Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 26 (2011), Supplement 15. Mar. 2011
The Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is a multidisciplinary, international dental implant organization that exists to bring together individuals of different backgrounds in order to share experience and knowledge regarding dental implants. Academy members share the common goal of moving the field of osseointegrated implants forward through clinical and evidence-based research and education. The AO mission is to enhance oral health globally by advancing the science, practice, and ethics of implant dentistry and tissue engineering. The mission is achieved, in part, through annual meetings, publication of The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, and periodic workshops and conferences.
2010 marked the 25-year silver anniversary of the formation of the AO. As a way to recognize this milestone and to honor the AO's dedication to research and education, the AO Board organized and convened the AO Silver Anniversary Summit: Impact of Biological and Technological Advances on Implant Dentistry. The Summit was almost 2 years in the making and involved extensive planning and resources to accomplish. This could not have been achieved without the dedication of the AO Summit Planning Committee.