The 9th Sri Lanka Orthodontic Conference was held at Hotel Galadari, Colombo on 22nd and 23rd of February 2020.The theme of the conference was “ENHANCING DENTOFACIAL AESTHETICS and FUNCTION”.
The following Resource personnel contributed to the success of the conference by delivering guest lectures.
1. Dr Jim Hartsfield (USA), 2. Dr Mithran Goonewardene (Australia), 3. Dr Jane F McCarthy (Australia), 4. Dr Prem Premaraj (USA) , 5. Prof. Abbas Zaher (Egypt), 6. Dr NR Krishnaswamy (India), 7. Dr Anil Ardeshna (USA), 8. Dr T Sabesan (Sri Lanka), 9.Dr Charunee Khuttamarsri ( Rattanayatikul) – ( Thailand), 10.Dr. Sumithra Hewage (UK), 11.Dr. P Palipana (Sri Lanka), 12.Dr Ajit J Kalia (India) , 13.Prof. Amit Nagar (India).
The Pre-conference workshop was held on Interdisciplinary Treatment which was conducted by Dr Mithran Goonewardene (Australia) and Dr Jane F McCarthy (Australia) on 21st of February 2020. This was well attended.
The Ceremonial event to mark the Sri Lanka Orthodontic Conference 2020 was held at Hotel Galadari on 22nd February 2020 at 6.30pm.
Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, Sri Lanka was the chief guest and Dr Mithran Goonewardene, Discipline Head & Program Convenor, Orthodontics, University of Western Australia, was the guest of honour.
The third Dr Shanmuganathan Sivasubramaniam Oration was delivered by Dr. N. R. Krishnaswamy, Professor and Head, Department of Orthodontics and Vice-Dean, Ragas Dental college, Chennai, India.
We also published and released the 2nd edition of the Sri Lankan Journal of Orthodontics during this ceremonial event & a copy this edition was presented to the Chief guest Dr Anil Jasinghe by the chief editor of the journal Dr Mithran Goonewardene. This journal also was published like the 1st edition, in both printed and electronic versions. I hope readers would find this edition useful and informative.
The participants were entertained with a cultural program during the ceremonial event presented by the National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka. It was sponsored by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau. The event concluded with Fellowship and cocktails.
The Corona virus scare compelled a few listed speakers to withdraw their participation at our conference a few weeks before the event. We all understood and accepted their excuse for their withdrawal. We were placed in a difficult situation whether to postpone this meeting. We however forged ahead as most of the foreign speakers expressed their willingness to come without considering the risk of infection. I am deeply indebted to them for volunteering to take part to make this conference a success.
The Sri Lanka Orthodontic Conference (SLOC) – 2020, concluded on a triumphant note and it is evident by the number of complimentary notes being received. The whole event was a great opportunity for participants to accumulate a wealth of knowledge in the field of Orthodontics. Some of the world’s most sort after speakers participated as resource persons to share their knowledge in the current developments in the Orthodontic field. The event was a great success not only academically but also it paved the way for the participants to renew old friendships and make new ones.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all the local and overseas guest speakers, the participants who have presented free papers and posters at the conference, all the delegates, the sponsors and the trade participants to the conference. The main sponsor for this conference was Sunshine Healthcare Holdings Pvt Ltd. The other sponsors were La Solve (Pvt) Ltd, SS Dentopharma, GSK group of companies and Demed (Pvt) Ltd.
I also wish to thank many people who have contributed to organize this conference including the current SLOS Council, Staff of Hotel Galadari and the Event manager of this conference Asia Tours Pvt Ltd.
All Good Wishes, till we meet again at the next Sri Lanka Orthodontic Conference in 2022.
Dr. K. Paranthamalingam
BDS, MS Ortho., MOrthRCSEd, FDSRCSEd
President/ Sri Lanka Orthodontic Society
Chairman/ Organizing Committee
Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, Dehiwala.
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.
Date: 22nd and 23rd of February 2020
Location: Hotel Galadari, Colombo