Prof. Dr. Thimios A. Mitsiadis, University of Zurich,
ZZMK, Institute of Oral Biology, ZZMK, Plattenstrasse
11, CH 8032 Zurich, Switzerland
Since the 1st conference organized by Prof. JV Ruch
in Strasbourg in 1978 for a few researchers interested
in tooth development, the number of participants continuously
increased during the years and this year there were
250 of participants for the 9th TMD conference.
All the world leader scientists, working on the tooth
and craniofacial field, participated. Distinguished
outfield speakers attended this auspicious event.
Scientific topics covered craniofacial evolution and
genetics, tooth development, molecular mechanisms in
differentiation, mineralization and regeneration, stem
cell applications, biotechnology and tissue engineering.
The understanding of Craniofacial and Tooth Development,
Growth, Homeostasis, Pathology and Repair are based
on fundamental questions concerning the specialized
cells during morphogenesis, cell proliferation, differentiation
and death, mineralization, as in many other biological
A basic knowledge on developmental genes, extracellular
matrix components and cell processes and the associated
human pathologies are essential for the theoretical
and practical management of research on oral physiology
Experts from all European countries have been networking
throughout the European COST B23 Action entitled Oral
Facial Development and Regeneration!.
The 9th TMD conference is encompassing all four of
the Working Groups of Cost Action B23 and reflects the
evolution of this Action. The conference comprises a
series of scientific sessions over a five days period,
which maps across the different COST B23 Action Working
Groups. A meeting of the Management Committee of the
COST B23 Action took place during the conference.
We invited Dr. Popi Kostelidou to take part on the
Management Committee Meeting.
The Programme contained high quality presentations either
from invited speakers or selected from submitted abstracts.
Together with a poster session ensured the maximum participation
Scientific committee 9th TMD conference
A Huysseune (Belgium), I Thesleff (Finland), D Rice
Heikinheimo (Finland), J Jernvall (Finland), H Magloire
(France), H Lesot (France), A Bloch-Zupan (France),
M Goldberg (France), F Bleicher (France), J-Y Sire (France),
R Peterkova (Czech Republic), R Radlanski (Germany),
E Witten (Germany), D Deutsch (Israel), H Harada (Japan),
S Iseki (Japan), N Suda (Japan), H-S Jung (Korea), P
Sharpe (UK), T Smith (UK), H Peters (UK), M Smith (UK),
K Fried (Sweden), T Bronckers (Netherlands), T Mitsiadis
(Switzerland), M Snead (USA), Y Chai (USA), A Veis (USA),
YP Chen (USA), M Bei (USA), K Tompkins (USA), R D!Souza
(USA), P DenBesten (USA)