First Research and Development Symposium in Helsinki, Finland
06 April 2017
Professor Joachim Prein carries around with him a small, yet big treasure: a worn, leather-bound personal journal. Inside, its pages hold nothing less than CMF’s history.
Risto Kontio, chair of the AO CMF Research and Development Commission, is bringing eleven of the biggest names in CMF surgery together in Helsinki this May for the AO CMF Research and Development Scientific Symposium — Complex Cases and Evidence-Based Treatment Options, what aims to be a truly eye-opening event serves to share useful data for decision-making and state-of-the-art care.
Combining research, clinical experience, and practice
“This is the first ever AO CMF event to combine research, clinical experience, and practice,” eagerly shares Risto Kontio. “Because clinically difficult cases are rare, the amount of evidence related to the effective care of these cases is also scarce. This makes the coordination of evidence in the literature, as well as clinical expertise important in helping to define up-to-date, state-of-the-art care,” he explains.
“I feel that the discussions will be an eye-opener for surgeons in practice”
“The role of research is to help surgeons to do proper decision making, and the literature provides a lot of useful knowledge,” Kontio offers.
At the symposium, four real-life clinical cases related to trauma, orthognathic surgery, and mandible reconstruction will be presented and discussed. These cases, which were either difficult to treat or used controversial treatment methods, will be assessed from both a literature and clinical expertise point of view, and their treatment plans will be executed. In addition, a few complex cases submitted by participants will also be examined.
“I feel that the discussions will be an eye-opener for surgeons in practice,” adds Kontio. Tools on how to assess the literature to support clinical decision-making will also be given.
“It was an absolute novum at a US course to invite and have the specialties present together… and not everyone was ready for it,” Prein shares with a hearty laugh, as he recalls the first US course in 1985 on Amelia Island, Florida (US), and the waves it created. While today, it is commonplace for CMF specialists to share best practices, Prein’s forward thinking at that time almost led to a fistfight.
Top research, access to experts, and an entire city to enjoy
Symposium participants will benefit from AO CMF’s latest research insights in craniomaxillofacial surgery, and from being able to listen and interact with experts including Ed Ellis, Dan Buchbinder, and Sabine Girod, who are the core of CMF surgery. Also, participants can enjoy Helsinki’s bustling, charming market square in the heart of the city, the impressive opera house, and lots of art exhibitions.
According to Kontio: “The month of May provides an exceptional time to visit Helsinki. The days are long, with over 15 hours of sunshine. One of the musts during a trip to Helsinki is a visit to the Torni Bar on the fifteenth floor of the Solo Sokos Hotel, for its spectacular view over Helsinki at night… and for sports fans, we hope that the Finnish Ice Hockey League will have its final when you arrive!”
Join this impressive AO CMF event
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Snippets of the CMF history