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Keynote Speaker


Anton Sculean, D.M.D., Dr. med. Dent., M.S., Ph.D.

Professor Sculean has been a recipient of many research awards, among others the Anthony Rizzo Award of the Periodontal Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and the IADR/Straumann Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine and received honorary doctorates (Dr. h.c.) from the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and from the Victor Babes University in Timisoara, Romania. He has authored more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 16 chapters in periodontal textbooks and has delivered more than 350 lectures at national and international meetings. He is the editor of the book Periodontal Regenerative Therapy published by Quintessence and guest editor of the Periodontology 2000 Issue published in 2015 entitled "Wound Healing in Periodontology and Implantology". 

He serves on the editorial board of more than 12 dental journals, among others Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Clinical Oral Implants Research, Journal of Periodontal Research and Clinical Advances in Periodontics and is Associate Editor of Quintessence International, Clinical Oral Investigations, Section Editor of BMC Oral Health and Editor in Chief of Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry. 

Professor Sculean served from 2009-2010 as president of the Periodontal Research Group of the IADR, is past president of the Swiss Society of Periodontology and President (for the period 2018-2019) of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). His research interests focus on periodontal wound healing, regenerative and plastic-esthetic periodontal therapy, use of antibiotics, antiseptics and novel approaches such as lasers and photodynamic therapy in the treatment of periodontal and peri-implant infections. 

Invited Speakers

Chris  Waalkens    BDS MDS MRACDS FICD

Chris graduated with BDS from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1979. After working in Christchurch hospital and general dental practice he graduated MDS University of Otago (periodontology) with distinction 1984. He has worked in full time specialist private practice in periodontics in Auckland from 1985 until the current time. 

Chris has been actively involved with a number of dental committees. Amongst these he has been: 
Vice President of the NZ Dental Health Foundation 1988 – 1999, President of the Auckland Dental  Association 1995 - 1996,  President of the New Zealand Society of Periodontology 2000 – 2002,
Member of Board of the Division Periodontics, RACDS 2008-2012. President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP)  2010 – 2012.

Chris was elected a Life member of ANZAP in 2018.