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The South America Section was formed in 1998. In 2000, Dr. Carlos Capmourteres became its President and the section continues to grow in membership and in the extent of neuromuscular dental education.
Dr. Capmourteres serves as Section President and International President-elect. His wife, Dra. Myraim Carballo, is Section Vice President. Both hold Professorships in the Universidad Abierta Interamericana Dental School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together with their members, they have brought Neuromuscular Dental education to the entire five year undergraduate curriculum along with post-graduate neuromuscular courses at the university in prosthodontics, TMD and orthodontia. Members bring neuromuscular education to the finest universities in Buenos Aires, throughout Argentina and to other countries in South America.
Two very successful ICCMO Congresses were held in Bueno Aires, co-sponsored by the University in 2011 and 2013 at the prestigious Military Hospital in Buenos Aires with international and Argentine speakers. The Dental School Dean is an honorary member of the Section.
On March 31-April 1, 2017, they hosted a very successful first ICCMO International Congress held in South America, with speakers from all ICCMO International Sections. This year was the first in terms of the number of Fellows (45) and Masters (5) receiving these ICCMO awards. Recipients represented South America, Russia and France Sections. Each Section President administered the “Pledge” to their own honorees in Spanish, Russian and French; another first.For more info please visit http://www.iccmo.com.ar.
In 2015, Dr. Masato Ikeda became the second Japan Section President, succeeding Professor emeritus Atsushi Yamashita who served for more than three decades as Section President and also as International President. Both have authored textbooks on neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Taro Aoki is presently the Japan ICCMO Section Vice President.
The Japan Section has played a major role in the growth of ICCMO and development of neuromuscular dentistry, hosting the 1985 ICCMO International Congress in Kyoto. Since then, the Japan Section has hosted four more International Congresses in Osaka, Fukuoka and in Kyoto in 2015. This Section publishes a Journal and conducts educational courses throughout the country. The 2016 Annual Scientific meeting will be held in Tokyo on October 30th, chaired by Dr. Masuno Saitou.
Dentistry in Japan was changed forever in 1979 when Professor Atsushi Yamashita, Chairman of the Prosthodontic Department at Okayama University School of Dentistry and formerly on the faculty of the Osaka Dental University, a respected leader in Japanese dental education, came into contact with Dr. Bernard Jankelson in Seattle, Washington. Realizing the value of neuromuscular dental concepts and practices, he developed educational programs in the university which spread to all the other Japanese dental schools and the ICCMO Japan Section was formed. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Ikeda, the ICCMO Japan Section continues to grow. For more information, please visit http://www.iccmo.jp.
The Russia Section of ICCMO was formed in October 2013. This young and rapidly growing section currently has 60 active members. On a biannual basis, the Russian ICCMO Section in collaboration with the Neuromuscular Section of the Russian Dental Association hosts a conference for Russian and former Russian Republic dentists. Every two years, the Russia ICCMO Section hosts an International Conference: "The Future of Dentistry Today". The last conference took place in May 2015 attended by more than 150 dentists. Regional events also take place in various Russian cities, as well as former Soviet Republics. In 2016, regional conferences are planned in Sochi (2014 winter Olympics host city), Petrozavodsk (city near St. Petersburg), and Yerevan (Armenia). Many of the doctors in our organization work with major universities in Russia and run joint research studies on the topic of neuromuscular dentistry. ICCMO Russia has published several research articles in major professional Russian journals, created video content promoting neuromuscular concepts and united dentists across Russia on social media platforms.
One of the biggest achievements of our organization was that we received recognition from the Russian Dental Association (RDA), and as a result in 2015, a neuromuscular section of RDA was formed. The development of a Ukraine sub-section under the umbrella of the Russian Section of ICCMO is in progress with a planned ICCMO educational conference in the Ukraine. For more information, please visit http://www.iccmo.ru.
Dr. Jean Claude Combadazou, President of the France Section, serves as Professor at the Dental University in Toulouse, France. He was instrumental in forming the France Section of ICCMO in 1986. Dr. Combadazou has been teaching concepts and clinical techniques of neuromuscular dentistry to dentists, dental students and other healthcare providers since1982. The Section hosted a very successful ICCMO International Congress in Toulouse, France in 1995.
The University of Toulouse Dental faculty has published scientific articles on neuromuscular dentistry. Together with Professor Christophe Ghrenassia, educational programs have been developed in the dental university. In September 2017, a new two year Master of Science in Neuromuscular Occlusion program will begin.
The First Annual General Body Meeting of ICCMO India Section for its official launch was held at the Cosmopolitan Club, Jayanagar, Bangalore on Sunday, 13th August 2017.
The ICCMO India section became the 8th section of ICCMO (International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics) on 30th March 2017 at Buenos Aires during its 19th International Congress. For over thirty-five years, ICCMO has been the global voice of scientific advancement and education in occlusion, neuromuscular dentistry, and TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment. The College was created as a non-commercial, not for profit organization to provide an open forum for the free exchange of ideas, practices, and research in the field of neuromuscular dentistry in an atmosphere of camaraderie and professionalism. ICCMO is a society of healthcare professionals with a common interest in the anatomy and physiology of dental occlusion, jaw function and orthopedic dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) with resultant symptoms in the head and neck. ICCMO is a professional organization committed to helping dentists better treat occlusion and TMJ/TMD pain patients using science-based technology and techniques utilizing state of the art biomedical instrumentation. Neuromuscular dentistry is a holistic approach where a harmonious relationship between teeth, muscles of mastication and TMJ is maintained.
The 22 founder members from all over India met with a single goal to pursue and spread awareness about the physiology of occlusion through Neuromuscular Dentistry and Biometrics. The constitution was adopted; the organization registration process was formulated, and the first team of board members for the organization was approved. Dr. Rajesh Raveendranathan was unanimously elected as the President while Dr. Tatu Joy E & Dr. Girish P.V were elected as the vice presidents. Dr. Asha Rajesh and Dr. Nihal Korambayil will be the Hon. secretary & assistant secretary respectively. The treasurer is Dr. Shankar. The executive members are Dr. Imthiyas [Chennai], Dr. Abhimanyu [Delhi] & Dr. Arun [Banglore].
Dr. Tatu welcomed the audience. Dr. Rajesh Raveendranathan, after being adorned the President’s collar by Dr. Tatu, spoke on how ICCMO India should formulate a protocol to help create awareness among doctors and patients alike about the importance of occlusion and its relationship with airway, posture, sleep and general well-being. Dentists should stop considering themselves as just “mechanical tooth-doctors”. Dr. Girish delivered the vote of thanks and adjourned the meeting after the official formalities were completed.