My journey with the IAP started almost two decades ago when I was introduced to Dr. Tom Van Dyke and immediately became a member of the association. I made my first visit to an IAP program with a poster presentation in 1998 in Seoul, Korea. Since then, it has been a fascinating journey with the IAP. I look back and at times feel overawed that today, I am bestowed with the honour of the post of President of this esteemed organization!
Last year we conducted the first ever IAP Conclave; an enriching and enlightening three days spent with a huge think tank of Periodontists from around the world. All delegates who participated at the Conclave lent their mettle significantly at various levels of this unique deliberation session. The IAP brought about some conclusive statements endorsed by the 100 plus delegates. These will probably pave the pathway to newer findings, research and therapy in the field of Periodontology.
In the two year tenure as President of the IAP, I would like to see the IAP strike up fruitful partnerships and fresh initiatives in addition to the biennial meeting that will take place in year 2017. We have already begun the dialogue with the FDI to renew our partnership for future FDI meetings. We have also initiated a fruitful discussion with IDEMI for future collaboration. I thank our Immediate Past President, Dr. Mark Bartold who opened up the concept of the IDEMI collaboration. I personally will be at the FDI generalassembly in 2015 to sign up our partnership program and will also meet up with the IDEMI representatives to finalize the IAP association with IDEMI.
There is also a strong discussion about collaborating and bringing together a scientific program focussed on “Periodontal Research” and I will strive towards creating this new initiative under the aegis of the IAP. I would also like to invite and encourage more regional IAP programs supported by the IAP. I am personally looking at the possibility of a strong regional program in India in 2016.
I thank all the IAP Board members, and past presidents in all the support when I was the secretary of the IAP and my Presidential journey was initiated. I have to mention Dr.Tom Van Dyke who has always been a guiding light for me in the IAP office. I cannot possibly complete this note withoutmentioning my mentor and guru Dr. Klaus Lang who has been my inspiration at all points in my professional career as a Periodontist.
I wish the greatest of success and exponential growth to the IAP.
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