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Keynote speakers



Prof Björn Klinge

Professor Björn Klinge received his DDS degree and his PhD/Odont dr degree in Odontology from Lund University in Malmö, Sweden. He is Senior Professor of Periodontology at the Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University and at the Department of Dental Medicine, Division of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. He has been Dean at the Faculty of Odontology at Karolinska Institutet and at Malmö University. He is a licensed Specialist in Periodontology and Scientific Advisor for the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. He is President of the Scandinavian Society of Periodontology, Board Member and past President of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) and past President of the Swedish Periodontal Society. Professor Klinge is Honorary Fellow at the Singapore Dental Hospital, Honorary Professor at Ji-Lin University in China and honorary member of the Swedish Periodontal Society. His research interest and related publications (PubMed) has mainly focused on the oral-systemic link, peri-implantitis and computer guided implant surgery. He has lectured internationally in more than 30 countries. 


Prof. Dr. Giovanni E. Salvi

Prof. Dr.  Giovanni E. Salvi received his license in dental medicine in 1988 from the medical faculty of the University of Bern, Switzerland. In 1990 he received his „Dr. med. dent" degree. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a graduate student in the Department of Periodontology and Fixed Prosthodontics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 1994 to 1997 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. In 1998 he became a board certified periodontist. He has been since 1999 a fellow of the International Team of Implantology (ITI). In 2005 he was appointed teacher of the year in the School of Dental Medicine, Bern, Switzerland. Since 2003 he is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Clinical Periodontology and Clinical Oral Implants Research. In 2006 he was appointed Associate Editor of Clinical Oral Implants Research. In 2010 he was promoted to associate professor. In 2012 he was awarded the honorary membership of the German Society of Periodontology (DGP). He is currently the vice chairman and graduate program director in the department of periodontology at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Dr Jeanie Suvan

Jeanie attained her Dental Hygiene qualification at the University of Alberta, Canada, then furthered her education at the University of Calgary in Applied Science. Following her work in clinical practice and teaching in Canada, she moved to Europe to join the Department of Periodontology at the University of Berne, Switzerland continuing patient care, teaching and research activities.  Over the past 15 years, she has been involved in patient care, teaching and clinical research at UCL Eastman Dental Institute in various areas of periodontology.  During this time she has also completed an MSc Degree from the University of Oxford in Evidence Based Healthcare followed by a PhD in Clinical Dentistry at UCL focused on the association between obesity and periodontitis. She has many years experience as a dental hygienist in posts ranging from general practice, periodontal practice, public health, international teaching, practice consultancy, and research.  She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene as well as an editorial board member of additional journals. 



Invited speakers



Dr Ahmed Saleh

Dr Ahmed Saleh graduated from the School of Dentistry in 2002. He completed the Australian Dental Council registration and moved to Australia in 2008. Ahmed practiced general dentistry for 10 years in a number of practices in both Cairo and Perth before commencing his post-graduate training in Periodontics at UWA. He completed his post-graduate degree and attained his Membership and Fellowship in Periodontics in 2014.

Currently, Ahmed works at a specialist private practice in Duncraig, Perth. He also provides periodontal treatment as a visiting periodontist in Geraldton and Albany. He is also a part-time Clinical tutor at the School of Dentistry at UWA. 

Ahmed is a member of the Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP), the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP) the International Team for Implantology (ITI). His areas of interest include multidisciplinary patient management and implant dentistry. He has recently gained interest in Dental research and has a few publications in the areas periodontology and dental public health.


Clin Prof Bernard Koong

Bernard is a founding partner at Envision Medical Imaging, a multidisciplinary comprehensive private radiology group in Western Australia and also consults internationally. 

He holds a Clinical Professor appointment at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Sydney (USyd). He has a long history of teaching at various universities, including UWA, Usyd, The University of Hong Kong and Griffith University. It included the provision of the radiology course for the Masters Degree programme in implantology developed by Prof Klaus Lang. He also contributes to training the Western Australian radiology registrars of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). 

