Conference Panel Discussion

Monday, October 28, 2013
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Cutting Edge Approach of Digital Surgical Design for Prefabricated Flaps with Immediate Loading in Microvascular Reconstruction of the Jaws

Panel Description: The International Congress on Maxillofacial Rehabilitation will feature a special panel session on the cutting edge approach of digital surgical design for prefabricated flaps with immediate loading in microvascular reconstruction of the jaws.

Moderator & Closing Remarks:

Robert M. Taft, DDS
Deputy Director, Navy Dental Corps
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Falls Church, VA USA

Panel Members:    
Lawrence Brecht, DDS
Prosthodontics & Restorative Dentistry
New York Univ. College of Dentistry
Plastic Surgery (Maxillofacial Prosthetics)
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY USA
David L. Hirsch, DDS, MD
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
New York University
Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY
Harry Reintsema, DDS, PhD
University Hospital Groningen
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Groningen, The Netherlands
Hadi Seikaly, MD, FRCSC
Faculty of Medicine, Univ. of Alberta
Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Capital Health
Edmonton, AB Canada
Max Witjes, MD, DDS, PhD
Center for Special Dental Care and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands
Johan Wolfaardt, BDS, PhD, Mdent
Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine
Misericordia Community Hospital
University of Alberta
Alberta Health Services
Covenant Health
Edmonton, AB. Canada

Monday, October 28, 2013
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Behavioral Special Interest Group

Chiquit van Linden van den Heuvell, PhD
Center for Special Dental Care and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands



In the ISMR-congress in Bangkok, 2008, we presented on the subject of “the voice of the non-survivor of head and neck cancer”. As a reaction we were invited to organize an afternoon session during the congress in Sestri Levante, 2010. We were very happy with this request and we managed – by paying one of our speakers from own resources - to organize a session which many of you attended: “Patient involvement in treatment selection”. It was in this charming ambiance of Sestri Levante that a Behavioral Special Interest Group was formed, with colleagues sharing interest in patient factors in treatment decisions of head and neck cancer.

We intended to build on these experiences with a next afternoon session in the Joint meeting of the AAMP and ISMR in Baltimore. Unfortunately, due to the continuing lack of financial resources we haven’t been able to find speakers who could attend the congress on their own expense.


Of course we continue to be motivated discussing the topic of “Shared decision making in head and neck cancer”.  Therefore, we plan to meet as the Behavioral Special Interest Group of the ISMR, during an afternoon gathering on Sunday October 28, 17 – 18 h.

We would like to invite all colleagues interested in this topic.

Aim of the meeting is to explore how the Behavioral Special Interest can give life to subjects that are especially meaningful for this group during ISMR-congresses to come. Geert van der Laan, DDS oral maxillofacial from the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, is most willing to initiate the discussion.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Special Interest Group for Oral Hygiene in Maxillofacial Rehabilitation Patients

Richelle Chuka, RDH, MSc
Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine
Misericoedia Community Hospital
University of Alberta
Alberta Health Services
Covenant Health
Edmonton, AB Canada

Hester Groenewege, Oral Hygienist
Dept. for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands

Sabine Harck, Dip. OH
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Oral Hygienist with: Dr. D. G. Howes, PI Branemark Institure, Johannesburg, SA

Objective:  To develop an international group dedicated to improving maxillofacial rehabiliation relating to oral hygiene through the dissemination of clinical and research experience.


  • Opening remarks and introduction
  • Research related presentations (15 minute presentations)

Topic themes:

  • Oral and dental considerations for the head and neck cancer & maxillofacial rehabilitation patient;
  • Challenges and Care for the Osseointegrated implant oral rehabilitation patient;

      • 1. Head and Neck Cancer – Protocols for the Oral Hygienist as Part of the Cranio-Facial Team – presenter Sabine Harck.
      • 2. Tooth loss after conventional and intensity modulated radiotherapy for the treatment of head and neck cancer – presenter Richelle Beesley
      • 3. Dental Screening as work up for head and neck oncology treatment - presenter Hester Groenewegen

  • Open discussion - future direction of the special interest group (SIG) and outreach collaboration initiatives and modalities.

Visions and Goals: The ISMR is a group of interdisciplinary professionals dedicated to improving maxillofacial rehabilitation. The development of an international special interest group focusing on oral hygiene care has been established to initiate a team dedicated to the dissemination of research and clinical care for this unique patient population.

Presentation Objectives:

  1. To develop clinical processes and resources for oral maxillofacial hygiene in patients with cancer, congenital and acquired conditions of the head and neck.
  2. To collaborate internationally to improve maxillofacial rehabiliation patient care through dissemination of research and clinical care.
  3. To develop a platform for members to collaborate internationally to share their knowledge through education, research and outreach in the field of maxillofacial rehabilation.
  4. To  generate research questions based on clinical issues encountered and integrate evidence-based reasearch into clinical practice.
  5. To build upon the current SIG initiatives and discuss the prospective development and recommendations for the special interest group.