Welcome from your Chairman Dr. Richard Horwitz
It is an honour and gives me great pleasure to be welcoming you as the incoming Chairman of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity’s London Chapter.
My involvement with Alpha Omega started whilst an undergraduate student. I was introduced to the fraternity and have had fantastic support from its members throughout my postgraduate training and my career. This support is central to the ethos of Alpha Omega and for this reason one of my aims for this year is to continue the great work from the last two chairman’s in helping to grow the student externship program and student involvement in Alpha Omega.
As a periodontist the relationship between oral and systemic health is one I find incredibly interesting. For this reason I believe communication with our medical counterparts is key in order to learn from each other. I am therefore proud to introduce to you this years lecture series ‘Oral Health and Beyond!!’.
This year we will be introducing to the membership, fantastic speakers to lecture on a variety of different topics around this theme throughout the year.
For our first meeting I am pleased to introduce to you cardiologists Dr Mark Westwood, Dr Neil Srinivasan and Dr Christopher Primus. We look forward to them outlining current cardiology practice in relation to dentistry, helping us understand better anticoagulation therapies and infective endocarditis risks.
Our next speaker will be renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon Mr Jonathan Collier, also speaking for the first time to Alpha Omega. He will be outlining causes and treatments for parafunctional sleep disorders. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is becoming increasingly common and its management from a dental perspective will be enlightening.
We are also delighted to have Dr Joe Omar to be returning to Alpha Omega presenting “Sedation and The Airway”. This engaging and interactive presentation is a must for any dentist offering sedation in their practice.
Research exploring the relationship between oral and systemic health is continually evolving. Associations have been identified between periodontal disease and diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy related outcomes and dementia to name a few. Professor D’Aiuto is at the forefront of this research and we are therefore delighted to introduce him to Alpha Omega, to speak on this vast topic.
Occlusion in dentistry is often a topic confused and difficult to understand. We are therefore honoured to have Dr Tom Bereznicki (one of our esteemed alpha omega members) to present “avoiding occlusally related failures in restorative dentistry”
To finish the year on a high, we are delighted to be inviting Dr Mervyn Druian, past international chair of Alpha Omega to impart his wisdom and practice experience. “The inspirational dental practice” will explore the importance of relationship building, team building, case presentation and practice profitability. All vitally important aspects of running a successful practice and enjoying dentistry!
It is important to remember that all funds raised go to our Charitable Trust, which distributes the funds we raise to help disadvantaged groups in all parts of the world access dental care. We are grateful to you our members for your continued unwavering support.
Thank you to both the council and scientific committees, (especially from past chair Dr Rob Pittack) for all their help in putting together the program for this year. I hope to continue from the successes of last year.
I also thank all our generous sponsors especially Henry Schein, with their generous charitable donations and support for all our events. If you don’t already use their Alpha Omega rewards and discounts take a look at them!
Most importantly I have to thank all our members for their continued support. Bring guests to the events and help our London Chapter grow.
Dr Richard Horwitz
BDS, MClinDent, MFDS RCSEd, MPerio RCSEd, Cert Perio (EFP), FHEA
Specialist in Periodontics
Visiting Lecturer Eastman Dental Institute (UCL)
Chairman of The London Chapter of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity