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The 5th "Aozora" Seminar Announcement

The Aozora seminar was inaugurated 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. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the seminar. It has become increasingly international over the years. Young regular members have been actively involved in planning of the seminar, contributing to the ever-increasing liveliness. Please visit the Aozora-Nakanuki Study Group website ( for further details.
Our catch phrase is "Regional & Generational Exchange of Orthdontic Ideas".
This year's theme is "Class III treatment in growing children". The seminar will invite Dr. Somchai, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. She spoke on the same theme in her well-received lecture at APOC (Asian Pacific Orthodontic Congress) 2008. The seminar will take place near Osaka Castle according to the following schedule. 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 Nov. 29 (Sun) to 3:30PM on Dec. 1 (Tue), 2009


Hotel Osaka Castle
1-1 Tenmabashi-Kyomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0032, Japan
Phone +81-6-6942-2401 Fax +81-6-6949-9043
(Right atop Tenmabashi Station, adjacent to Keihan Shopping Mall)


Aozora Group (President: Gakuji Ito, Professor Emeritus Kagoshima University)


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


\30,000, which includes the fee for the open special lecture by Dr. Somchai Satravaha, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics, Mahidol University, Thailand (WFO Executive Committee member).

Accommodation fee

(2 nights and 6 meals): \25,000-\30,000 (depending on the room type, a request for which may not be met if unavailable)

Application deadline

Oct. 31, 2009

Applications and inquiries to

Dr. Shigeyori Inage (Aozora Group Coordinator)


"Class III treatment in growing children"

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

"Congratulations to the Fifth Aozora Seminar"
The Aozora Seminar is celebrating its fifth anniversary. This is a good opportunity to reflect on its progress and envision the future.

Invited lecture from overseas: Dr. Somchai Satravaha, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics, Mahidol University, Thailand

Lecture 1

"Graduate orthodontic education I have received and I offer to my students"

Lecture 2

"My philosophy and cases of Class III treatment"

Lecture 2, which is of clinical significance, will be open to non-participants of the Aozora Seminar as well. The date and time is 4PM-6:15PM, Nov. 29 (Sun) and the fee is \5,000 (\3,000 for students). The lecture will be followed by a reception, which is also open to all attendees (reception fee \5,000)

Application deadline : Oct. 31, 2009

Application to

Dr. Shigeyori Inage (Aozora Group Coordinator)

Special lecture: "Oral cancers and radiotherapy"

By Prof. Sohei Furukawa (Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Graduate School of Dentistry, Osaka University)
Prof. Furukawa is a leader in the field of oral cancer radiotherapy. He has been actively engaged in the preservation of oral function to enhance patient QOL. Prof. Izumi presented up-to-date information on periodontal treatment last year. This year's special lecture will offer a golden opportunity for us to hear the latest firsthand information on oral cancers and rediscover the importance of oral function.

Theme discussions

Group discussion

Cases will be presented by regular members and discussed in small groups.

Case conference

Cases brought by participants will be discussed in group and/or 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