A Lisbon Story: more, much more than a simple congress…

December 11, 2017

The Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, Portuguese Dental Association, 26th Congress took place at Altice Arena on the bank of the River Tagus, from the 16th to the 18th of November.

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Total congress participants – 3.400
Number of scientific presentations – 107
Speakers – 96
Number of entries at Expo-Dentária – 16.600

The FDI President, Dr. Kathryn Kell, kindly accepted OMD’s invitation to participate at our Congress. See her inspiring speech below.

Official opening of Expodentaria Portugal with the presence of the Portuguese Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral.

The Secretary of State Assistant of Health, Fernando Araújo, presided the opening ceremony. It was one of the highest moments of the congress once he announced a proposal for the adoption by our National Health Service of a specific professional career for Portuguese dentists.

During the congress, the ceremony to award specialist titles in orthodontics (7), oral surgery (135),paediatric dentistry (63) and periodontology (55) took place.

More than 900 people attended the ceremony.

Saturday at the end of the day. Group photo of organising committee and volunteers. Mission accomplished. A happy end!


Macao Conference Ambassador

July 10, 2017

Macao is no longer administered by Portugal, but there is still a lot of Portuguese flavour in this Chinese territory. Perhaps these long lasting ties influenced my decision to accept the invitation to be Ambassador of Congresses in Macao.

I received the invitation from the Secretary for Economic Affairs and Finance of the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Dr. Leong Vai Tac, that honoured me greatly. The mission of supporting the promotion of Macao as a privileged destination for holding business events and congresses, and at the same time promoting dental medicine, did not leave me indifferent.

I know this region well, I can see its potential. As the old Macao saying “he who drinks the water from the Lilau fountain, will not leave Macao”, I know well this constant desire to return, to see for myself the development and the growing dimension of Macao. It is a bit of this breathing in Macao that made me accept this invitation.

Macao is infinite in diversity. From the magnificent casinos, to the beaches, to the miscellany of cultures and gastronomy, to monuments, to the frenzy of people who come and go every day from Macao, our arms are not long enough to grasp this whole cultural, economic and Human dimension. Is there another place like this?

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Macau já não é de Portugal, mas ainda há muito sabor português neste território chinês. Talvez por estes laços que teimam perpetuar aceitei o convite para ser Embaixador de Congressos em Macau.

Recebi o convite do Excelentíssimo Secretário para a Economia e Finanças do Governo da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau, Dr. Leong Vai Tac, que muito me honrou. A missão de apoiar a promoção de Macau como destino privilegiado para a realização de eventos empresariais e congressos, e em simultâneo promover a medicina dentária, não me deixou indiferente.

Conheço bem esta região, conheço o seu potencial. Como diz o velho ditado macaense “quem bebe a água da fonte do Lilau, não mais deixará Macau”, sei bem desta vontade constante de querer voltar, de ver o desenvolvimento e a dimensão crescente de Macau. É um pouco deste respirar Macau que me fez aceitar este convite.

Macau tem uma infinita diversidade de ofertas. Desde os magníficos casinos, às praias, a miscelânea de culturas e gastronomia, monumentos, o frenesim de pessoas que todos os dias entram e saem de Macau, enfim os nossos braços são curtos para apanhar todo este movimento, toda esta dimensão cultural, económica e humana. Haverá outro lugar como este?


Thank you to Portuguese Dentistry! 25 Congress Editions of the Portuguese Dental Association

December 20, 2016

From the 10th to the 12th November Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas (Portuguese Dental Association) organized its annual congress, in Porto. This year we celebrated 25 years of congress, a milestone for Portuguese dental medicine. Already a recognized brand!

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Total congress participants – 3 686
Number of scientific presentations – 161
Hands-on courses – 95
Number of entries at Expo-Dentária – 12 404

Since 1992, when the first Portuguese Dental Congresses took place, the affirmation and credibility of dental medicine as a regulated profession increased in Portugal over the years. During those years, Portuguese dentists shared the passionate dedication to dental medicine that made all the difference in the affirmation and growth of this Congress that nowadays is visited by more than 12 thousand participants.

It is always a huge effort, given that the organization is mostly composed by volunteers, but at the end we are filled with an enormous pride and feeling of mission accomplished!

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OMD congress is also an important moment to create closer ties between colleagues from different parts of the world.

As such, we organized a round table discussion concerning “Regulation in Dentistry: Recognition of Professional Qualifications”, where we had as guests/speakers: Andrew I Spielman (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs NYU); Gilbert Bouteille, (President of the National Association of Dental Surgeons in France); Gerhard Seeberger (FDI – World Dental Federation Speaker); Marco Landi (President of the Council of European Dentists); Óscar Castro Reino (President of the Spanish General Dental Council); Cédric Grolleau (Jurist of the National Association of Dental Surgeons in France); Filipa Carvalho Marques (Director of OMD’s Legal Department), and me as OMD President.

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Can health be seen as a common economic activity? It was the main idea and the question that launched the debate.

