Manila: The 40th Asia Pacific Dental Congress (APDC) was held at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, Philippines, from 7-11 May. It was held concurrently with the 109th Philippine Dental Association Annual Convention & Scientific Meeting, gathering the region’s dental practitioners, researchers and allied health professionals.
Pakistan delegation led by Dr Mahmood Shah President included Dr Asif Arain and Dr Anwar Saeed. Dr Asif Arain was elected for the 6th time as Vice President APDF a real honour for him and Pakistan. Dr Mahmood Shah also won his chairmanship of oral diseases commission while Dr Anwar Saeed could not retain his slot.
Pakistan Dental Association was given a rare honour of presenting the awards with the host country. The PDA delegation also presented life time achievement awards to the distinguished members of APDF who have served the association over the years for the services rendered.
The congress has dental science and technology at the forefront in line with the the rapid advances in dental materials and technology are benefiting patients, as well as practices, with the knowledge and technology required to offer advanced treatment options such as laser, aesthetic, digital and implant dentistry.
The theme “Intensifying professionalism in synergy with dental science and technology” compliments the fact that participants will be able to discuss the scientific and technical breakthroughs that are changing the landscape of dentistry, and fulfill their continuing education and professional development requirements.
“Our theme for this year aptly describes, how we as dental professionals, continually strive for excellence in whatever field of specialty we may be into. Featured in this convention are renowned local and foreign speakers from every specialty field, who will bring in their expertise through noteworthy lectures that are relevant and timely to our dental practice.” – DR ARLEEN R. REYES, PHILIPPINE DENTAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT
The conference had a distinguished lineup of speakers including Regional and international experts coming together to lead a dynamic scientific programme, plenary sessions, lunch symposia, and hands-on workshops specifically tailored to the region’s dental practitioners at all career stages.
The state-of-the art scientific programme, along with over 500 dental trade booths provided the participants with an opportunity to hear firsthand from the world’s leading experts in dentistry and to inspire the advancement of the profession in their home countries.
Manila, known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, is center of the country’s government and commerce and is filled with important architectural and cultural landmarks. An elaborate social programme was organized for which the attendees were recommended to register beforehand.