Ramfjord Symposium


New Pricing Announced!! Attend the Ramfjord Symposium with Early Bird pricing until May 15, 2018.

Abstract submission now closed. Please submit your poster powerpoint by May 30, 2018.


University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Continuing Dental Education
1011 North University Avenue - Room G508
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1078
Phone: 734.763.5070
FAX: 734.936.3065
Email: cde.umich@umich.edu

For questions about registration or the Symposium program:
Karel Barton (karel@umich.edu)
Department of Continuing Dental Education

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry would like to gratefully acknowledge the unrestricted educational grants from the following sponsors:


The 12th Ramfjord Symposium is a tribute to Dr. Sigurd Ramfjord and his contributions to the field of periodontics. The program brings together internationally renowned speakers who have expertise in long-term periodontal care and emerging scientifically-based treatments. It provides a comprehensive insight into critical issues involved in delivering ideal treatment for clinical practice.

This year, symposium Scientific Chairs Dr. William Giannobile and Dr. Hom-Lay Wang will preside over lectures and a poster session on the topic of Technology and Digital Revolution for Periodontal and Implant Therapy.

On Thursday afternoon, presymposium lectures, a reception, and poster session will be held on the 4th floor of the Rackham Building without a registration fee.

Social events include a special Friday night reception that will be held at the new University of Michigan Golf Course’s Richard Postma Family Clubhouse.

Early Bird Fee: $415
After May 15th: $495

Early Bird Fee: $195
After May 15th: $275

Note: All attendees receive 13 CEU credits

Dr. Sigurd Ramfjord

Sigurd P. Ramfjord, a pioneer in treatment of periodontal disease, was born in 1909 in Kolvereid, Norway. He received his dental education at the Oslo University School of Dentistry in 1934 and subsequently practiced dentistry in Norway for 12 years before coming to the University of Michigan in 1946 for graduate work.

He earned a master's degree in periodontics in 1948 and a Ph.D. in oral pathology in 1951. By 1963, he not only had joined U-M faculty but also served as chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine – a position he continued to hold until 1981.

He is credited with performing the first long-range study of various techniques of periodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with gums and other structures that support teeth. He followed a group of patients for more than 10 years, bringing scientific comparison data to the field.

The dental education program Ramfjord developed over the years known as "the Michigan Concept" has been emulated around the world. He organized the first World Workshop on Periodontics in 1966, where scientific goals for the field of periodontology were established.

A prolific writer, Ramfjord authored two textbooks and more than 90 publications. In recognition of his worldwide influence, he received a number of honors and awards over the course of his career, including the Gold Medal Award in 1973 from the American Academy of Periodontology.

In recognition of his more than 20 years of consultant work with the World Health Organization, he was awarded an honorary doctor of dental medicine degree by the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1978, and an honorary doctor of odontology degree by the University of Gotenborg, Sweden, in 1979. The University of Michigan honored him with its Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1979

Apart from his many other achievements, Ramfjord was active in many dental organizations. He served as president of the American Academy of Periodontology and also served as director and chairman of the American Board of Periodontology. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Oral Pathology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.


FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

Symposium - Day 1
Rackham Auditorium, Ground Floor
8:30am - 10:00am Dr. Daniel Buser 

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Digital Advancement in Implant Dentistry
10:00am - 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am - 12:00pm Dr. George Mandelaris
Digital Revolution in Periodontal & Implant Treatment
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30pm - 3:00pm Dr. Akira Aoki
What’s New in Dental Laser Therapy? - Er: YAG Laser in Periodontics and Peri- Implant Therapy?
3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30pm - 5:00pm Dr. Homa Zadeh
Advances in Immediate Implant Placement & Temporization
6:00pm - 7:30pm Reception at Michigan Golf Course


Symposium - Day 2
Rackham Auditorium, Ground Floor
8:30am - 10:00am Hot Topic, Part I
Dr. Giovanni Zucchelli
Treatment & Prevention of Esthetic Failure Around Implants
10:00am - 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am - 12:00pm Hot Topic, Part II
Dr. Giovanni Zucchelli
Treatment & Prevention of Esthetic Failure Around Implants
12:00pm Meeting Adjourn


