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The 7th "Aozora" Seminar Announcement

The Aozora seminar was inaugurated in 2005 by six experienced orthodontists as volunteers with an objective to set up a forum where young orthodontists, a key driving force for future dentistry, gather across different universities, schools of thoughts and countries to promote friendship, share concerns and exchange opinions by lodging together under the same roof.
The last year' meeting was held in Taiwan, reflecting the increasing international flavor of the seminar. Visit our website ( for further details.

The 7th Aozora seminar for this year will take place at Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel in Inuyama City, Aichi, Japan. The hotel is located on the scenic Kiso River and provides the visitors with a somewhat luxurious atmosphere. Our catch phrase is "Friendship & cultural exchange in Asian-Pacific Orthodontics". The participants are encouraged to have active discussions with their colleagues from the Asia-Pacific region.

This year' theme is "anagement of adult Class III cases--Surgery or Non-surgery". The participants are asked to bring Class III cases with the ANB angle of around minus 3 degrees. The seminar will invite Prof. Tian-Min Xu from the Department of Orthodontics, Peking University School of Stomatology for a special invited lecture from overseas. Prof. Xu will introduce to us the current status of orthodontic education in the rapidly evolving Chinese orthodontic community and Captivating Orthodontic Anchorage.

Every participant will be asked to be a staff member and play a part in running this participatory seminar over three days and two nights, so that all participants will spend enjoyable and meaningful time together towards the realization of their dreams.


1PM on Dec. 4 (Sun) to 3:00PM on Dec. 6 (Tue), 2011 (3 days & 2 nights)


Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel
107-1 Inuyamakitakoken, Inuyama, Aichi 484-0082, Japan
Phone +81-568-61-2211 Fax +81-568-62-5750


Aozora Group (Head: Gakuji Ito)


Young aspiring orthodontists who have completed an orthodontic graduate program and are board-certified or working toward board certification with 3 to 10 years of clinical orthodontic experience.

Maximum number

30 participants from Japan and 10 from overseas


30,000yen, which includes the fee for the open special lecture by Dr. Takeshi Nishiyama.

Accommodation fee

44,400yen for a Western-style single room for a single person (only 8 rooms available): 33,900yen for a Western-style double room for two people
(2 nights and 6 meals included: Western-style dinner party for 1st night and Japanese-style dinner party for 2nd night)

Application deadline

Oct. 31, 2011

Applications and inquiries to

Dr. Shigeyori Inage (Aozora Group Coordinator)


"Management of non-growing Class III cases --Surgery or Non-surgery--"

Keynote lecture: Prof. Gakuji Ito, (Head of Aozora Group)

"Footprints and Dreams of Aozora Seminar in the Asian-Pacific"

Invited lecture from overseas: Prof. Tian-Min Xu (Dept. Orthodontics. Peking Univ., China)

Lecture 1:

"Orthodontic Education in Peking University""

Lecture 2 :

"Captivating Orthodontic Anchorage"

Open special lecture

Associate Professor Takeshi Nishimura (Primate Research Institute Kyoto University, Dept. of Evolution and Phylogeny)Topic: Evolutionary competition of respiration, deglutition and speech.
The open special lecture, which is of clinical significance, will be open to non-participants of the Aozora Seminar as well.
The date and time is 6PM-7:30PM, Nov. 29 (Sun) and the fee is 5,000yen (3,000yen for students). The lecture will be followed by a reception, which is also open to all attendees (reception fee 5,000yen).

Theme discussions

Cases presented by regular members and cases brought by participants will be discussed in small groups and plenary sessions.


PDF/Seminar Program

Case Presentation Form
Case Presentation Form.ppt(136KB)

References for Case Presentation

1)Smith.SW et al 1999.pdf(332KB)
2)Mergen.J et al 1999.pdf(352KB)
3)Jiang.J et al 2005.pdf(560KB)
4)Fogle.L et al 1998.pdf(800KB)

Aozora Study Group