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Registration Opens for the 2010 ADA Annual Session in Orlando

151st Annual Session to be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Oct. 9-12

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CHICAGO, April 7, 2010—Dentists and dental professionals can now register for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 151st Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition, to be held in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center from Oct. 9-12.  

The ADA Annual Session brings together leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry to present hundreds of continuing education courses over four days.  It features hundreds of exhibitors, its "2010 Distinguished Speaker," and excellent recreational opportunities over this Columbus Day weekend. Visit www.ada.org/session for more information.

"We look forward to welcoming professionals from every part of dentistry to the ADA meeting this fall," said Dr. Steven Carstensen, 2010 chair of the Council on ADA Sessions. "We’ve all worked hard to bring you the best dental meeting ever, set in convenient and exciting Orlando. Bring your family and enjoy the best the ADA has to offer in a fantastic, family friendly location. There’s no better way to make your dental future better than meeting with us this October!"

The ADA Annual Session offers attendees the choice of more than 245 relevant and topical continuing education courses, with more than 50% of lecture courses offered free with registration; entrance into the World Marketplace Exhibition, featuring hundreds of leading suppliers of dental products and services; entrance into the acclaimed "Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series;" and access to housing and travel discounts.

Opening General Session features best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell

The ADA’s Opening General Session will take place on Saturday, October 9 at 8:00 a.m., on the exhibit floor at the Orange County Convention Center.  Celebrated author Malcolm Gladwell will be the "2010 Distinguished Speaker."

Mr. Gladwell is known for his incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and valuable to business and general audiences. Author of three New York Times #1 bestsellers including The Tipping Point, Blink, and now Outliers, he was named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of its 100 Most Influential People.

"ADA Night at Universal’s Islands of Adventure"

The 2010 Annual Session special event, "ADA Night at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®," will take place on Sunday evening, Oct. 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  ADA attendees will have exclusive access to the theme park and each of the unique islands including Jurassic Park, Lost Continent, Marvel Super Hero Island, Seuss Landing, Toon Lagoon, and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, set to open in spring 2010.  The ticket price of $70 for adults and $55 for children (before Sept. 10) includes access to all of the unique islands within the park, a $10 concession coupon for use during the event, and other amenities. 

ADA offers discounts on housing, travel, entertainment and more

The ADA offers discounts on housing at more than 30 official ADA hotels in the vicinity of the Orange County Convention Center and Disney World®, in addition to discounts on air travel, ground transportation and rental cars.  Discounts are also available to Annual Session attendees for theme park tickets and Orlando-area tours.  Visit www.ada.org/session for more information.

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 www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.