Dr. Akira Aoki, DDS, PhD

Dr. Aoki received his DDS degree from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan in 1989. He was awarded a PhD in 1996 and currently works as Junior Associate Professor at the Department of Periodontology, TMDU. He has been engaged in Er:YAG laser research since 1991. Dr. Aoki received the “Best Presentation Award” from the International Society for Lasers in Dentistry (ISLD) in 1992 and 1998, the “T. H. Maimann Award” from the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), USA in 2001, and the “Scientific Award” from the Japanese Society of Periodontology (JSP) in 2013 for excellence in Er:YAG laser research in dentistry. From 2003 to 2004, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF, USA. He contributes to ALD (Science & Research Committee Consultant) and World Federation of Laser Dentistry (WFLD) (Asian Pacific Division Committee Member).

Dr Véronique Benhamou, DDS

Dr Benhamou received a B.Sc. and D.D.S. degree from McGill University. She obtained her degree in periodontology and implant surgery in 1989 from the Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry in Boston. Dr Benhamou was Past Director of the Division of Periodontics of McGill University dental School. Currently, she remains an Associate Professor teaching in two multidisciplinary residency programs. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Manitoba in the periodontology program. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and Fellow and Speaker of the ITI and a member of numerous professional organizations. Her private practice is in downtown Montreal.

Dr. Daniel Buser, DDS 

Dr. Daniel Buser is Professor and Chairman at the Department of Oral Surgery at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He spent 3 sabbaticals at Harvard University in Boston (1989-91), at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas (1995), and at the University of Melbourne (2007/08). He served as President of various academic associations including the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) in 1996/97, the Swiss Society of Oral Implantology (SSOI) in 1999-2002, the Swiss Society of Oral Surgery and Stomatology (SSOS) in 2002-07, and ITI in 2009-2013. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Osteology Foundation (2004-), and serves as President of the Swiss Implant Foundation (2007-). He received several scientific awards by professional organizations such as the ITI, the AO, the AAP and the AAOMS. In 2011, he received an Honorary Professorship by the University of Buenos Aires, and in 2013 the Brånemark Osseointegration Award by the Osseointegration Foundation/Academy of Osseointegration. His main research areas are in tissue regeneration around dental implants, surface technology and Guided Bone Regeneration. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 publications, case reports and several text books including two GBR books and two ITI Treatment Guides. He widely lectures at national and international conferences.

Nicole Fortune, RDH, MBA

Nicole is a registered dental hygienist who works in a busy periodontal office providing non-surgical and preventive care. Nicole believes the best patient care happens when combining her dental hygiene knowledge with the latest technology. She is a recognized expert in training dental professionals in areas of periodontics, including peri-implantitis. Nicole has delivered multiple educational presentations at national venues such as the Osteology USA symposium, as well as the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, and the University of Vermont Diabetes Research Center, as well as numerous other clubs and professional groups in New England. Nicole holds many certifications including CO2, Diode and Nd:Yag laser certification. She is currently the only dental professional in Vermont who is certified in Perioscopy. Nicole earned her hygiene degree and her BA from the University of Vermont. She also holds a MBA from Champlain College.

Danielle Furgeson, DHSc, BS, MS, RDH

Danielle Furgeson is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and has over 15 years of experience in oral health care. She holds a Doctor of Health Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Her research interests include interprofessional education/collaboration and its impact on health outcomes, clinical techniques/interventions, and patient safety.

Janet Kinney, RDH, MS

Janet Kinney received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1983. Much of Janet’s clinical practice has been in the specialty of periodontics - an area of dentistry she finds both personally and professionally rewarding. For several years Janet practiced overseas in Zurich, Switzerland, returning to the United States in 2004 in order to commence the Master’s Degree Programs at the University of Michigan in both Dental Hygiene and Clinical Research and Statistical Design.

