French perio society’s ‘The Pink Matter’ congress puts focus on soft tissues
A session at the well-attended SFPIO congress in Toulouse
The French Society of Periodontology (SFPIO) recently held its annual meeting, a three-day congress devoted to the subject of soft tissues, which featured a strong line-up of speakers and more than 400 attendees.
The event, called “The Pink Matter! Au coeur des tissus mous" [getting to the heart of soft tissue], was held in Toulouse, one of the largest cities in the south of France. The location was an appropriate choice for the subject of the congress, as Toulouse is known as the “pink city” because of the colour of its brick architecture.
The scientific programme for the SFPIO meeting, held from June 8 to 10, was put together by Isabella Rocchietta (scientific president of the meeting) and David Nisand (scientific president of SFPIO). This programme included three plenary sessions with international speakers and five clinical, research, and poster sessions.
In the plenary sessions, Giano Ricci (Florence, Italy) spoke about periodontal treatment today, Daniel Buser and Vivianne Chappuis (both from Bern, Switzerland) addressed the topic of bone augmentation, while Jan Derks (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Jean-Pierre Albouy (Montpelier, France) tackled the topic of peri-implantitis.
“Toulouse was a great meeting and was a success in terms of attendance, science, and image for the SFPIO,” said Virginie Monnet-Corti, the society’s president. She also paid tribute to the “huge work and communicative cheerfulness of the local organising committee under the presidency of Loïc Calvo, which contributed significantly to the success of the congress.”
The meeting was also addressed by Michèle Reners, chair of the organising committee for EuroPerio9, and Caroline Fouque, the EuroPerio9 ambassador to France. The society expects that many French delegates will attend the EuroPerio9 congress in Amsterdam in June 2018.
Before that, it will hold a conference in Paris in January next year, where the speaker will be Prof Pierpaolo (Sandro) Cortellini (Florence, Italy), who will discuss the challenge of preserving teeth with terminal periodontal damage.
Having increased its membership by 11 per cent over the last year to about 1,000, the SFPIO recently qualified as a “big society” within the EFP and thereby automatically became a member of the European Projects Committee, the new body whose role is to design, co-ordinate, and communicate the EFP’s major projects with the 30 national societies that make up the federation.
Dr Monnet-Corti said that, through membership of the committee, “the SFPIO will be able to promote its values and its projects for the future of the EFP.” She noted that the French society was one of the founders of the EFP and that it is “deeply involved, at a national, European, and international level with the evolution of our discipline.”