Minutes from the Conference in South Africa, grant

l1.jpgWalter Herzog is the President of the International Association, and Kit Vaughan was appointed Chair of this year's 22nd Conference. The Symposium was divided into 2 main sections: biomechanics and biomaterials. The sections were further divided into the following subgroups: movement, pathology and rehabilitation; the ergonomics of movement; the possibilities of bone restorations; bone replacements and dental restorations; the use and application of biomaterials; stress tests, and calculation methods (FEM, the Finite Element Method).

The Czech Republic put forward a presentation by MUDr. Ing. Radek Jirman of the Department of Stomatology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General Teaching Hospital in Prague (VFN Prague) in the section dealing with biomaterials – bone replacements. The topic of the lecture was the fabrication of individual 3D replacements of skeletal defects. The methodology of the design, manufacture, and application of 3D (3-dimensional) replacements was introduced. These specific replacements are manufactured in cooperation with two University facilities of the Department of Stomatology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General Teaching Hospital in Prague (VFN Prague), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Laboratory of Human Biomechanics, and two commercial suppliers from the Czech Republic.

The presentation attracted the attention of the professional public because it was one of the few contributions to describe the interconnection of new trends in basic research with the final application of this knowledge in clinical practice. Cases of skeletal and jaw defects that were successfully operated on and treated thanks to the method of manufacture of the individual 3D replacements were presented.

The conference was on a very high professional and social level. In conclusion, I would like to thank the Czech Dental Chamber for its support for the presentation of the Czech Republic. This project was also created with the support of grant No. 106/07/0023.
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