Janet is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Past President of Nu Chapter, Sigma Phi Alpha (Dental Hygiene Honor Society), and Past Secretary of the University of Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Alumnae Association.Janet is a Research Fellow at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research participating in clinical trials. She is currently involved in an investigation for the diagnosis of periodontal disease using microfluidic amounts of oral fluids for the detection of periopathogenic biomarkers. She is also involved in a clinical trial investigating a pharmacologic agent in the relationship of bone regeneration, periodontal disease and osteoporosis.

Dr. George A. Mandelaris, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD

Dr. Mandelaris attended the University of Michigan from undergraduate through dental school. In 1999, he completed a three-year post-graduate residency program in Periodontology at the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry, where he also obtained a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology.

Dr. Mandelaris is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has served as an examiner for Part II (oral examination) of the American Board of Periodontology certification process. He has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry (New Orleans, LA) and currently serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Graduate Periodontics at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry (Chicago, IL). He is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. In 2014, he was one of 52 periodontists worldwide selected to participate in the American Academy of Periodontology’s commissioned Periodontal Regenerative Medicine World Workshop on Emerging Regenerative Approaches for Periodontal Reconstruction. A nationally recognized expert, he was appointed by the American Academy of Periodontology in 2015 to co-chair the best-evidence consensus workshop on the use of CBCT imaging in Periodontics as well as co-author the academy guidelines. Dr. Mandelaris has been a part of the attending medical staff at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Department of Surgery, and Division of Dentistry since 2000.

Anne Miller, RDH, MS

Anne Miller, RDH, MS is a Clinical Education Manager with Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company, working with dental and dental hygiene schools in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia since 2017. Anne received her degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Rhode Island as well as a Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to her role at Hu-Friedy, Anne worked with students as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash College Department of Dental Hygiene. She has practiced dental hygiene for over 30 years in both general and periodontal practices. Anne combines her clinical expertise and knowledge of instrumentation to provide education and service to faculty and students alike.

Dr. Homayoun Zadeh, DDS, PhD

Dr. Homa Zadeh is an internationally renowned periodontist recognized for his clinical and scientific expertise. Dr. Zadeh is a tenured associate professor at the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has previously served as the Chair of Periodontology Section at USC Ostrow School of Dentistry between 2003 to 2006. Dr. Zadeh graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BS degree followed by Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from USC Ostrow School of Dentistry. He completed clinical training in Periodontology, as well as a PhD degree in Immunology, at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine, respectively. Dr. Zadeh has lectured nationally and international at over 30 countries at prestigious conferences on topics ranging from esthetics and minimally invasive periodontal and implant surgery, as well as tissue engineering. Dr. Zadeh directs the Laboratory for Immunoregulation and Tissue Engineering (LITE) at USC, which is a scientific research group dedicated to studying basic mechanisms to regulate bone and tissue regeneration/destruction under health/disease states, as well as conducting clinical trials of dental implant outcomes. Dr. Zadeh directs the USC Comprehensive Surgical & Restorative Implant Training Program. He is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Santa Barbara Ventura Dental Association.

Dr. Giovanni Zucchelli, DDS, PhD

Dr. Giovanni Zucchelli, DDS, PhD graduated in 1988 from the University of Bologna, Italy with a degree in dentistry. In 1999 he was awarded a PhD in Medical Biotechnology form the same university. He is Professor of Periodontology and Implantology at the University of Bologna, Italy since 2000.

