At the conclusion of the 2nd Asian Pacific Periodontal Symposium held in Tokyo on 15 October, 1993, the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology was formed with representatives from 14 countries in the Asian Pacific region present.
The establishment of this group is an important event as it now provides a forum for us to discuss periodontology as it affects our particular regions. It is clear that we have a solid research, clinical and educational base from which to operate. To date, eleven symposia have been held under the title "Asian Pacific Periodontal Symposium". These have been very successful meetings with participants being derived solely from the Asian Pacific region.
One of the principal objectives of this Society is to foster collegiality, friendships and perhaps collaborations. The group is very diverse, ranging in differences in culture, socioeconomic and religions. These have particular ramifications for the manifestation of the periodontal diseases, their treatment and long term management. Such a mix is unique and provides an opportunity for us all to learn from each others diverse experiences.
Membership of this Society is open to anyone who possesses a dental, medical or veterinary degree and has an interest in periodontology. In the interests of advancing periodontology in our region, I urge you to seriously consider joining this Society.