It is a privilege to write the introduction to this collection of outstanding papers and abstracts that includes all of the scientific and clinical work presented at the 6th International Orthodontic Congress (IOC). This material represents the best basic research and clinical science in orthodontics throughout the world.
So that the reader may better understand the depth and high level of the presentations at the 6th IOC, I will provide an overview of the process of selecting the participants and acknowledge those who have worked so hard for the past 7 years to produce a scientifically sound, enlightening, and lively worldwide picture of our specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
In 1998, the World Federation of Orthodontists’ (WFO) Executive Committee and its president, William H. DeKock, selected France and the two French orthodontic societies, the Societe Francaise d’Orthopedie Dento-Faciale (SFODF), led by Andre Horn and Julien Phillippe, and the Syndicat des Specialistes Francais en Orthopedie Dento-Faciale (SSFODF), led by Charles Bolender, to organize the 6th IOC in Paris. The SFODF and SSFODF honored me with the responsibility of chairing the organizing committee (COCIO). I was fortunate to enlist the support of many of the major orthodontic societies of Europe in a mutual effort. Together, we formed an outstanding scientific committee including highly respected researchers and clinicians from Europe. The scientific committee was chaired by the late Alain Fontenelle and by Francesca Miotti, who has continued the work they started together. The members of the scientific committee are listed on page i.
The World Champion lecturers were selected by the Executive Committee of the WFO and its president, Lee W. Graber, after an arduous process that included input from the presidents of more than 90 WFO-affiliated organizations throughout the world. Similarly, the keynote and other invited lecturers were selected after input by the officers of the WFO-affiliated societies. The scientific committee made the final selections based on the relevance of the proposed presentation and a requirement of fair geographic representation on the program. Unfortunately, not all of the world’s talented researchers and clinicians could be included.
The nearly 100 remaining positions on the scientific program for short lectures and additional poster presentations were filled by the international scientific committee after careful review of the submitted abstracts. This comprehensive selection process from a huge number of original submissions is the core of this volume. Although each presentation is the work of an individual or a group of researchers, when the volume is examined in its global context it will be a milestone on the road of orthodontic progress. It is our hope that a similar volume in 5 years at the 7th IOC will help our colleagues and motivate many young clinicians and researchers.
In addition to the doctors’ scientific program, part of the 6th IOC was devoted to the other very important members of the orthodontic team. Dynamic presentations were given to benefit our dental assistants and nurses, and, for the first time, dental staff members, selected by way of competitions in their own countries, gave presentations. In a very innovative but friendly competition, these talented team members competed for the prestigious award of “Best Assistant of the World, 2005.” The committee in charge of the staff program was Chairman Claude Bourdillat (France), ably assisted by Janet Robins (United Kingdom) and Mireille Guibert (France).
A world congress like the 6th IOC is a huge but extremely rewarding task. This collection of papers and abstracts is only one part of the Congress, but it is probably the part that will live the longest. The fact that the proceedings have been published by Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc, publisher of the World Journal of Orthodontics, the official journal of the WFO, demonstrates the importance the orthodontic community places on the sharing of our research and clinical findings. This publication represents the high quality of orthodontics being done in every part of the world and another reason that our community of orthodontic specialists must come together every 5 years. See you in Sydney!
Olivier P. Mauchamp, President
6th International Orthodontic Congress OrganizingCommittee (COCIO)