Dr. Giovanni Zucchelli received many awards for clinical research in periodontology in Europe and the United States. In 2006 and 2008 was the recipient of the AAP Foundation-E Bud Tarrson Reasearch Award in Oral Plastic Surgery. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and member of the editorial board the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry as well as a peer reviewer in numerous periodontal and implant Journals. Innovator of several soft tissue plastic surgical techniques, Prof Giovanni Zucchelli is also author of more than 100 publications in Pubmed. He was speaker at a major international conferences on periodontology and has taught theoretical and practical courses (with live surgery) in numerous countries. Dr. Zucchelli is the author of the book, ‘Mucogingival Esthetic Surgery’, a best seller from Quintessence Publishing and published in 10 different languages. He is also co-author of two illustrated textbooks on periodontal plastic surgery (Ed. Martina) and of the chapter “Mucogingival Therapy-Periodontal Plastic Surgery” in Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (Lindhe J, Lang NP, Karring T [eds], Wiley-Blackwell.



Suncica Travan, DDS, MS and Darnell Kaigler, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Gustavo Avila
Dr. Pintippa Bunyaratavej
Dr. Jia-Hui Fu
Dr. Kenneth Kornman
Dr. Paulo Mascarenhas
Dr. Alberto Monje
Dr. Giulio Rasperini
Dr. Jeff Wang

Pre Symposium
Rackham, Fourth Floor Amphitheater and Assembly Hall
8:00am - 12:00pm Pre-symposium Workshops
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm - 1:20pm Introduction
Laurie McCauley, Dean
1:20pm - 1:45pm The Future of Periodontics: Quo Vadis?
Dr. Ken Kornman
1:45pm - 2:10pm Modular Bone Augmentation (MBA): New Concept and Tools for Bone and Soft Tissue Regeneration
Dr. Giulio Rasperini
2:10pm - 2:35pm Periodontal and Implant Esthetic Therapy
Dr. Paulo Mascarenhas
2:35pm - 3:00pm The Fate of Alveolar Ridge After Tooth Extraction: A Focus on the Periodontal Phenotype
Dr. Gustavo Avila
3:00pm - 3:20pm Coffee Break
3:20pm - 3:45pm Update on Bone Regeneration
Dr. Jia-Hui Fu
3:45pm - 4:10pm Interdisciplinary Team Approach Practice
Dr. Pintippa Bunyaratavej
4:10pm - 4:35pm Integrated Augmentation & Implant Therapy for Synergized Accelerated Adult Orthodontics
Dr. Jeff Wang
4:35pm - 5:00pm The Quintessence in the Prevention of Peri-Implantitis
Dr. Alberto Monje
5:10pm - 6:30pm Poster Session / Wine and Cheese Reception


All workshops will be held at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop 1 - Esthetic Mucogingival Surgery around Teeth & Implants

Dr. Giovanni Zucchelli

Presenter Biography

Program limited to 50 participants.
Registration fee: $695

Treatment of gingival recession has become an important therapeutic issue due to the increasing number of cosmetic request from patients. Patients aesthetic demand, due to the exposure, during smiling or function, of portions of the root surface, is the main indication for root coverage surgical procedures. Very often the most coronal millimeter/s of the root exposure is the only visible part of the recession when smiling, therefore the presence and/or the persistence after therapy, even of a shallow recession may be an aesthetic problem for the patient. Thus, complete root coverage, up to the cemento-enamel junction, is the goal to be achieved when patient complains about the aesthetic appearance of his/her teeth. New knowledge in soft tissue surgical management permits to achieve esthetic coverage in gingival recession with minimally invasive connective tissue grafts. Furthermore, the recession of the buccal soft tissue margin is a frequent complication of well integrated dental implants. The appearance of metallic structure or even their transparency through the thin buccal soft tissues are common reasons for patient aesthetic complains. Soft tissue plastic surgical procedures and bilaminar techniques in particular, can be successfully used in combination with a pre and postsurgical prosthetic approaches to increase the volume of the interdental soft tissue, to treat buccal gingival recessions and soft tissue dehiscence around dental implants and to provide the new implant supported crown with an esthetic transmucosal emergency profile.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe step by step root coverage surgical procedures
  • Describe step by step connective tissue graft harvesting technique
  • Describe the difference between teeth and implant treatments

Workshop 2 - Video workshop of Bone Augmentation Procedures in Implant Patients: How to do Step-by-Step!

Dr. Daniel Buser  

Please check back for updates!

