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Posted October 18, 2010

1. In 2010, the Academy’s Vice-President Joe Harris (MI) was Chairman of the Awards Committee. The committee members were: Drs. Ernesto Acuna (Mexico), Dan Castagna (US Western Region), Jose Dahan (Belgium) and Kiyoshi Ohura (Japan). The Elmer S. Best Award is presented to a distinguished dental professional outside of the United States. He has made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry and/or society internationally. The recipient was Dr. Jose Carlos Elgoyhen of Argentina. In November 2009, PFA President Steve Hedlund presented this award to Dr. Elgoyhen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Orlando this past week at the annual PFA Awards Luncheon, the Dental Trade Award was presented to Kim Sung Youn, CEO of Mr. Curette Tech of Korea. Also, Dr. Larry Barrett and Dr. James Brophy, III received President’s Awards. Lastly, the 2010 Gold Medal Award recipient is Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford, Director of the American Dental Education Association. 2. THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SECTION: As Section Chair & Western Region 5 US Trustee, I pledged 8 new inductees for PFA Fellowship. N CA Section Fellows now total 225. Also, Faculty & Students from both UOP & UCSF Dental Schools were invited & honored with various awards. In 2009, a $5K PFA Foundation grant was used in this Section. ,

3. PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY: FOUNDED BY ELMER BEST IN 1936 & so next year is the 75th anniversary: President-Elect Hubert Ouvrard (from France & home of Pierre Fauchard) and has organized a celebration in Paris (7/16/11). The day’s events: C E program; Awards & New Fellow Induction; cocktail party with scenic boat ride on the Seine River; concluding with a banquet. The official registration form is in the upcoming Nov-Dec Dental World. If any interest in this event, please contact the Central Office: Plan to attend!

4. PFA and FDI: Delegates met in Chicago (2/25/10) for a discussions comparing and finding common ground for goals, commitments & possible oral health care programs. Representing FDI: President Dr Roberto Vianna, President-Elect Orlando da Silva & Executive Director Dr David Alexander. Representing PFA: President Dr Steve Hedlund, Trustees Dr Ernesto Acuna (Region 7, Latin America), Dr Daniel Castagna (Region 5, Western USA) & Dr José Dahan (Region 1, Europe).

Western Region 5 US Sections continue excellence in the Academy’s goals and objectives. Thanks to all!

Daniel M. Castagna, DDS, FPFA