Message of the BAOS President
In an effort to advance the discipline of Orthodontics among the colleagues of Balkan countries, and after significant efforts that commenced on May 23, 2015, it was made possible to officially establish the Balkan Association of Orthodontic Specialists (BAOS), a formal organizational forum dedicated to orthodontists of the Balkan region, in the form of a scientific, professional, non-political and non-governmental organization for public benefit.
The aims of BAOS include among others the promotion of Orthodontics as a dental specialty in our region, friendship and collaboration between orthodontists, co-ordination of undergraduate and postgraduate education and student exchange, organization of regular congresses in order to exchange knowledge and experience among its members, and publication of a scientific journal.
The Association may have active members (practitioners with specialization in orthodontics residing and practicing in the Balkan countries) associate members (practitioners with specialization in orthodontics independently of their residence), and provisional members (postgraduate students during their orthodontic training).
On February 18, 2017 the Bylaws of BAOS were officially signed by the founding members and at the same day I was elected by the Interim Executive Committee as the first President of BAOS, and consequently Greece was obliged to organize the 1st Congress of BAOS, of which obligations I feel very honored and privileged.
Aiming to attract as much colleagues from Greece and from Balkan countries as possible, it was decided to organize the 1st Congress of the Balkan Association of Orthodontic Specialists (BAOS) from 1 to 3 December 2017, at the Research Dissemination Center of Results of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in conjunction with the 20th Greek National Orthodontic Congress, which is annually organized by the Greek Orthodontic Society (GOS) and the Orthodontic Society of Northern Greece (OSNG) with the participation of the Hellenic Professional Union of Orthodontists (HPUO).
A lot of highly esteemed keynote speakers from Europe and the United States were invited to present lectures with their scientific or clinical effort in orthodontics including Christos Angelopoulos, Stella Chausu, Ewa Czochrowska, Demetrios Halazonetis, Theodore Eliades, Letizia Perillo, Pradip Shetye, Raffaele Spena, Albino Triaca. Further invited speakers include (up until now) Ayse Tuba Altug, Athina Chatzigianni, Nikolaos Gkantidis, Ιoulia Ioannidou-Marathiotou, Michael Kalavrytinos, Eleftherios Kaklamanos, Georgios Kanavakis, Gabriela Kjurchieva-Chuchkova, Enita Nakas, Spyros Papageorgiou, Iosif Sifakakis, Apostolos Tsolakis, Branislav Vidovic, and Vasileios Zymperdikas.
All these speakers will present a very wide and interesting range of different subjects in orthodontics, including among others: Smart materials in Orthodontics, 3D imaging in Orthodontics, Computerized orthognathic surgical planning, Common errors in orthodontic radiography, Periodontally facilitated Orthodontics, Orthodontic treatment and gingival recessions, impacted maxillary canines, Tooth autotransplantation, Early and late treatment Class III malocclusion, Orthognathic surgery with Chinwing osteotomy, Surgical and orthodontic management of Cleft lip and palate, Surgical Assisted Rapid Maxillary Expansion (SARME), TMJ disorders an orthodontics, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Bisphosphonates in Orthodontics, Myofunctional treatment approach, and Facial attractiveness.
On Friday, December 1, 2017, two pre-congress courses are organized. The first will be presented by Dr. Albino Triaca, who will discuss the subject of “Chinwing osteotomy as alternative to orthognathic surgery to correct skeletal deformities: A new facial concept”. The second will be presented by Christos Angelopoulos, who will focus on “3D imaging in Orthodontics (Theoretical course with practical exercises)”
I really hope that this rich and highly attractive program along with the commercial exhibition and the personal contacts that will be facilitated during the social events, will stimulate all orthodontists from Greece and the Balkan countries to plan their visit next December to Thessaloniki and enjoy a fruitful Congress and a festive and beautiful atmosphere of the city just before Christmas, as well as the hospitality of its inhabitants.
I am looking forward to welcoming you all in our city,
Prof. Moschos A. Papadopoulos