Presenter Biography

Program limited to 50 participants.
Registration fee: $495

Bone augmentation is daily routine in implant patients, since roughly 60% of implants are inserted with a bone augmentation procedure, either simultaneously with implant placement or prior to implant placement with a staged approach (Bruegger et al. 2015). The two best documented bone augmentation procedures are (a) Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) utilizing a 2-layer composite graft combined with a collagen membrane, and (b) Sinus Floor Elevation (SFE) using most often a lateral window technique, and clearly less frequently the transalveolar Osteotome technique. This 1/2-day video workshop will present both surgical procedures with surgical video clips in various clinical situations, to document the step-by-step procedures of the GBR and SFE techniques, incl. the decision criteria when to use a simultaneous and when a staged approach. In addition, the preferred utilization of autogenous bone chips (ABC) combined with deproteinized bovine bone mineral (DBBM) particles will be presented incl. their synergistic characteristics. This includes on the one hand the osteogenic properties of ABC offering faster bone formation, and hence, shorter healing periods. On the other hand, the well documented low-substitution rate of DBBM offering a good volume stability of augmented bone over time.

All different surgical techniques will be presented with video clips in various clinical situations. They are also documented with long-term results based on various 10-year studies performed at the University of Bern.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn to understand the decision criteria, when to use a simultaneous GBR procedure, and when a staged approach
  • Understand the synergistic properties of composite grafts using autogenous bone chips and DBBM
  • Know the surgical details such as incision technique, flap management, graft and membrane application and primary wound closure

Workshop 3 - Vista Soft Tissue Graft & Immediate Temporization

Dr. Homa Zadeh

Presenter Biography

Program limited to 50 participants.
Registration fee: $495

Patients with atrophic alveolar bone have a variety of different presentations, including vertical vs. horizontal atrophy, anatomic features such as flat vs sloped defect walls or concavities, various bone density (eg cortical vs cancellous bone). Each of these features can affect the efficacy of bone augmentation, either in a favorable or unfavorable manner. Therefore, the approach utilized needs to thoroughly analyze and classify site and patient characteristics in order to select an appropriate technique, material and protocol. Another consideration is the potential of complication for the selected protocol and a risk assessment to determine the likelihood of encountering negative outcomes based on patient features. Modular Bone Augmentation (MBA) refers to an approach, which is based on the convergence of several components required for successful bone regeneration. MBA will employ different components based on requirements of individual patient and site.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe patient and site features which have to be considered and classification of defect morphology
  • List components of MBA and selection criteria for the choice of technique, material and protocol
  • Describe methods for soft tissue augmentation and when bone or soft tissue augmentation are needed

Workshop 4 - Lasers for the Management of Periodontal & Peri-Implant Diseases

Dr Véronique Benhamou & Dr. Akira Aoki

Presenter Biography (Aoki)

Presenter Biography (Benhamou)

Program limited to 50 participants.
Registration fee: $495

The Er:YAG laser with a wavelength of 2940nm is primarily absorbed by water. This type of laser is capable of ablating both soft and hard tissues with minimal thermal side effects and without impairing wound healing. It exhibits various beneficial characteristics which make it extremely suitable for periodontal and peri-implant applications.

In periodontal therapy, both root surfaces and bone can be treated with the Er:YAG laser. Being able to manage root, bone and tissues with one laser is the most advantageous property of the erbium laser compared to other high powered lasers. The current clinical applications of Er:YAG laser for soft tissue esthetic management, periodontal surgical and non-surgical therapy and osseous surgery will be discussed based on scientific evidence as well as with case reports. In particular, the Er:YAG laser-assisted comprehensive pocket treatment (Er-LCPT) will be introduced.

In the same light, treatment of peri-implantitis is aimed at removing local irritants from the implants’ surface followed by surface decontamination. Many lasers are now sold on the market with the claim that they can be used to treat peri-implantitis. This lecture will highlight the differences between the different lasers available in the dental field and outline the advantages of the Er:YAG laser technology. It can be used safely to detoxify titanium surfaces without affecting osseointegration. Clinical solutions for effective treatment of peri-implantitis will be discussed.