The only North American qualified oral and maxillofacial radiologist in Australia, Bernard completed his specialist training with the world renowned Professor Michael Pharoah at the University of Toronto, where he was the first oral and maxillofacial radiology (OMR) registrar to win the prestigious Harron Award and Scholarship. It included training at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. 

As an invited speaker, Bernard has presented more than 100 lectures to the dental and medical professions across Australia and also in the USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong (SAR, China) and New Zealand. He was Vice Chairman and member of the Scientific Committee of the 33rd ADA Congress.

Bernard is author of the recently published Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (Wiley-Blackwell 2017). He is also author of the radiology chapter of the 6th edition of Lindhe and Lang's Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Clinical Oral Implant Research journal.


Dr David Grossberg

Dr Grossberg is Specialist Periodontist in Sydney Australia. He obtained his post graduate training in Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a Specialist Clinical Associate in Periodontics at the University of Sydney, Fellow of the International College of Dentists and Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists.

He has a special interest in soft tissue management and treatment of Periodontitis. He has lectured throughout Australia and overseas in the fields of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.


Dr Glen Liddelow

Dr Liddelow completed a Bachelor of Dental Science and a Master of Dental Science from the University of Western Australia and a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) from the University of Sydney. He is a Member and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Dr Liddelow is a prosthodontist primarily concerned with both the surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant dentistry and is the Director for The Branemark Center Perth. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, a consultant prosthodontist at Princess Margaret Hospital and an examiner for the Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists. He is a current faculty member of gIDE (Global Institute for Dental Education, Loma Linda University, California) and a reviewer for the Australian Dental Journal. His research and publications include immediate loading, surface technology, implant aesthetics and treatment of advanced bone resorption.


Dr Graham Carmichael

Graham Carmichael is a Specialist Prosthodontist and a director of The Brånemark Center in West Perth. He graduated from the University of Western Australia School of Dentistry with Honours in 2003 and from the University of Sydney with a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics. He is a Fellow by examination with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Prosthodontics. Graham maintains his Prosthdontic private practice in both the surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant therapy, reconstruction of worn and deteriorated teeth, and cosmetic rehabilitations. He is also a Consultant Prosthodontist in the Craniofacial Unit Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Maxillofacial Department Royal Perth Hospital. He is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, and reviewer for peer reviewed journals.


Dr Jane McCarthy 

In 1984 Dr Jane McCarthy graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor Dental Surgery.  For five years following graduation she worked in general practice in Wodonga Victoria.  In 1989 Jane spent most of the year travelling in Europe and working in the UK. On her return to Australia she took up a lectureship in restorative dentistry at the University of Western Australia for two years in 1990-1991.

Jane then completed a Masters in Periodontics at Melbourne University completing her thesis "DNA probe for Porphyromonas gingivalis in periodontitis patients" under supervisor Prof Eric Reynolds

During 1994-1995 she was at Indiana University as a Postdoctoral fellow and was involved in teaching, implant training and clinical and bone metabolism research.

Since returning to Australia Jane has been in private practice and established Applecross Periodontics in the riverside suburb of Applecross in 1997. Jane has presented numerous times nationally and internationally for UWA, the Diabetes Educators Association, various societies Unconventional Conventions, AOS and the Singapore Orthodontic Society and the ADA.   Her special interests include periodontal disease and diabetes, gingival recession and periodontal plastic surgery techniques and pre-orthodontic surgery.


Dr Janina Christoforou

Dr Christoforou completed her dental degree with honours in 2007 at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and commenced work in full-time private practice. She was awarded her Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in the general dental stream in 2013. 

She later completed her specialisation in Oral Medicine and Oral pathology from the UWA and has a Membership of the RACDS in the specialist stream of Oral Medicine. She has also been awarded Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia. 

Dr Christoforou is currently working as an oral medicine specialist in private practice and she is also a clinical lecturer and honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia. She is a member of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital multidisciplinary Head and Neck cancer clinic. Her special clinical interests include prevention and management of oral cancer and its sequelae, mucosal diseases and orofacial pain.


