History of Asian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry

 Following a preliminary meeting in Korea of interested representatives from Korea, Japan and Singapore in 1989; a formal meeting was convened at the Prince Philip Dental Hospital, Hong Kong for the founding of the Asian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry on 15 January 1990. At that historic meeting chaired by Prof Stephen Wei, the founder officers were unanimously elected with Prof Michio Haga from Japan as founder president of the AAAD. It was also agreed that the Secretariat of the Academy should be based in Singapore. The following are the presidents who have served the Asian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry:

1990-1991     Prof Michio Haga (late), Japan
1990-1992     Prof Lee Jae-Hyun, Korea
1992-1994     Prof Takao Maruyama, Japan
1994-1996     Dr Lin Chong Min, Taiwan ROC
1996-1998     Dr Peter Tay, Singapore
1998-2000     Dr Sandesh Mayekar, India
2000-2002     Dr Ko Seok Hoon, Korea
2002-2004     Dr Toru Matsuo, Japan
2004-2006     Dr T C Phua, Singapore
2006-2008     Dr Robert Dharma, Indonesia
2008-2010     Dr Sim Tang Eng, Malaysia
(The current President Elect to assume Presidential office in 2010 is Prof Hisashi Hisamitsu, Japan)

The first Scientific Meeting was held in Singapore on 8 September 1990 just before the FDI Meeting to publicise the existence of the academy. One of our objective was the promotion of education of aesthetic dentistry in Asia and to this end, there has been Biennial Meeting once every two years for scientific meeting at various locations in Asia. Past venues for scientific meetings include:

1990    Singapore
1992    Seoul, Korea
1994    Kagoshima, Japan
1996    Taipei, Taiwan ROC
1998    Singapore
2000    Mumbai, India
2002    Seoul, Korea
2004    Nagoya, Japan
2006    Singapore
2008    Bali, Indonesia

Our current members hail from Asian countries like Japan, Korea, India, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, Hong Kong and Thailand. At the business meeting held on 21 May 2005 in Bali, Indonesia; the Executive Council rectified the amendment in membership to include institution members to include the various aesthetic dental groups that were formed all over Asia since our inception in 1990. In this way AAAD will continue to serve aesthetic dentistry education through its dual role of a federation for Asian aesthetic dental groups.

AAAD has since 1993 come up with an annual journal publication, Asian Journal of Aesthetic Dentistry that endeavours to cover the entire spectrum of dental aesthetics. The journal is particularly indebted to Prof Lui Joo Loon of Malaysia for serving as Editor from 1993-2004.

(Prepared Oct 2008)


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