This workshop will cover an overview of Er:YAG laser technology along with daily applications for the periodontal practice. The workshop will include a lecture, with a hands-on workshop offering participants with an opportunity to feel and experience the laser.

Learning objectives:

  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Root surface debridement and desensitization of root surfaces
  • Er:YAG Laser-Assisted Comprehensive Periodontal Pocket Therapy (Er-LCPT)
  • Flap surgery: bone defect debridement and osseous surgery
  • Peri-implantitis treatment

Workshop 5 - Updated Strategies for the Treatment of Implant Surfaces and Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy

Janet Kinney, Anne Miller, Dr. Danielle Furgeson, & Nicole Fortune

Presenter Biography (Kinney)

Presenter Biography (Miller)

Presenter Biography (Furgeson)

Presenter Biography (Fortune)

Program is limited to 50 participants
Registration fee $295

This combination lecture and hands-on course is for both novice and experienced clinicians wanting to improve their instrumentation techniques for non-surgical periodontal therapy.

The course will include a review of root anatomy, which is critical to the understanding and selection of periodontal instruments and techniques. The course will also cover the instruments available for various periodontal instrumentation challenges such as deep anterior pockets, furcations, root depression, and line-angle instrumentation. Advancements in visual technologies for non-surgical periodontal/peri-implant therapy, and utilization of glycine air polishing in periodontal and perio-implant maintenance and protocols will also be included.

Course Goals:

  • Help guide participants to assimilate the concepts learned into their clinical practice.
  • Help participants enhance their periodontal/peri-implant instrumentation
  • Help participants increase their evidence-based understanding of the technological and digital advances available for non-surgical periodontal and peri-implant treatment

Course Topics:

  • Periodontal instruments available for complex, non-surgical instrumentation such as After-Five® Minis, After-Five® Micro-Minis, Diamond-Tec™ files, and furcation curettes
  • Periodontal endoscopy as a standard of care for treatment of moderate to advanced periodontal and peri-implant diseases
  • The conditions in which periodontal endoscopy is ideally utilized and when regenerative surgery is indicated
  • The use of adjunctive treatment aids in periodontal and peri-implant treatment and maintenance
  • The therapeutic effects of glycine air polishing (GAP)
  • The efficiency and effectiveness of GAP on implant and other oral surfaces
  • Protocols for GAP use in non-surgical peri-implant and periodontal therapy and maintenance



Hsun-Liang (Albert) Chan, DDS, MS


This poster session is to stimulate discussion and allow for expanded presentation on a variety of topics. Timely and pertinent research in clinical inovations, translational and clinical science may be presented. Participation in the poster presentation is open to all faculty, residents, students and clinicians.

On site poster session schedule (June 14th):

  • Poster placement time: noon to 1:00 pm
  • Poster display time: 1:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Presenters should be available next to their assigned poster board between 4:30 to 6:00 pm for judges and attendees
  • Poster removal time: 6:00 pm immediately following the conclusion of the session
  • Location of the session: 4th floor, Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
  • Size of the poster board: 4 (height) x 6 (width) feet, so please do not print your poster beyond that size


This year we are featuring three different themes for this session. You will have an option of selecting one of the themes based on the content of your project when you submit your abstract for. The three themes are:

  • Clinical Innovations

    This category invites submissions that demonstrate the use of advanced technology for treatment planning and surgery execution. Novel surgical techniques are also welcomed in this category. Study designs may include a case report, or case series. Some topic examples are but not limited to: Image-guided implant surgery, 3D printing, microsurgery, and new incision or suturing designs.
  • Clinical Research

    This category invites submissions that aim to answer fundamental clinical questions in the format of cross-sectional studies, retrospective/prospective studies or clinical trials. Examples include comparison of different treatment modalities, identification of risk factors of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, survival/success rate of certain procedures, dental hygiene science related research, patient-centered outcome assessment.
  • Basic & Translational Research

    This category invites submissions with promising basic science research that could apply to patient care in the future. Examples include proof-of-principle preclinical studies, examinations of safety and efficacy of certain drugs, agents or devices, etc.


