Join ADAMember Log In

Registration Opens for ADA’s 150th Annual Session in Hawaii

150th ADA Anniversary celebration, cutting-edge technology, learning opportunities

Contact Information:

Telephone: 312-440-2806
E-mail: (Journalists) or Contact ADA (All Others)

CHICAGO, April 9, 2009—Dentists and dental professionals can register now for the American Dental Association's (ADA) 150th Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition, held in Honolulu's Hawaii Convention Center from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. Online registration is available at

"This year's Annual Session continues its great tradition of bringing unique learning opportunities, cutting-edge technology, and the newest and most popular dental products and services," said Dr. Robert Skinner, 2009 chair of the Council on ADA Sessions. "We're also excited to have Academy-award winning actor Sidney Poitier, who will serve as our 'Distinguished Speaker'."

Access to innovative learning, leading technology and marketplace of ideas

The ADA Annual Session offers attendees the choice of more than 180 relevant and topical continuing education courses, the majority of which are free with registration. Registration also includes entrance into the World Marketplace Exhibition, featuring more than 350 of the leading suppliers of dental products and services, and access to the acclaimed "Distinguished Speaker Series."

"Join us in Hawaii to take advantage of these outstanding offerings, help observe the 150th anniversary of the ADA and, at the same time, celebrate the accomplishments of our great profession," urged Dr. Skinner.

Opening General Session on Sept. 30, features Academy-award winner Sidney Poitier

The ADA's Opening General Session takes place on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Waikiki Shell and features Sidney Poitier, the "2009 Distinguished Speaker," along with Hawaiian cultural performances and a special tribute to the ADA's 150th anniversary.

Poitier, an Academy Award-winning actor is a writer, director, and diplomat (Bahamas' ambassador to Japan and UNESCO). He has been a political and artistic trailblazer for more than half a century. Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is sponsor of the "Distinguished Speaker Series."

Annual Session festivities to culminate ADA's 150th birthday celebration

The ADA launched the celebration of its 150th anniversary at its 149th Annual Session in San Antonio last October. Annual Session attendees can join their colleagues in helping the ADA culminate its 150th birthday at "An Evening under the Stars" on Friday, Oct. 2 from 7:30–9:30pm. The famed Waikiki Shell is site of the celebration, featuring spectacular Hawaiian music and culture against the backdrop of Diamond Head Crater, one of the state's most famous landmarks.

ADA's One Source available for travel, housing

New for 2009, the ADA's One Source is available to provide expert advice on registration, housing and travel. Visit for more registration information. By dialing Experient at 1-800-974-2925, attendees can get a customized travel itinerary, including the best inter-island planning and access guaranteed lowest room rates in Honolulu at over 40 official ADA hotels.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website