Dr Karl- Ludwig Ackerman

Dr Karl-Ludwig Ackerman, a dentist and oral surgeon who owns a private practice in Filderstadt, Germany has been active since 1978 as clinician and in clinical science as well as in the field of perio-implant-prosthetic and maxillofacial implantology and has been an Oral Surgeon since 1983, specialised in oral rehabilitation, periodontology, pre-prosthetic surgery, implantology and implant-prosthetic.

He is a lecturer at many universities and regional offices across Germany and the Academy of Practice and Science. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Nippon Dental University Niigata, Japan.

Furthermore, he is a Board Member of the German Society of Implantology, the German Society of Dental, Oral and Craniomandibular Sciences as well as the member of the editorial board of the Journal of Dental Implantology and a Section Editor for Ridge Preservation for the International Journal of Implant Dentistry.

Dr Ackerman is an approved specialist in periodontology of the EDA (European Dental Association) and an author and co-author of numerous publications and articles in the fields of expertise. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Societas Implantologica Bohemica, member of the Study Group for Restorative Dentistry and a referent at the praxis Hochschule Köln.


Prof Lisa Heitz-Mayfield

Professor Heitz-Mayfield received a Masters in Periodontology (1996) and Odont Dr (1998) from Lund University, Sweden. Awarded an ITI scholarship at the University of Berne, Switzerland where she became Head of the Oral Microbiology Research Laboratory, from 1999-2003. Received the André Schroeder Research Prize in Implant Dentistry. Current positions include Adjunct Professor at the International Research Collaborative, The University of Western Australia, University of Notre Dame, Western Australia, Associate Professor at The University of Sydney, and at The University of Hong Kong. Chair of the ITI Research Committee, and member of the ITI Board of Directors. Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Oral Implants Research. Maintains a specialist periodontal practice in Perth, Western Australia.

Dr Michael Danesh-Meyer

Dr Danesh-Meyer completed his Bachelors Degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) and Master of Dental Science (MDS) in Periodontology (with Distinction) from University of Otago, New Zealand. He was a Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Otago and in full-time private practice limited to dental implants and periodontics prior to taking up a position as Clinical Assistant Professor in Periodontology at Temple University in Philadelphia from 1998-2000. He has been involved in preclinical and clinical research involving GTR/GBR, rhBMP-2 & dental implants and authored numerous articles and lectured both nationally and internationally on these subjects. In 2000 he established the Institute of Dental Implants & Periodontics and the Auckland Clinical Training Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Danesh-Meyer is a Member of the Royal Australasian Collage of Dental Surgeons, Member of ITI. He is a faculty member of  gIDE (and is actively involved in teaching periodontics and implant dentistry.


Prof Paul Abbott

Prof. Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. He is a Specialist Endodontist and works in private practice on a part-time basis. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 years in private specialist endodontic practice in Perth and Melbourne. He was Head of the School of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA from 2003-2009. He has presented over 770 lectures and courses in 42 countries. He has published 160 articles in refereed journals and 23 textbook chapters. In 2015, he was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dental Traumatology. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and for service to the dental profession, particularly in education and research. In 2015, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia.


Prof Sašo Ivanovski 

Saso Ivanovski is the Professor of Periodontology at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry where he leads the specialist training program in periodontology. He currently combines this position with his part time specialist practice in periodontics and surgical implant dentistry.  Saso is a Fellow of the International Team of Implantology (ITI) and past federal president of the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS) and the Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP). Saso has published over 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and leads an internationally recognized research group with an interest in oro-dental regeneration, tissue engineering and implantology.


Dr Wendy Gill

Dr Wendy Gill graduated from UWA in 1994 and spent 9 years in general practice before completing her Masters Degree in Periodontology in 2006.  Wendy obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Perio) in the same year and now maintains a specialist periodontal practice in West Perth.  She is a previous president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (WA), a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology, AOS member and member of numerous dental groups.  Wendy co-ordinates a local ITI Study Club and is on the council for the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP).  She lectures locally and nationally on periodontal and dental implant topics.


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