Speakers & Moderators

Christoph Hämmerle, Switzerland

Christoph H. F. Hämmerle, Dr med dent, is the Head and Chairman of the Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science and Vice Dean of the medical faculty for the Center for Dental and Oral Medicine at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. He is certified in prosthodontics as well as in periodontics. His clinical and research focus is on the comprehensive treatment of complex, partially edentulous patients, applying all available options of restorative dentistry, including dental implants. Dr. Hämmerle has published more than 150 original articles and has widely lectured internationally. He is the past president of the European Association of Osseointegration (EAO) and the past president of the Osteology Foundation.

Ki-Tae Koo, South Korea

Ki-Tae Koo DDS, MS, PhD. received his Dental Degree at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He then obtained his Master of Science degree in Oral Biology from Temple University in 2003. During this time he also received advanced training in periodontology. In 2007, Dr. Koo received his Doctorate in Periodontology from Yonsei University in 2007. He is currently an associate professor and program director at the School of Dentistry, Seoul National University as well as the former Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. Additionally, Dr. Koo serves as an adjunct professor at Georgia Regents University. He has numerous clinical publications in various reference journals and continues to conduct research in areas such as: bone biomaterials, periodontal wound healing, and craniofacial tissue engineering.

Pamela K. McClain, USA

Pamela K. McClain, D.D.S. has maintained a full time private practice in periodontics incorporating clinical research since 1987 and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgical Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Colorado. She also served as Research Professor at the University of Maryland Dental School, Department of Periodontics from 1994 - 2001. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past president of the Rocky Mountain Society of Periodontists. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and has been active on numerous committees with the AAP and other organizations. She has received a number of prestigious awards for her research and other accomplishments. Dr. McClain lectures worldwide on a variety of topics and has published over 20 articles/chapters in professional journals and books.

Otto Zuhr, Germany

Otto Zuhr studied dentistry at the University of Aachen from 1986 until 1992 and received his DMD from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Aachen. Several educational programs led him to Switzerland, Scandinavia and USA during the following two years. In 1996 he opened his own office focusing on periodontal surgery and aesthetic dentistry in Munich. In 1999 he founded a new clinic together with Drs. Bolz, Wachtel, and Hürzeler and became an associate member in the Institute of Periodontology and Implantology (IPI) in Munich. In 2001 he received his Specialist in Periodontology of the German Society of Periodontology (DGP). Otto Zuhr has written several articles in the field of periodontology and aesthetic dentistry and is lecturing nationally and internationally. In 2012 he published his book “Plastic-Esthetic Periodontal and Implant Surgery” with Quintessence.

Stephen Chen, Australia 

Stephen graduated BDS (Malaya) in 1983, MDSc (Melbourne) in 1987 and completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2008.  He was awarded Fellowship by examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) in 1988 (KG Sutherland Prize).  He holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor at The School of Dentistry, The University of Melbourne. Stephen’s clinical and scientific interests are in the field of periodontal tissue regeneration, bone grafting and dental implants. He has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored 2 textbooks and contributed chapters to 6 textbooks.

Saso Ivanovski, Australia

Saso Ivanovski graduated with BDSc (Honours) from the University of Queensland Dental School in 1993. He subsequently completed a BDentSt research degree in 1995, following which he was awarded a National Health and Medical Research (NH&MRC) postgraduate scholarship and completed a PhD in 2000. This was followed by specialist training leading to the award of an MDSc in Periodontology in 2002. Saso was a NH&MRC postdoctoral fellow and a Senior Lecturer in Periodontology at the University of Queensland from 2003 to 2006. During this period, he was awarded a fellowship by the International Team for Implantology (ITI) and spent a year as a clinical fellow at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. In 2006, Saso was appointed the inaugural Chair and Professor of Periodontology at the Griffith University School of Dentistry and Oral Health where he leads the specialist training program in periodontology. He currently combines this position with his part time specialist practice in periodontics and surgical implant dentistry.  Saso is a fellow of the International Team of Implantology (ITI), the immediate past federal president of the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS), and a past president of the state branches of the AOS and Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP). Saso has published over 70 articles in the peer-reviewed international literature, has lectured nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards. He leads an internationally recognised research group with an interest in the biological aspects of osseointegration and periodontal regeneration.

