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February 10, 2011

Penn Dental Medicine Presents Endo Global Symposium

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine recently hosted its third international endodontics symposium – the 2011 Penn Endo Global Symposium: Philosophy and Practice, held January 28 and 29 in Nuremberg, Germany. The event drew approximately 300 attendees from throughout Europe.

Along with Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis Kinane, the presenters included Penn Dental Medicine faculty and alumni of the School’s postdoctoral endodontics program. “The Department of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine has alumni in over 30 countries all over the world,” says Dr. Syngcuk Kim, Chair of the Department of Endodontics and Associate Dean for Global Affairs. “The Penn Endo Global Symposia are our contribution to allow general dentists and endodontists worldwide to gain access to the advanced scientific concepts of Penn Dental Medicine that translate biological principles into daily endodontic practice.”

The January 28 program presentations included Dean Kinane on “Biofilm in Dental Diseases;” Dr. Kim on “Pulp Biology – The Pulp in Health and Inflammation: A Clinical Perspective;” Dr. Martin Trope, Director of Postdoctoral Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine on “Treatment of Apical Periodontitis – Biological Principles of Endodontic Therapy;” Dr. Gilberto Debelian, Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University of Oslo, Norway, on “Revision Instrumentation and Obturation – Clinical Strategies for Microbial Control in Primary Treatment and Retreatment;” and Dr. Markus Blatz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences at Penn Dental Medicine on “Restorative Options for the Endodontically Treated Tooth.”

The second day included a morning presentation by Dr. Kim; Dr. Samuel Kratchman, Associate Clinical Professor of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine; and Dr. Francesco Maggiore of Aschaffenburg, Germany, Visiting Professor at the University of Ancona School of Dental Medicine, Italy, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine, on “Surgical Retreatment: Endodontic Microsurgery – Why, When and How: Etiology and Decision Making and Techniques and Materials.” Concluding the day’s program was Dr. Helmut Walsch of Munich, Germany, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine, speaking on “When is an Implant Better than a Tooth? – Limitations vs. Advances and New Techniques in Endodontics;” and Dr. Frank Setzer, Assistant Postgraduate Program Director of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine on “Revascularization, Tissue Engineering and Pulp Regeneration.”

Penn Dental Medicine launched its global symposia in March 2010 with one in Taipei, Taiwan, March 13 – 14 and one in Seoul, Korea, March 20 – 21. Another endodontics symposium is being planned for winter 2011 in Poland and plans for 2012 are underway for symposia in Japan, Brazil, and China.

“Our future plans are to expand the nature of the symposia to incorporate presenters from the School’s biological science departments in addition to the clinical sciences,” notes Dr. Kim, “which will enable us to spotlight the comprehensive nature of the School’s scholarship across disciplines.”



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