Speakers & Moderators

Special Guest -  Leroy Chiao, USA

NASA Astronaut

Dr. Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander. He has logged over 229 days in space on four space missions, including six spacewalks supporting ISS design and construction. Educated as an engineer, he has held leadership positions in technology companies and startups. He is an expert on leadership and technology, and how to lead your enterprise to the next level.

In addition, Dr. Chiao holds university academic appointments, and speaks three languages including Mandarin Chinese and Russian. A father of twins, Dr. Chiao is also passionate about character-based education. He has been working with students and educators professionally since 2006.

Lisa Heitz-Mayfield, Australia

National Chair

Prof Heitz-Mayfield, an Adelaide graduate, obtained a Master's in periodontology (1996) and PhD (1998) from Lund University, Sweden. Her doctorate focused on periodontal and peri-implant regeneration. She received a scholarship to the Brånemark Osseointegration Centre, Sweden, and an ITI Scholarship to the University of Bern, Switzerland where she was Head of the Oral Microbiology Research Laboratory from 1999 to 2003. She was awarded the André Schroeder Research Prize in Implant Dentistry in 2002. Her positions include Adjunct Professor at the International Research Collaborative, University of Western Australia, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, and Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. She is the Chair of the ITI Research committee and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Clinical Oral Implants Research. She maintains a specialist periodontal practice in Perth.

Istvan Urban, Hungary

International Chair

Prof. Urban received his DMD degree and subsequently his MD degree from Semmelweis University School of Medicine and Dentistry (Budapest, Hungary) in 1991 and 1996.

He completed a full time program in oral surgery at St. Istvan Hospital in Budapest, Hungary (1992-1996). He completed his internship program in Periodontics at UCLA. After he graduated from the Fellowship Program (1999-2000) in Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, he was appointed assistant professor the following year. Prof. Urban teaches implant dentistry in the graduate program at Loma Linda University. He is licensed in the state of California (USA) and has a private practice in Budapest, Hungary.

Prof. Urban received his PhD degree in Periodontology in 2012 at the University of Szeged, Hungary. He is currently an honorary professor at the University of Szeged.

Prof. Urban has published scientific articles and text book chapters on bone regeneration and soft tissue reconstructive surgery around dental implants.

Mark Bartold, Australia

Prof Mark Bartold was Professor of Periodontics and Director of the Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre at the University of Adelaide from 1992-2017. Upon his retirement from the University of Adelaide he was appointed Emeritus Professor. Mark completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 1979 and also has Doctorates in Dental Science and Philosophy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the International College of Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Professor Bartold is a member of the Editorial Boards of 10 international dental journals, and Editor of the Australian Dental Journal. He has lectured nationally and internationally in over 30 countries.

Rino Burkhardt, Switzerland

Prof. Burkhardt runs a private clinic in Zurich, Switzerland, limited to Periodontology and Implantology. Additionally, he holds an associate professorship at the University of Zurich and honorary professorship at the University of Hong Kong. In the early 90’s, he was one of the first clinicians who introduced microsurgical techniques in periodontics. Today, he is a leading expert in this field with a clinical experience of more than two decades. Beyond his clinical activities, he actively participates in clinical research related to wound healing, periodontal regeneration and skills evaluation. He has authored several refereed articles and book chapters about the aforementioned topics. Currently, he is the president of the Swiss Society of Oral Implantology, the vice president of the Clinical Research Foundation for the Promotion of Oral Health and Board Member of the Research Group of Oral Soft Tissue Biology and Wound Healing.

Matteo Chiapasco, Italy

Prof Chiapasco graduated in medicine and surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Milan. He is an associate professor of oral surgery (Dental Disciplines) at this University and Loma Linda University, Los Angeles, California. He is the author of nearly 350 publications in national and international journals and fourteen books on topics of oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, some of which are published both in Italy that translated abroad. Is part of the Editorial Board and Referee of Clinical Oral Implants Research, International Journal of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery and European Journal of Implantology. He is a Fellow and was President of the Italian section ITI from 2007 to 2011, President SICOI (Italian society of oral surgery and implantology) from 2002 to 2004 and SIO (Italian society of Implantology) from 2014 to 2016, as well as founding partner the IAO (Italian Academy of Osseointegration and Oral Rehabilitation).

