On July 31, 2011, the International Team for Implantology (ITI), a leading academic organization dedicated to the promotion of evidence-based education and research in the field of implant dentistry, hosted a charity event for Japan in Tokyo. Revenues from the event including admission fees and income from an industry exhibition were donated to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.
In addition, the organization also collected funds to the amount of more than USD 45,000 from its membership worldwide during the last four months. At the charity event, ITI President Prof. Dr Daniel Buser handed over a check in the amount of 10 million Japanese Yen (USD 130,000) to Peace Winds Japan (/www.peace-winds.org
), a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to the support of people in distress, threatened by conflict, poverty, or other turmoil.
"The world was shaken by the news of the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing catastrophe in terms of the great loss of life and continuing danger from the nuclear reactors in northern Japan", said Prof. Dr Buser. "It is a matter of course for the ITI to support the efforts being made to provide aid and thereby to demonstrate what belonging to a worldwide community really means."
Organized by the ITI Section Japan, the charity event took place at Tokyo Station Conference and drew more than 250 participants. The scientific program included five lectures that addressed "Teamwork approaches in implant dentistry".
About the ITI
The International Team for Implantology (ITI) unites professionals around the world from every field of implant dentistry and related tissue regeneration. As an independent academic association, it actively promotes networking and exchange among its membership. ITI Fellows and Members, who now number more than 9,500 in total, regularly share their knowledge and expertise from research and clinical practice at meetings, courses and congresses with the objective of continuously improving treatment methods and outcomes to the benefit of their patients.
In more than 30 years, the ITI has built a reputation for scientific rigor combined with concern for the welfare of patients. The organization focuses on the development of well-documented treatment guidelines backed by extensive clinical testing and the compilation of long-term results. The ITI funds research as well as Scholarships for young clinicians, organizes congresses and continuing education events and also publishes reference books such as the ITI Treatment Guide series. www.iti.org