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Chinese dentists at Annual Session

January 16, 2012

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

Las Vegas—A bit of China came to the ADA Annual Session last year when the Peking University School of Stomatology hosted a reception to celebrate the inauguration of its overseas alumni association.

Tao Xu, Ph.D., professor and dean, said the Chinese delegation was enthusiastic about strengthening its ties with the American Dental Association.

“There are quite a lot of our overseas alumni now practicing dentistry in the United States and Canada,“ Dr. Xu said. “The ADA Annual Session is a great venue for friends to reunite. The ADA is the largest dental professional association in the world and the Chinese Stomatological Association represents the dental professionals in the largest populated country in the world. I think both associations should work more closely to promote global dental health and further advance our profession’s skills and knowledge to better serve the community."

Dr. Xu and a delegation of faculty and staff from Peking University met with more than 70 graduates and former employees at the celebration. Dr. Xu expressed his great appreciation to overseas alumni and friends who passionately care about the further development of the School of Stomatology. He introduced the progress made in education, research, clinical service and preventive care areas and shared the vision and development strategy of the school.

Alumni expressed their willingness to give back to the school and made suggestions on how to provide concrete support to help further development at their alma mater.

At the 2011 Annual Session, there were 63 Chinese dentists in attendance, six exhibiting companies and six booths from China. The ADA has also collaborated with the Hong Kong and Chinese Stomatological Associations in publishing a JADA Chinese Edition, which is scheduled to launch early this year.

Reunion: Alumni from the Peking University School of Stomatology pose for a group photo at ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas in October.