|What is the Academy of Osseointegration and how did it originate?
Following the introduction of osseointegration to North America in 1982, a group of dental clinicians from the Greater New York area participated in a course entitled "Osseointegration in Clinical Dentistry."
Subsequently, the group formed a study club to share research and information. This local study club eventually concluded that a national organization was essential to foster education and advancement in this field. As a result, the Academy of Osseointegration was formed.
The first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration was held in Chicago in 1986. A Pro-Tem Executive Board was elected to include representatives from oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics and general practice. The Academy and its affiliate, the Osseointegration Foundation, were incorporated in 1987.
For 28 years, the Academy has met throughout North America. Currently, the Academy plans to meet both within North America and abroad. Meeting participation has increased and membership now exceeds 6,000 professionals in nearly 70 countries.
Elected officers and directors-at-large comprise the Board of Directors, which sets the Academy's direction and oversees its administration. Policies and ongoing activities are influenced by the Academy's standing and ad hoc committees. Day-to-day operations are conducted by the Academy's professional staff.
The Academy of Osseointegration's dedication to the highest standards in patient care, research and education remain the reason so many professionals have made the decision to ally themselves with this leading organization.