Jamil Alayan, Australia

Jamil Alayan is a Periodontist with an interest in implant surgery and oral tissue augmentation. He was awarded a scholarship from the International Team of Implantology (ITI) in 2007 to attend the University of Florida (U.S) where he completed a clinical fellowship in oral surgery. He is currently completing his PhD at Griffith University School of Dentistry examining bone grafting in maxillary sinus augmentation, which was recently awarded an NHMRC scholarship. Jamil has received an FRACDS in Periodontology and fellowships from the ITI and the International Collage of Dentistry. He has served as the past president of Australian Society of Periodontology (QLD) and past treasurer of the Australian Osseointegration Society (Federal). He maintains a specialist private practice in Brisbane city and has been actively involved in teaching and training at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Peter Clark Ryan, Australia

Peter Clark Ryan graduated B.D.Sc. (Queensland) in 1976 and then worked in the Royal Australian Air Force in Malaysia until 1979 before spending 1980 in private general practice in London. After completing his specialist qualification in Queensland in 1982, he worked as a halftime Lecturer in the Department of Social & Preventive Dentistry until 1986, before commencing full-time private Specialist Practice as a Periodontist in Brisbane and Ipswich. From 1996, Peter has been a Senior Visiting Periodontist at The Dental School and an Examiner of Periodontal Post-Graduate Students. A Fellowship in the special stream of Periodontics, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons was achieved by examination in 2000. In 2002, he was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland. Peter has been actively involved with implant dentistry since 1991 and became a Fellow of the ITI (International Team for Oral Implantology) in 2000 and a Specialist Clinical Associate, The University of Sydney. He has been President of ADA (Qld) and President of the Australian Society of Periodontology amongst many other appointments.

Michael Danesh-Meyer, New Zealand

Dr Danesh-Meyer gained his BDS and MDS (with Distinction) from University of Otago. He subsequently taught at Otago University and worked in private practice. From 1998-2000 he was Clinical Assistant Professor in Periodontology and Associate Scientist in the Laboratory for Applied Periodontal and Craniofacial Regeneration at Temple University in Philadelphia. While in the USA he was involved in research using rhBMP-2 for periodontal and alveolar regeneration. He has been involved in preclinical and clinical research involving GTR/GBR since 1991, has authored numerous articles and lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to tissue regeneration and dental implants. Dr Danesh-Meyer retuned to Auckland, New Zealand in 2000 and established the Institute of Dental Implants & Periodontics. He is a Fellow of the ICOI, ITI member, Lecturer for Global Institute for Dental Education.

Ivan Darby, Australia

Professor Ivan Darby is Head of Periodontics and is responsible for the Melbourne Dental School's specialisation program in Periodontics, DClinDent (Perio). In addition, he also has involvement in the Grad Dip Clin Dent (implants), DDS, BDSc and BOH periodontics and implant surgery components. Ivan also practices as a Periodontist in Moonee Ponds. He is a past President of the ANZ division and the Asia Pacific Region of the IADR. In addition, he has been president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (Victorian branch) and currently serves as Editor of the Society’s federal journal, Periodontology. An active researcher, he has published on periodontal pathogenesis, microbiology and treatment outcomes, as well as implant dentistry. Ivan is also an active local, national and international speaker.

Robert De Poi, Australia

Dr Robert De Poi graduated with a BDSc. from the University of Melbourne in 1984, Dux of his graduating year. He then maintained a general practice for many years during which time he developed an interest in Periodontics. He was awarded the Kenneth JG Sutherland Prize by the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 1987 after completing his RACDS. He was on the RACDS Victorian Regional Committee for 10 years and chair between 1995 and 1997. Robert registered as a Periodontist after receiving his Master of Science and Certificate in Periodontics from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He was awarded the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholarship for Excellence in 2002. He now maintains specialist practice in Moonee Ponds and is an honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Dental School and involved in teaching in the Graduate Periodontal Program at the University of Melbourne. He has an interest in research through the ADAVB Evident Foundation and is a co-investigator of study on implant complications in private practice. He is currently on the Professional Provident Fund Advisory Committee for the ADAVB and is an ITI Fellow. 