An award will be granted to the best presentation for each category.


  1. Originality
  2. Suitability of the methods of analysis
  3. Scientific and/or clinical value of the work
  4. Innovation
  5. Quality of the poster oral presentation and responses to questions


Abstract submission now closed.


Of special interest is the complimentary social event at new Michigan Golf Course Club House on Friday night.

The reception will be held on both the second floor and weather permitting on the lower level outside terraces. Complimentary Beer and Wine & Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

About the Michigan Golf Course

Michigan’s varsity golf teams compete and practice at one of the finest university-owned courses in the country, the University of Michigan Golf Course. The challenging fairways and greens lie among stately trees, plush rough and hills that offer a breathtaking view of the university’s main campus. In addition to Michigan’s golfers, the U-M Golf Course is also the home course for the Michigan cross country teams.

The University of Michigan Golf Course was designed in the late 1920s by Alister MacKenzie, one of golf’s all-time great architects. The regents unofficially opened the course in the fall of 1930 as the first golfers to play the new U-M Golf Course. The course officially opened in the spring of 1931 and immediately drew praise as one of the finest in America. At the time of its opening, the University Golf Course became just the fourth course to be located on a college campus. The U-M Golf Course is one of a select few MacKenzie-designed golf courses in the United States. The famed Augusta National is another.

MacKenzie, Golf magazine’s “Golf Architect of the Century” for the first 100 years of golf in America, brought his passion for the sport and of old St. Andrews, Scotland, to Ann Arbor. The U-M Golf Course is another enduring addition to the “Athletics for All” program of U-M athletic director Fielding H. Yost, a program he created to touch students for generations to come.

A multi-million dollar renovation completed in the spring of 1994 restored the grandeur of the University Golf Course to the ranks of MacKenzie’s other classics. Orchestrating the restoration was Arthur Hills, a Michigan graduate and one of the foremost golf course architects in America. As an admirer of MacKenzie, Hills understood his focus was not a new course in Ann Arbor but a return to MacKenzie’s intent.

The renovation included the return of original bunkers, improved tree planting and placement, construction of stately tee areas and an improved irrigation system. A new practice range was added to assist Michigan’s golf squads as well as a number of practice greens and sand traps. The popularity of golf carts necessitated large stretches of cart paths that partition landscaped medians around the course.

In addition to renovations on the course, the clubhouse also underwent a facelift. Team rooms, coaching offices and varsity locker facilities for both Wolverine women’s and men’s teams were added. The pro shop, lobby and refreshment areas were also reconfigured and decorated.

The U-M Golf Course has also hosted postseason tournaments, most recently hosting the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional in 2012. Overall, U-M has hosted three NCAA Regionals and one NCAA Final (1947) as well as 12 total Big Ten Championships — nine men and three women.

The cross country trail follows the golf course’s rolling terrain, traversing almost all of the 18 holes at some point. The races begin on the fairway of the first hole and are highlighted by a climb up the 10th fairway midway through the race. The women’s 5,000-meter and men’s 8,000-meter races conclude between the first and ninth holes.




The trip between the Detroit Metro Airport and Ann Arbor takes about 20-30 minutes.

Taxi costs around US$ 50. They usually take 3 people (it is not necessary to make reservations for the taxi).

Other options include Lyft, Uber, and a shuttle, the most economical option.

Another alternative (a bit more expensive) is to take the Metrocar Services. The driver will wait for you at the baggage claim, pick up your bags, and bring you to Ann Arbor (they generally take up to 3 people). For both shuttle and Metrocar, it is important to make the reservation online before your arrival


June is one of the hottest months for Ann Arbor. Temperatures range from 62°F to 83°F. Precipitation can range from light rain to thunderstorms.