Meeting with new Portuguese President of Republic

May 4, 2016

CNOP (National Council of the Portuguese Professional Orders) was received in audience (April 28th 2016) by the recently elected President of the Portuguese Republic (election held last January), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at his official residence, Palácio de Belém, in Lisbon.

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As CNOP’s President, I would like to express my appreciation for the words that the President addressed to me and to all of the Portuguese Professional Associations, highlighting the important role of liberal professions and qualified professionals regulated by the Professional Associations in Portugal.

The President of the Republic stressed CNOP’s role as a social partner and the need to enhance this position.

All the Presidents of the Professional Associations present had the opportunity to present the President of the Republic their views regarding human resources training in the respective qualified professions and its impact in employability.

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Lastly, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shared his detailed views on the current national and international politics.

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The audience lasted approximately two and a half hours. At the end, CNOP’s President and President of the Portuguese Dental Association, offered the President of Republic, on behalf of CNOP, a case with the pins and logotypes of each of the Professional Orders.


Reelected President of the Portuguese Dental Association

January 15, 2016

On the 9th January the swearing-in ceremony of the new governing bodies of the Portuguese Dental Association, took place, in Lisbon, at Palace Foz.

I am happy to inform that the single candidate list that I submitted, was elected, by general assembly, on the 15th December 2015 for a further four year mandate, with myself as President. Under PDA’s new statutes the governing bodies now have a General Council, composed of 50 members that represent all regions throughout Portugal.

We have new challenges ahead, and new commitments and therefore will be very busy in contributing to the improvement of Oral Health Care in Portugal!

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Sumptuous interior of the XVIII century Palace Foz, revivalist style located at Lisbon downtown.

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From left to right, Paulo Ribeiro de Melo (former secretary general and member of the new General Council), Luís Filipe Correia (president of Ethics Council), Orlando Monteiro da Silva (President/bastonário), Fernando Araújo (secretary of State Assistant and of Health), João Caramês (president of the General Assembly) e Ana Cristina Mano Azul (president of the Fiscal Council).

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The ceremony took place in Lisbon. Was attended by numerous representatives from the Portuguese profissional associations and politicians like Teresa Caeiro, vice president of the Portuguese Parliament, Carlos César, leader of the Socialist Group at the Parliament (Government party), and António Correia de Campos, former Ministry of Health, among other academic, professional and scientific personalities.

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Closing speech.


Portuguese Dental Association Annual Congress

November 20, 2015

The Portuguese Dental Association held its annual congress from the 12 to the 13th November at Meo Arena in Lisbon. The 24th edition of PDA’s congress registered 84 lecturers, 108 posters and 10 730 participants. Expo Dentaria, which is held simultaneously with the congress, boasted 118 companies, representing a total of 390 stands.

These numbers just go to show that this year’s congress was one of the best ever in the history of PDA!

I would like to share with you some of the highlights of this events:

The venue for this year’s congress, situated near the river Tejo, made everything more pleasable:

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The opening ceremony of the congress, with the presence of the former President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio, and the Minister of Health, in functions at the time, Fernando Leal da Costa.

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Jorge Sampaio

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Fernando Leal da Costa

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Orlando Monteiro da Silva

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Opening ceremony audience

The scientific sessions always gathered a significant audience, reflecting the quality and interest of the lectures.

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A look at our Expo-Dentária dental fair:

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See you next year in Porto where the 25th edition of the Portuguese Dental Association Congress will be celebrated!


Honoured by my city. Thank You Porto!

July 12, 2015

“It was with great surprise and an even greater honour that I received the Gold Medal of Merit of my city. A city that is also closely linked to Dental Medicine as it has been the headquarters of the Portuguese Dental Association (PDA), since the foundation, in 1991. Even before that when the Profession was not yet autonomously organized, at those days together with the physicians. I receive it on behalf of all my fellow dentists and of all our collaborators at PDA.” These were my first words. The honour I felt was not only at a personal level, but it was also like a collective feeling of pride in representing the dental medicine profession.

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The Gold Medal of Merit of the Municipality of Porto is awarded to citizens and institutions that have distinguished themselves through personal merit or civic accomplishments.

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Receiving the Gold Medal of Merit by the Municipality of Porto, at the public ceremony held last 9 july.

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The Pergola is one of the iconic images of Porto. A large sidewalk by the Atlantic sea.

Thank you Porto!


Academy of Dentistry International

April 1, 2015

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Friedrich A. Herbst, past executive director of IDM, International Dental Manufacturers, recommended me for fellowship of ADI, Academy Dentistry International. The convocation took place in Cologne, Germany at the 36th International Dental Show 14 March 2015.

“The Academy of Dentistry International is the international honor society for dentists dedicated to sharing knowledge in order to serve the dental-health needs and to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world. Through the development of fellowship and understanding, the Academy endeavors to create opportunities for service in order to assist in the establishment of a world at peace.”

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Back row, left to right: Hans Jürgen Schmitt, Christian Berger, Dusko Gedosev, Mariana Pacurar, me, Günter Dhom, Hassan Shayesteh and Kaveh Seyedan.

Front row, left to right: Tobias Bauer, Ramon Baez, Peter Malata and Gerhard Seeberger. (Photo credits)

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With FDI speaker, Gerhard Seeberger.

Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to state the enormous capacity of Fred Herbst as executive director of IDM.

Fred was responsible in these last 17/18 years for projecting IDM. His executive leadership was also inspiring for me. I had an enormous pleasure in working with him for a few years.

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Fred, all the best for your next endeavours!


Honorary membership of the Spanish Dental Association. ¡Gracias España!

January 20, 2015

I proudly received the nomination “Miembro de Honor” awarded by the Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Odontólogos, y Estomatólogos de España (Spanish Dental Association).

For me, this nomination is particularly important due to the fact that it was decided by all the Spanish representatives regions of the profession.

We share, Portugal and Spain, neighbouring countries, similar approaches in terms of ethics and quality.

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From left to right, Óscar Castro Reino, presidente del Consejo General de Dentistas de España, me and Juan Carlos Llodra Calvo, secretario del Consejo General de Dentistas de España.

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My sincere congratulations to José Font Buxó awarded with “Premio Santa Apolonia 2013” and also to the past president Alfonso Villa Vigil distinguished with “Presidente de Honor”.

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¡Olé!


Back to China!

November 30, 2014

Let me share with you some moments of my presence in Haikou, Hainan Province, China. The Hainan Province is one of the main special economic zones of the Republic of China.

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There the BIT’s 1st Annual International Congress of Dental & Oral Medicine (CODM2014), took place from 13th to 16th November, Organized by BIT Life Sciences.

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The theme of the CODM-2014 was “Bring Beautiful Smile to the Earth”, and aimed at to attracting strategies for managing prevention and control of oral diseases. The congress had several topics such as Oral Biology, Oral Diseases and Therapy, Oral Cancer, and so on.

I was one of the Keynote Speakers of this event, under the theme
Shaping the future of oral health.The moderator was Dr.Shuguo Zhenk, from the Peking University School of Stomatology.

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A statement shared with an audience of international attendees:

“Oral healthcare provision is an important industry which generates a considerable turnover. According to WHO, it is the fourth most expensive disease to treat worldwide. For example, total expenditure for dental care in the United States was estimated at more than 100 billion dollars in 2009, and the market for dental supplies in China alone is due to reach 3.1 billion dollars in 2012, with an 11% annual growth rate.”(FDI Vision 2020).

In parallel, six other events were occurring:
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Four Nobel Prizes in Chemistry participated:
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Group photo:

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I’m sure I’ll come back to continue following closely the “explosion” of dental medicine in China!


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