Chris Evans, Australia

Dr Evans completed his bachelor degree at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and his masters degree in Prosthodontic practice in Brighton, Melbourne and has a branch practice in Albury, NSW. He has been a consultant Prosthodontist to the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force and a Clinical Demonstrator for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Dr Evans is a full member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Prosthodontists and is and ITI fellow. He has lectured extensively at national and international meetings on implant related topics and restorative dentistry. He is a past president of the Australian Prosthodontic Society, Victorian Branch and Victorian Crown and Bridge society. He is currently on the editorial board of Clinical Oral Implants Research. He has been involved in multi-centre dental implant research projects as well as clinical research projects in private practice, with several notable publications in peer reviewed journals on dental implants.

Lisa Heitz-Mayfield, Australia

Professor Heitz-Mayfield received a Masters in Periodontology (1996) and Odont Dr (1998) from Lund University, Sweden. She received a scholarship at the Brånemark Osseointegration Centre, Sweden, and was awarded an ITI scholarship at the University of Berne, Switzerland where she became Head of the Oral Microbiology Research Laboratory, from 1999-2003. Received the André Schroeder Research Prize in Implant Dentistry. Professor Heitz-Mayfield is active in research in implant dentistry and periodontology and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. She has more than 48 publications in peer reviewed international journals and is author of the Peri-implant infection chapter of the latest edition of the Textbook: Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry and the ITI Treatment Guide on Implant-related Complications. Current positions include Adjunct Professor at the International Research Collaborative, The University of Western Australia, Associate Professor at The University of Sydney, and at The University of Hong Kong. Chair of the ITI Research Committee, and member of the ITI Board of Directors. Editor in Chief of Clinical Oral Implants Research. Maintains a specialist periodontal practice in Perth, Western Australia. 

Jonathan Leichter, New Zealand

Dr. Jonathan Leichter is the Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Sciences at the University of Otago School of Dentistry. Dr. Leichter joined the faculty after 20 years in full time private practice limited to periodontology and implant dentistry in New York and Boston. After his dental training at Tufts University, he went on to obtain his specialist training at Harvard University. He is active in clinical practice, research and dental education. Since 2002, he has mentored post-doctoral students in periodontology, endodontics and prosthodontics. His research interests and numerous international peer reviewed publications are in the fields of Periodontology, Implant Dentistry, Dental Trauma and Laser applications in dentistry. He has lectured throughout New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Europe and the US.

Greg Peake, Australia

Dr Greg Peake is a specialist Periodontist in Canberra. His practice is restricted to primary and revision implant surgery and he has been exclusively implant based for over 12 years. His periodontal training was completed in Melbourne and he has qualifications with both the Royal Colleges of England and Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the ITI and currently has a special interest in managing peri-implant complications.

Steven Soukoulis, Australia

Steven completed his undergraduate training at University of Adelaide in 1996, followed by a 2 year diploma in clinical dentistry, after which he entered specialist training in periodontics, which he completed in 2001. He maintains a specialist periodontal practice in Adelaide. Steven has served as President of the Australian Society of Periodontology. He is currently a fellow with the International Team of Implantology (ITI). He has a particular clinical interest in implantology and bone grafting.

Axel Spahr, Australia

A/Prof. Axel Spahr is Head of Periodontics at the Sydney Dental Hospital and Head of the Discipline Periodontics at the University of Sydney. He was the former Head of Periodontics at the University of Ulm in Germany and has worked at various international universities and research facilities. He has a further training in microbiology and molecular biology and extensive experience in basic science research, animal research and clinical research. A/Prof. Spahr's research interest includes periodontal regeneration, bone regeneration, periodontitis and systemic diseases as well as antimicrobial therapy.He has lead large externally funded research projects and is collaborating with leading international research groups and companies in the field of periodontology, implantology and bone regeneration. He is author of numerous publications in international peer-reviewed dental and medical journals and has presented his work on professional conferences worldwide.