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April 17-18, 2015
Santiago, Chile

Mark Bartold, IAP President

President's Message

The IAP was founded in 1985 and since then has evolved into a significant contributor to global periodontics. Over the past 30 years we have seen many significant advances in periodontics which have led to changes in our understanding and approaches to periodontal therapy. A major function of the Academy is to assist in the dissemination of current understanding and concepts in periodontics particularly in regions where periodontics is still a developing field.

The Academy exists for the benefit of its members and to allow for informed dialogue between all interested in the field of periodontics. Accordingly membership is open to individuals and associations involved in periodontology. We encourage membership from all corners of the globe and we believe that working together with our members we can make a difference to the advancement of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the many and varied forms of periodontal disease. Our membership is growing rapidly with members from 37 countries. In addition 11 national periodontal societies have subscribed to Society membership of the IAP.

An organization such as ours can only succeed if the membership is actively engaged. Accordingly I encourage all members to attend our biennial meetings and I look forward to personally welcoming you at our next general meeting scheduled for 2015 in Chile. As soon as the final details are established we will announce the location for this meeting.

In addition to our general meeting in 2015 we have two other special events scheduled. The first will be a regional meeting to be held in Mumbai from January 24-26 2014.

The second meeting is the 2014 IAP Conclave to be held in Bangkok 11-13 April. The primary objective of the Conclave is to set the standard for Periodontal Therapy for the decade. The IAP is inviting 15 international faculty who are accomplished leaders and opinion makers in these key areas of Periodontal Therapy. The conclave will address a total of 5 sections covering a broad range of important periodontal topics. There will be an "Initiator" from among the invited faculty, who being a known expert in the designated subject area, shall present a position paper on the subtopic to the working group. There will also be a "Reactor" who will put forth the areas that have not to be further dealt with and also the aspects that should be further deliberated and the inputs required by the group. One senior "Chairperson/Moderator" will co-ordinate the flow and the will have been presented in the interim plenary session.

Finally I wish to thank Professor Klaus Lang (Immediate Past President) for his stewardship of the Academy of the years 2011-2013. The Academy flourished during his tenure and I hope I can maintain the proud tradiation set by Klaus and all of the previous Presidents of the IAP.

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Information for Authors

Articles for publication will be considered under the following headings: original research, clinical case reports and review articles relevant to all aspects of periodontology and implantology. Articles must be original and may not have been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere, with the exception of presentation at a scientific meeting and publication as an abstract.

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