Bologna 2013 | Conference on Craniofacial Anomalies

Craniofacial disorders come with in multitude of different forms and expressions. For the first time S.O.R.G. tried to cover the different pathologies and therefore give a comprehensive overview on the various craniofacial pathologies, which affect the cranio-maxillofacial skeleton.

The conference was a joint effort between the Bologna organizing committee under the lead of the local Chairmen Alberto Bianchi and Claudio Marchetti, who invited various Italian speakers of high reputation, and the S.O.R.G. Craniofacial and Orthognathic section and their Chairmen Peter Keßler and Alfred G. Becking.

Block I covered the topic on the development of the different craniofacial disorders and a critical long-term investigation on the possibilities and limits of distraction osteogenesis in this pathology. Block II was dealing with cleft and palate. P. Haers was presenting a thorough introduction on the classifications on cleft surgery, while guest speaker H. Kawamoto could lecture on his life-time surgical experience, treating all different forms of Tessier's rare clefts. Block III then mentioned the topic orthognathic surgery. The focus was lying on 3D imaging and virtual surgery planning and its setting into practice in real surgery later on. This is an important topic for G. Swennen as well as host A. Bianchi. The surgical part and the tension between function and aesthetics was then covered by G. Ferronato, A. G. Becking and R. A. van Teeseling. Working as an orthodontist, R. A. van Teeseling reported on moving teeth by miniscrews and miniplates in orthodontics, which is a topic often neglected in the surgical surrounding. A.G. Becking reported on his scientific study about the risk of condylar resorption while treating anterior open bite deformities and finally G. Swennen was closing the session reporting on the role of the chin in orthognathic surgery.

Close to 100 participants followed the invitation to travel to Bologna and filled the meeting room in Aula Bigari almost completely. Intense discussions provided a fruitful interchange among speakers and audience and were stimulating new fields of investigation.