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by: Frederic Love

Nobel Biocare establishes the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation.

Back in the summer of 1982, dental implants were considered suspect by most of the leading clinical scholars of the time. But in October, Per-Ingvar Brånemark was able to change their minds because one leading authority was prepared to keep an open mind.

In 1952, Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered the principles of osseointegration in Sweden. Thirty years later, in 1982, the discovery was acknowledged, and his subsequent findings confirmed, at an epoch-making meeting of dental authorities organized by Professor George Zarb in Canada.

The proceedings of this historic conference enabled osseointegrated dental implants to gain acceptance as a treatment method in the global dental community.

Fast-forward another 30 years, and the man who made such a difference then is now preparing to take on the leadership of an organization being established by Nobel Biocare to vastly expand the reach of oral rehabilitation through educational and humanitarian efforts.

Presenting the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation—FOR.

A scholar-led, international initiative to promote oral healthcare and humanitarian leadership, the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation builds on Nobel Biocare’s strong history and deep commitment to science and education.

The official inauguration of FOR will take place on June 20 at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium in New York City.

FOR will be organized into three sections: FOR Education, FOR Science, and FOR Humanity, and will be led by a board of trustees consisting of world renowned clinicians and scholars.

“At FOR we intend to synthesize the body of scientifically robust clinical data available today into educational formats that are designed for different dental professional levels of experience,” says Professor Zarb, who will be the chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees. The names of the remaining trustees will be announced in New York.

FOR Education

The mission of the educational arm of the foundation is to nurture, expand and promote professional education through enhanced learning.

“As we carry out this mission,” Zarb explains, “we intend, at the same time, to create leadership opportunities for young professionals around the world.” To that end, FOR will mix modern learning technologies with social media and science-based, accredited education.

FOR Science

In order to establish optimal treatment guidelines and become the reference in the profession and practice of implant dentistry, FOR Science will connect leading experts in different fields. Participants will become part of a global community that offers clinical fellowship, mentorship, mutual support and exciting learning opportunities. FOR embraces innovation based on shared clinical and scientific principles for the benefit of the patient. It will help its participants to stay at the forefront of innovation and better patient care. FOR participants will have exclusive access to a broad range of resources and services that help to improve patient care in daily clinical practice.

FOR Humanity

Much more than a continuing education institute, FOR will be endowed to support, initiate, and reward humanitarian endeavors. It will support clinicians in providing pro bono treatment for patients in need and, as another tangible sign of this commitment, the FOR Humanity Award 2103 will be presented to a deserving laureate at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium in New York City on June 20.

According to Professor Zarb, FOR will be recognizing individuals who, above all, personify qualities of compassion, generosity of spirit and leadership in their humanitarian deeds.

FOR will unite an international network of leading professionals who share a commitment to improving the patient’s quality of life. The foundation will be based on a different participation philosophy than most other endowed institutions.

Rather than attempt to maximize the number of participants, FOR will concentrate on active participation, shared humanitarian values, and a mutual commitment to contribute in accordance to the ideals of the foundation.

Nobel Biocare has always promoted a team approach to osseointegration. Following that tradition, FOR will be actively welcoming researchers, dental technicians, radiologists and software specialists — as well as surgeons, periodontists and restorative dentists.

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