From the President
Masahiro YOSHIYAMA D.D.S.,Ph.D.
Professor of Okayama University, Graduate School of Medicine and Dentistry
1. Establishment of this Society
With the recent advancement in biotechnology, the field of regeneration of body functions is seeing a flourish of research resulting in widespread anticipation for its clinical application. In dentistry, there are also many researches on the regeneration of hard and soft tissues being presented at academic societies. In addition to original restoration using Biomaterials, there is growing concern toward the possibility of establishing a completely new restorative method. However, since the span of research in Regenerative Medicine is wide, a specialized forum where related information is gathered and where researchers can exchange ideas is eminent. In dentistry, the standards of skills in Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry have been at high levels. Likewise, dentistry can take an initiative in the field of Regenerative Medicine by the accumulation of original technology.
Thus, to improve health and welfare of mankind through the advancement of Regenerative Medicine in dentistry, the Japanese Association of Regenerative Dentistry (JARD) has been newly established.
2. Regenerative Medicine Research in Dentistry
Periodontics, Operative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, and Implant each have there own stock of research in Regenerative Medicine. They are important achievements that contribute to the advancement of dentistry as well as regenerative medicine. Though these contributions share a common foundation in regenerative medicine, unfortunately they have developed only within the realm of their respective fields. This has made difficult the evaluation of this body of research from the common standpoint of tissue regeneration. From ancient times, Dentistry has developed on its own through the use of artificial prosthodontic materials in the restoration of oral functions. There is no doubt that the wealth of knowledge and experience stored so far deserves praise. However, would the continuation of this restorative method be the only way in the future? It is necessary to find a place for the development of tissue regeneration within the gkingdomh of artificial materials. Along with usual restoration using artificial materials, there is hope for the establishment of completely new restorative methods. Development in this new field is highly anticipated.