The opinions of the speakers in this short coverage video:

At the Opening Ceremony we had the presence of the Secretary of State Assistant and of Health, Fernando Araújo and guests from national and international institutions and ambassadors.

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(…) “Even in 1963, the year I was born, Bob Dylan wrote in the chorus of the song that was to become a true anthem, “(…) times are changing …”

They were, of course! Maybe at a more sociologic level, regarding habits and behaviours.

Then, as now, times continue to change…

We are currently experiencing a time of profound changes, levered essentially by globalization, currently in course, the internet and new communication and information technologies, among others.” (…)

See full speech here (pdf)

“For the times they are a-changing” we have to be ready!

The course of dental regulation in Portuguese-speaking countries was also another focus at OMD congress. Challenges faced by dentists of the Portuguese-speaking countries are very different but still very important to share experiences and opinions, in view of the population’s increasing demand for quality oral health care.

Portuguese-speaking Dental Association Forum: Representatives of the profession and industry from Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Portugal.

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In addition to the scientific and social professional programme, Expo-Dentária occurs simultaneously, a dental equipment and material exhibition that boasts more than 12 thousand participants, and is currently the greatest oral health exhibition in Portugal. Expo-Dentária’s official opening was held in the morning with a flash mob for everyone’s surprise.

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As a passionate runner, I highlight the moment when we received the Portuguese Winner Ultrarunner Carlos Sá at our congress. To overcome everyday challenges, we have to be resilient. Do not give up on obstacles. Carlos Sá, winner of the 2013 Badwater Ultramarathon, California (217 km) in 24:38min, is an inspiration.

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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.


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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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!


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!


First Portuguese Oral Health Barometer!

November 27, 2014

The Portuguese Dental Association held its annual congress on the 6th, 7th and 8th November 2014, at Exponor in Porto, Portugal. The twenty-third edition of OMD’s congress had 48 speakers, 115 posters, 3110 attendances, 7250 visitors to Expo-Dentária and 130 companies with 347 booths at Expo-Dentária.

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I would like to share with you some special moments, in special the launch of the first Portuguese Oral Health Barometer and its results.

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See below a short video resuming the conclusions.

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I would like to highlight the conference Dental Medicine in Europe . Aspects of the oral health system from different European realities were shared and debated with the audience.

From left to right: Sara Roda (Council of European Dentists Policy Officer), Alasdair G. Miller (President of the British Dental Association, United Kingdom), Juan Carlos Llodra (Secretary of the Consejo General de Colegios de Odontólogos y Estomatólogos de España, Spain), me as moderator of the conference, Catherine Mojaïsky (Confédération Nationale des Syndicats Dentaires, France), Óscar Castro Reino (President of the Consejo General de Colegios de Odontólogos y Estomatólogos de España, Spain), Filipa Carvalho Marques (Director of the Legal Department of the Portuguese Dental Association).

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Meeting with Portuguese Dental Students Associations and European Dental Students’ Association.

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It is always a huge effort to yearly launch such a congress, given that the Organizing Committee is only composed of volunteers. At the end an enormous pride fills us with a feeling of mission accomplished in contributing to the continuing of education of the oral health team in Portugal.

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Thank You and keep calm, see you in Lisbon, the 12th, 13th, 14th November next year!


Thank You ADA!

October 28, 2014

Honoured with ADA’s tribute I cannot give away the present moment without a feedback to my friends and colleague’s followers of my blog through these last few years.

The ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting took place in San Antonio, Texas, from 9th till 14th October.

Presentation of Honorary Membership at the Meeting of the American Dental Association by ADA President Charles H Norman III

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ADA President Charles H Norman III remarks:

…”As FDI President, he worked collaboratively with the ADA as we jointly sought to ensure the World Health Organization, United Nations and others to promote oral health as a global health priority”… (read more)

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Maxine Feinberg, ADA President-Elect at the ADA Opening Ceremony

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Source: ADA- news –Press Release …” In nominating, Dr. da Silva, then ADA President-Elect Maxine Feinberg underscored how his leadership helped transform FDI, moving the international organization in the “right direction” toward “greater financial security.”

She also addressed his efforts to expand access to care. “He has worked tirelessly to improve the oral health of underserved populations all over the world,” Dr. Feinberg wrote. “His energy is boundless. He should be an inspiration to all.”

My speech
…” My sincere thanks to the Board of Trustees, to the ADA, to those I’ve working with this last years, many of them present in this room!
A special word for my colleagues in Portugal.” (read more)

Addressing to ADA House of Delegates

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The opening general session had as Distinguished Speaker George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Foundation.

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From left to right, Greg Chadwick ADA Past President , Kathryn Kell, FDI Treasurer , Charles H. Norman III, ADA President at the “ADA International Reception”.

San Antonio, Saint Anthony (1195 – 1231) also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order.

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“San Antonio – For whom the City & River are named. Gift of Portugal”

Beautiful San Antonio River…

American Texan Style…