William V. Giannobile, PhD, will serve as president of the Osteology Foundation beginning in June for the next two years. The organization promotes research, education, and collaboration between universities and industry in oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration. Its objective is to develop new techniques and products available to practitioners quicker and with greater goal orientation.
A member of the Osteology Foundation Board since 2007, Giannobile is the Najjar Endowed Professor & Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in addition to professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He is the editor in chief of the Journal of Dental Research as well.
“I feel very privileged and honored by the board in recommending me to serve as president to lead the Osteology Foundation for the next two years. I will be doing my best to follow our outstanding presidents in professors Christoph Hammerle and Mariano Sanz, who have been excellent role models in setting a strong direction for the Osteology Foundation,” said Giannobile, who will focus on implementing the organization’s recently defined strategic plan.
“A key aspect is to expand our global presence in reaching out to our global partners, especially in Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East regions. We will also work to develop our well established presence in Europe and North America. We will build on our progressive programs in research, such as the Osteology Research Academy courses, and on our education programs, such as our National and International Symposia,” said Giannobile.