Janina Christoforou, Australia

Dr Christoforou completed her dental degree with honours in 2007 at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and commenced work in full-time private practice. She was awarded her Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in the general dental stream in 2013. She has completed her specialisation in Oral Medicine and Oral pathology from the UWA and has attained a Membership of the RACDS in the specialist stream of Oral Medicine. She has also been awarded Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia. Dr Christoforou is currently working as an oral medicine specialist in private practice and she is also involved in lecturing at the University of Western Australia. She is a member of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital multidisciplinary Head and Neck cancer clinic. Her special clinical interests include prevention and management of oral cancer, mucosal diseases and orofacial pain.

Michael Danesh-Meyer, New Zealand

Dr Danesh-Meyer gained his BDS and MDS (with Distinction) from University of Otago. He subsequently taught at Otago University and worked in private practice. From 1998-2000 he was Clinical Assistant Professor in Periodontology and Associate Scientist in the Laboratory for Applied Periodontal and Craniofacial Regeneration at Temple University in Philadelphia. While in the USA he was involved in research using rhBMP-2 for periodontal and alveolar regeneration. He has been involved in preclinical and clinical research involving GTR/GBR since 1991, has authored numerous articles and lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to tissue regeneration and dental implants. Dr Danesh-Meyer retuned to Auckland, New Zealand in 2000 and established the Institute of Dental Implants & Periodontics. He is a Fellow of the ICOI, ITI member, Lecturer for Global Institute for Dental Education.

Rachel Garraway, Australia

Rachel Garraway graduated from the University of Qld with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) in 1992. She worked in private practice in Toowoomba before returning to university to undertake specialty training in periodontics. She was awarded the Australian Periodontology Research Foundation prize for her publication on Periodontal Regeneration. In 1997 she travelled to London to accept a position in the Department of Periodontology at the Royal London Hospital. Rachel has spent time lecturing and demonstrating in Periodontics at the University of Qld Dental School and lectures extensively on dental implants and potential complications.

She is a Speaker and Fellow of the ITI (International Team for Oral Implantology), the former President for ANZAP (Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists) and a Member of the Board of Studies (Periodontics) for RACDS.

Wendy Gill, Australia

Dr Wendy Gill graduated from UWA in 1994 and spent 9 years in general practice before completing her Masters Degree in Periodontology in 2006. Wendy obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Perio) in the same year and now maintains a specialist periodontal practice in West Perth. She is a previous president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (WA), previous president of the Dental Study Group of WA, a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology, AOS member and member of numerous dental groups. Wendy co-ordinates a local ITI Study Club and is also the Western Australian representative for the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP). She lectures locally, nationally and internationally on periodontal and dental implant topics


Fritz Heitz, Australia

Dr Fritz Heitz completed his BDSc (WA) in 1990, and his MDSc in Periodontology (University of Melbourne) in 2000. After a further 3 years postgraduate study at the University of Berne, Switzerland, he received a Diploma in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (MAS). In 2003 he also was awarded a certificate in Oral Histopathology from the University of Copenhagen. In 2006 a Dr med. dent. was awarded from the University of Berne for his thesis on post-operative wound care. He has contributed to a number of international courses teaching periodontology and implant dentistry, as well as publishing several research papers in the field.  He has been a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI) since 2003. He is Past President of the Australian Society of Periodontology, the Dental Study Group of Western Australia, and of the Australian Society of Periodontology (WA Branch), Fellow Academy of Dentistry International and Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Sašo Ivanovski, Australia

National Research Chair

Sašo Ivanovski graduated with BDSc (Honours) from the University of Queensland Dental School in 1993. He subsequently completed a BDentSt research degree in 1995, following which he was awarded a National Health and Medical Research (NH&MRC) postgraduate scholarship and completed a PhD in 2000. This was followed by specialist training leading to the award of an MDSc in Periodontology in 2002. Sašo was a NH&MRC postdoctoral fellow and a Senior Lecturer in Periodontology at the University of Queensland from 2003 to 2006. During this period, he was awarded a fellowship by the International Team for Implantology (ITI) and spent a year as a clinical fellow at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. In 2006, Sašo was appointed the inaugural Chair and Professor of Periodontology at the Griffith University School of Dentistry and Oral Health where he leads the specialist training program in periodontology. He currently combines this position with his part time specialist practice in periodontics and surgical implant dentistry.  Sašo is a fellow of the International Team of Implantology (ITI), the immediate past federal president of the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS), and a past president of the state branches of the AOS and Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP). Sašo has published over 70 articles in  peer-reviewed international literature, has lectured nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards. He leads an internationally recognised research group with an interest in the biological aspects of osseointegration and periodontal regeneration.

