.”
European Gum Health Day was held on May 12. This awareness day is promoted by the EFP and organised by the national societies that make up the federation. This year, a record 27 of the 30 EFP-affiliated national societies organised events under the slogan “Fighting periodontal disease together.” Activities included free periodontal screenings, the handing out of leaflets in town squares and shopping centres, television and radio interviews, and conferences and university courses about the relationship between periodontal and systemic health.
On the communications front, the EFP has stepped up its social-media activity and continues to publish the respected scientific publication the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP), along with the JCP Digest (now in six European languages), the Perio Insight magazine, the EFP News bulletin, and a monthly email newsletter.
The EFP has recently launched the EFP Alumni project to create a network based around the federation’s accredited programmes in periodontology that are now taught at 17 universities in 10 countries. The main aim of EFP Alumni is to bring together the graduates and teachers of these programmes. A register of alumni is being created and there will be special sessions and social gatherings for members at EFP events such as the EuroPerio congresses and the Perio Master Clinic.
The EFP is also working actively with its partners (Colgate, Dentaid, Johnson & Johnson, Oral-B, and Sunstar) on new projects designed to communicate messages about gum health, as it seeks to embody its strategic vision of “periodontal health for a better life.” Specific projects are due to be unveiled in September.
The EFP is also busy preparing for the World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases in Chicago in November. The workshop, held jointly by the American Academy of Periodontology and the EFP, will bring together 100 of the world’s leading experts in the field to consider a new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases. Its impact is likely to be felt for many years to come.
Preparations are starting for next year’s May 12 periodontal-health awareness day, which will be co-ordinated for the EFP by Xavier Struillou, an elected member of the executive committee.
And, of course, preparations are well under way for the EFP’s triennial congress, with EuroPerio9 in Amsterdam now less than 10 months away.
Registration for EuroPerio9, which takes place at RAI Amsterdam from June 20 to June 23, opens on Monday, September 25 with “early bird” discounts of up to 22 per cent on the regular fee and of up to 38% on late bookings.
Abstracts of presentations for the congress’s research sessions can be presented from September 25 with a deadline of November 28, which is also the deadline for the submission of manuscripts to be considered for the EFP Clinical Research Prize in Periodontology, which is awarded once every three years at the EuroPerio congress.
“Innovation and expertise in an exciting city” is how Michèle Reners, chair of the organising committee, summed up her vision for the congress, whose scientific programme has a high level of interactivity, features greater participation from women and young periodontal professionals, and includes many innovations in the schedule.