ICP Presidential Message
In the life cycle of the ICP, the dawning of a new odd (2017) year heralds the year of a Biennial Scientific Meeting. Your team comprising the Co-Presidents, Scientific Program Chairs, related Committees and RES are working diligently to place all of the essential pieces together as the ICP heads toward the 17th International ICP Biennial Meeting to be held in Santiago, Chile.
This is the first occasion the ICP has held a scientific meeting in South America. Santiago is the capital of Chile nestled in the country’s central valley at an elevation of 520m and within the embrace of the Andes. Santiago is a modern city with a charming history dating back to its foundation in 1541. In addition to the high value scientific meeting, there is much to see and do in and around Santiago as well as it being the gateway to this beautiful country. Plan your tour now!
The digital revolution is imposing considerable change within the entire health professions and the specialty of prosthodontics is not immune. Digital diagnostic protocols, digital surgical and restorative treatment protocols combined with CAD/CAM technologies has made it much easier for dental health professionals to provide more complex, invasive and irreversible prosthetic interventions. Access to these technologies has no restriction and is easily accessed by dental practitioners from the entire spectrum of training and experience. The scientific program committee considered it important to address this speed of information transfer with a focus on a core ethical health criteria of providing the simplest and the least invasive treatment intervention aimed at meeting a patient’s needs. The conference theme of “Less is More” was adopted to address this issue.
The ICP conference will be held in conjunction with the Sociedad de Protesis y Rehabilitacion Oral de Chile (SPROCh). The scientific program committee headed by Drs Dean Morton and Eugenio Neito Grez has assembled a comprehensive field of national and international presenters that promises an outstanding program and learning experience. A list of presenters and topics will progressively be updated on the ICP website (www.icp-org.com) as well as email and mail information that will be coming your way as September 2017 approaches. Another tradition of ICP meetings is the fostering of international fellowship and the promise of engaging social outings and fun activities. This tradition is guaranteed to continue in Santiago.
The ICP has in the past experienced a quieter international scientific presence in the even years. For the first time the ICP is organizing an event in an even year 2018 between the traditional Biennial Scientific congress. The Italian Academy of Prosthetic Dentistry (AIOP) has invited the ICP to participate in a two-day congress on Occlusion, Treatment Planning and Full-Arch on Implants. Research and clinical aspects supporting these topics will be confronted and discussed. The congress will be held in the beautiful seaside resort town of Riccione on the east coast of Italy. All are invited to attend so mark your schedule now to include Riccione for 13-15 April 2018.
We wish all ICP members a happy and prosperous year and look forward to our reunion in Santiago.
Dr. Mario Bresciano and Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick,