The annual John McLean symposium had a record turnout this year at Prospero House. Organised by Dr David Winkler and Prof Avijit Banerjee in tribute to the late, great John McLean, the leading dental practitioner and internationally renowned dental materials scientist, author and lecturer, the symposium attracted students and experienced clinicians alike on a day of academic learning and clinical excellence.
Professor Avijit Banerjee opened the meeting to welcome all delegates with an update and appeal for recruitment for the Caries Script NIHR Trial.
Professor Mike Lewis turned his 90 minute lecture into an entertaining quiz on oral medicine and pathology adding some highly valuable and clinically relevant updates on current research on various conditons. Congratulations to Evie Saffs for top marks in the room!
It was gratifying to be able to welcome Spanish sister and brother team of Dr Debora Reuss (Orthodontics) and Dr Jose Reuss (Implantology) from the Villaboa clinic in Madrid for a high tech masterclasss on the treatment of complex interdisciplinary cases of facial deformity and orthognathic challenges. This amazing family practice has a long and distinguished family line with founders Debora and Beatriz Villaboa and it was a pleasure to be able to welcome our friends from the European Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry to London.
The experienced and ever-communicative Dr Robert Oretti informed on the theory and practice of managing periimplantitis with some very clearly presented guidelines and strategies, dispelling myths and preparing us for the tsunami of cases that will inevitably come our way as the dental implant population increases every year.
Dr Subir Banerji showed us how to make the most of aesthetic composites in clinical practice and the uses of composite reson for stabilisation of difficult cases.
Finally Professor Salvatore Sauro from Valencia, Spain looked at improvements in adhesive restorative materials and discussed some of their shortcomings. The level of incredible skill applied in the laboratory to study the microscopic world of bonding became apparent as Professor Sauro went through the various factors that can affect bonding at the sub-micron level.
The day was rounded off by John McLean’s daughter Dee McLean who thanked the organisers for a superb day of learning and making new friends and colleagues.
The next McLean Symposium will be held before the next King’s Alumni weekend on Friday 5th March 2021.