Athens symposium explores new approaches to treatment of periodontal disease
Presentation by Prof William Giannobile at the symposium
The Hellenic Society of Periodontology’s 12th Symposium of Periodontology took place in Athens on May 20 to 22, devoted to the theme “From the treatment of periodontal disease to the treatment of the periodontal patient.”
Organisers said the event, held at the Aegli Convention Centre, was a huge success, with 250 participants from both the host society and the Turkish Society of Periodontology.
A wide-ranging scientific programme covered topics including new developments in diagnosis and treatment in periodontology and implantology, with a special emphasis on the use of biological agents and stem cells. The programme was put together by the organising committee and the scientific chairmen, William Giannobile (University of Michigan School of Dentistry) and Guilio Rasperini (University of Milan).
The event began on the morning of Friday May 20 with a lecture by Dimitrios Pantermalis, president of the board of the Acropolis Museum, on the museum’s application of digital technology. After this, Bruno Loos (Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam) gave a presentation on genetics and microbiological interactions in periodontal therapy.
In the afternoon, Prof Giannobile talked about personalised medicine in periodontology and the use of patient stratification to optimise treatment planning, while Filippo Graziani (University of Pisa) discussed patient-based therapy outcomes.
On Saturday May 21, Giannobile talked about periodontal bioengineering around teeth and implants, Leonardo Trombelli (University of Ferrara) discussed simplified procedures for periodontal regeneration, and Prof Rasperini gave a presentation on advanced regenerative procedures.
The following day, Rasperini spoke about orthodontics and periodontics, and Giorgio Pagni (University of Milan) gave two presentations, on patient-based implant treatment planning and on cell therapy for periodontal and bone regeneration.
The symposium concluded with a lecture on new treatment strategies based on bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (BM-MSC), given by Danae Apatzidou and Athina Bakopoulou from the School of Dentistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
"It was a very successful event and we were pleased with the high level of attendance and the quality of the presentations," said Petros Damoulis, president of the Hellenic Society of Periodontology.