Alpha Omega Charitable Trust Report

I am pleased to report yet another extremely active year and the Trustees have met regularly.

Following launch of the Tel Aviv University Dental School’s “Future is Now” campaign a few years ago, the Trust was keen to show immediate support. Following discussions with the Dean, Professor Ilana Eli, the Trustees agreed to sponsor the establishment of a three surgery postgraduate “Advanced Restorative Treatment Clinic”, which opened in May 2014, for a total of $75,000 with the final payment being made in late 2014. The Trust is now in discussion with the new Dean, Professor Ervin Weiss, regarding a new project.

The Trust also acted swiftly to offer support at a time of significant challenge facing the Hadassah School of Dental Medicine. After many years of collaboration with the retiring Dean, Professor Adam Stabholz, the Trust is working with the new Dean, Professor Aaron Palmon, to identify a new project. In the meantime, the Trust is delighted that the School have now installed a “Mobile Operating Microscope” to enhance the teaching of clinical dentistry for both undergraduates and postgraduates following a donation of $24,000 in early 2014. Also at Hadassah, the Ino Sciaky Prize for Oral Medicine was awarded to Dr Yaki Mizrachi together with a $500 bursary.

Further to extensive discussions with Professor Eli Machtei, Head of the School of Graduate Dentistry at the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa, the Trust is delighted to sponsor the new “Maxillo-Facial Reconstruction Department”. Specialists work closely with other healthcare professionals to produce artificial prostheses (e.g. maxilla, nose, ear and certain extra-oral prostheses) and this complex care enhances the quality of life and self-esteem for soldiers, victims of terror and cancer patients. To support this key development for the region, the Trust has agreed to provide $37,500 and await confirmation that the project is to proceed. This facility will be one of only three in the country and the only one that also runs a highly regarded postgraduate training programme.

Following consultation with Mrs Susan Zamet, the Trust was delighted to launch the “Dr John Zamet Memorial Prize in Periodontal Research” in 2011 to recognise and commemorate John’s significant contribution to clinical periodontology. Strict criteria for the award of the $1,500 prize were agreed and two senior academics assess the submissions. We are delighted that the 2014 prize was awarded to Elena Calciolari of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Elena presented a summary of her research “The Effect of Osteoporosis on Bone Healing” at the Alpha Omega clinical meeting on Tuesday 20th January 2015 when Mrs Zamet presented Elena with her award. Moving forward, the Trust is delighted to confirm that the Zamet family have kindly agreed to offer the award in 2015 and 2017 with an enhanced prize fund of $3,000 on each occasion.

The Trust continues to offer awards to both undergraduate students and postgraduate specialist trainees, the latter being in association with the UCL Eastman and KCL Dental Institutes. This year, a single award of $1,500 was made to Dr Ruixiang Yee of the KCL Dental Institute who presented a paper on his clinical study into the role of a novel computer game in improving the dental visits of dentally anxious children at the 25th Congress of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry in Glasgow in July 2015.

Royalties of about $150 from the BDJ book “Tooth Surface Loss” by Andrew Eder and Richard Ibbetson, have once again been generously divided between the BDA Benevolent Fund and the Alpha Omega Charitable Trust. Following a very successful and innovative Alpha Omega London Chapter programme and hosting of the European Meeting under the Chairmanship of Dr Aron Marcus, all of which was generously supported by our colleagues in the Dental Trade, the Trust has this year received $43,000 in support of its charitable activities. Henry Schein additionally kindly donated $17,500.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our many friends and colleagues who so freely give their time on behalf of the Alpha Omega London Chapter and Trust and have this year made donations to the Trust in excess of $750. In addition, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all my fellow Trustees for their continued and devoted service to Alpha Omega.

In addition to the above, the Trust is supporting the following projects:

Aleh Negev Oral hygiene awareness and carer training programme $3,000
Beit Issie Shapiro Clinic Digital radiotherapy equipment $5,000
Boys Town Jerusalem Funding dental care for forty boys at DVI $8,000
DVI Clinic Orthodontic treatment for ten children $7,500
Luba Slome Clinic Digital radiotherapy equipment $2,850
Norwood (2013 – 2015) Oral hygiene for residential special care patients $7,500/annum

Professor Andrew Eder (Chairman, Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust)
Dr Mervyn Druian (Trustee)
Dr Stephen Handelsman (Trustee)
Dr Richard Horwitz (Treasurer, AO London Chapter and Trust)
Dr Emil Landes (Trustee)
Dr Aron Marcus (Chairman, Chapter)
Dr John Wolffe (Trustee and Past International President)

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