Ronald Jung, Switzerland

Prof Jung trained in oral surgery, prosthodontics and implant therapy. He is currently Head of the Division of Implantology and Vice Chairman of the Centre of Dental Medicine of the University of Zurich Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science. In 2006 he was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, USA (Chairman: Prof. Dr. D. Cochran). In 2008 he finalized his habilitation (venia legendi) in dental medicine and was appointed to the University of Zurich. In 2011 he was awarded his PhD degree by the University of Amsterdam, ACTA dental school, in the Netherlands. In 2013 he was a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, USA. In 2015 he was promoted to full Professor for implantology at the University of Zurich.

He is an accomplished and internationally renowned lecturer and researcher, best known for his work in the field of hard and soft tissue management and his research on new technologies in implant dentistry.

Ellie Knight, New Zealand

Ellie is a periodontist. She graduated from the University of Otago in 2005, completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Periodontology with Distinction in 2010, and a Doctorate in Clinical Periodontology in 2013. She was a Colgate Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, and is currently working as a Professional Fellow in postgraduate clinics. Majority of her time is spent in private practice, at London Street Specialists, Dunedin (NZ). She is actively involved in speaking engagements in both New Zealand and overseas. Her research area of interest is NZ adults’ periodontal health and disease. She particularly enjoys the artistic aspects of periodontology, such as periodontal plastic surgery.

Jung-Chul Park, Korea

A/Prof Jung-Chul Park graduated from Yonsei University Dental College, Seoul, Korea where he studied periodontology. He was awarded a PhD from the same college in 2012 for his studies of the stem cells acquired from the inflamed periodontal ligaments. He was awarded an ITI Scholarship and visited the Eastman Dental Institute, UCL, London, UK. He won the André Schroeder Research Prize in 2013 and then returned to Yonsei University as a clinical research assistant professor. He is now a full time assistant professor at the Department of Periodontology, Dankook University Dental College, Cheonansi, Korea. He is an ITI Fellow and runs the ITI Study Club for Dankook Perio (Korea).

Greg Peake, Australia

Dr Greg Peake completed his undergraduate dental training at The University of Sydney and specialist training at The University of Melbourne. Dr Peake obtained additional qualifications from both the Royal College of Surgeons in England and Edinburgh, as well as a fellowship from The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He was awarded the K.G Sutherland Medallion for academic excellence in the clinical component of the Fellowship exam. Dr Peake’s practice is now limited to the surgical placement of dental implants and the associated procedures required to perform implant placement. He lectures extensively both nationally and internationally on dental implants and continues ongoing professional education both in Australia and overseas. A philosophy of excellence in all things extends throughout his practice and treatments. Dr Peake is a member of The American and Australian Academy of Periodontology, The European & American Associations of Osseointegration and The Australian Osseointegration Society. He was recently awarded a Fellowship in the International Team of Implantology.

Kylie Robb, Australia

Kylie has been instrumental in advocating for best practice in infection control standards while promoting the benefits of accreditation outcomes to hundreds of practice teams. She is a member of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control’s Education and Professional Development Committee, has a Master of Health Services Management in Clinical Leadership from the University of Technology, among many achievements. Kylie is a popular speaker, routinely presenting Infection Control and accreditation courses across the country. Kylie is a 2019 member of the coveted Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s International Ambassador Program.

Anna Sahafi, Australia

Dr Anna Sahafi (DDS) qualified from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2002. Dr Sahafi practiced in Sweden for a number of years before continuing to pursue her dental career in London working as a private dentist for almost a decade. The desire for knowledge and sharing knowledge has always been a natural fit for Anna. There is no doubt that her appetite for knowledge in the continued developments of patient care was cultivated during her time with many of the leading professors in the dental world. Moving to Australia provided the perfect platform for Anna to dedicate her next career move to dental education and training. Anna is keen to leverage and impart her experience to assist and develop the skills of others. 

Axel Spahr, Australia

Prof. Spahr is Head of Discipline Restorative and Reconstructive Dentistry and Subject Area Periodontics as well as Deputy Head of School at The University of Sydney Dental School. He is also Head of the Department of Periodontics at the Sydney Dental Hospital. He was the former Head of Periodontics at the University of Ulm in Germany and has worked at various international universities and research facilities. He has a further training in microbiology and molecular biology and extensive experience in basic science research, animal research and clinical research. A/Prof. Spahr’s research interest includes periodontal regeneration, bone regeneration, periodontitis and systemic diseases as well as antimicrobial therapy. He has lead large externally funded research projects and is collaborating with leading international research groups and companies in the field of periodontology, implantology and bone regeneration. He is author of numerous publications in international peer-reviewed dental and medical journals and has presented his work on professional conferences worldwide