40 Years ITI

Celebrate the ITI’s rich pioneering heritage and join us as we shape an inspiring future

Welcome to the ITI’s 40th birthday website.

We have set up this interactive virtual space so that everyone with a connection to the ITI can pay us a visit, browse or get interactive. We have been around for a long time so we have a number of items that allow you to trace our history in different degrees of detail. Read our book “40 Years ITI” that takes us from before 1980 and the establishment of the ITI up to 2019. Watch a number of short videos, where key figures talk about how different aspects of the ITI have developed over the years. Let our illustrated timeline guide you through the milestones of our history and browse our photo gallery. On a more active note, use the hashtag #ITIWS2020 on Twitter or Instagram to share your personal highlights with the ITI – you could see your post featured here! Or create a special birthday wish in video form and then upload it to the site. Finally there are prizes to be won if you test your knowledge of the ITI and take part in our quiz.

We are all having a difficult year, so why not take off a little time to relax, check out the site, share your thoughts and ideas with us and wish the ITI a happy birthday.

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6 videos, 7 experts, 1 organization - personal insights into our roots and history

40 Years ITI – A rich heritage for an inspiring future

At the age of 40, the ITI has entered a period of vibrant growth and purpose that centers around education and providing dental professionals with a comprehensive range of opportunities to extend their skills and knowledge. How the organization arrived at this point is treated in a history that looks at the people, events and milestones that defined its journey as well as outlining what the ITI is today. Click on any of the book’s 11 chapters to find out more.

Chapter 1:
The prehistory of the ITI: From experimental field to science

Read about the ITI’s pre-history and find out how the major players came together to exchange ideas before deciding to form an organization that would focus on the newly developing field of implant dentistry. The very first steps were taken by 5 scientists – Prof. André Schroeder, Prof. Wilfried Schilli, Dr. Herbert Niederdellmann, Dr. Gisbert Krekeler, and Dr. Philipp Ledermann – who converged on the Straumann Institute in Waldenburg to work together with Fritz Straumann who brought specialist metallurgical knowledge. The concept of ‘functional ankylosis’ developed by Prof. André Schroeder and published in 1976 in a landmark paper was central to the group’s work.

In 1979 Fritz Straumann proposed forming an association modeled on the Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (AO/ASIF) and André Schroeder provided the name: International Team for Implantology. Click here to find out more about the ITI before it became the ITI.

Chapter 2:
The ITI: History and development

Today the ITI is an international and continuously growing organization whose main focus is on education and providing professionals at every level of experience with learning materials, tools and guidelines. This chapter illustrates in detail the journey taken by the ITI to arrive at this point: From the small and exclusive German-speaking group whose focus was initially on supporting the development and testing of implants through successive reorganizations that expanded the scope of the ITI to the globally active organization it is today. Click here for the details.

Chapter 3:
ITI pioneers: Founding Members, Presidents, and Honorary Fellows

This chapter is a true “who’s who” of the ITI’s key figures that is rich with biographical details. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the ITI at its source. Among the 12 founding members were 3 specialist dentists,3 engineers, 2 maxillofacial surgical specialists, 2 technicians, 1 physicist and 1 marketing specialist. This mix of expertise also underlines the very application-oriented approach of the ITI in its early years. In contrast, the expertise of the 8 ITI Presidents to date is focused on specialist dentistry and maxillofacial surgery. Browse this chapter to find out more about the movers and shakers of the ITI, past and present.

Chapter 4:
Current organization and protagonists

Would you like to know more about how the ITI is organized? This short but important chapter gives you the lowdown on the ITI President, President-elect, and the Board of Directors as well as the ITI’s committees. Reading this chapter will help you understand how the ITI organizes its activities and what each committee focuses on along with a little background on how each committee has developed and extended its scope over the years. The ITI is changing and developing all the time, so browse this chapter for a snapshot of the ITI in 2018.

Chapter 5:

What started out as a small exclusive club in 1980 has grown to be a vast international organization with a membership of more than 18,000. In this chapter, find out why the ITI made a conscious decision to stay small for over 20 years before opening up to accept broader membership in 2003 and defining the two categories: Members and Fellows, along with the two additional categories of Senior Fellow and Honorary Fellow. Click here to find out more.

Chapter 6:

Since 1988 the ITI has invested more than 52 million Swiss francs into implant dentistry research by funding promising research projects with either a small or large grant. The recipients of these grants come from all over the world and many of them are not affiliated with the ITI. In return for funding, grant recipients are expected to publish their results in a peer-reviewed journal and in this way contribute to sharing advances in knowledge relating to implant dentistry. See which ITI studies have been most frequently cited as well as journal impact factors. To honor and support those researchers whose studies have arrived at important new findings, the ITI invites scientists to apply for the André Schroeder Research Prize that is awarded on an annual basis for clinical as well as pre-clinical research. Click here for more information on how the ITI supports research.

Chapter 7:

The main focus of the ITI is directed to ensuring that dental professionals have every opportunity to continue their education and fill in any potential knowledge gaps as advances in the field are made. The ITI has built up an all-round education offering with the aim of being a reliable source of life-long learning for its membership and the field in general. Track the expansion of this offering over the years from World Symposia, national congresses, ITI Scholarships, Study Clubs and Education Weeks to the ITI Online Academy and the ITI Curriculum. Today dental professionals choose the approach, duration and mode of learning that is tailored to their availability, learning style and needs. Click here for a bird’s eye view of all things education provided by the ITI.

Chapter 8:
ITI publications

The ITI’s 40-year history has been accompanied by the publication of diverse books, journals and papers, the majority of which appeared from 2000 onwards. The ITI’s first reference book came out in German in 1988: Orale Implantologie. Allgemeine Grundlagen und ITI-System. A few years later it appeared in English, followed by Italian, Spanish and Greek.

The new millennium marked the publication of the Proceedings of ITI Consensus Conferences - starting with the second and continuing to the sixth ITI Consensus Conference. In 2005, a twice yearly journal - Forum Implantologicum - was launched in English and is now translated into eight languages. Everyone knows the Treatment Guide series that was first published in 2006 and is now in its 11th volume in 10 languages.

Read this chapter to find out more about our publications, including one-off reference volumes like the GOMI and the SAC Classification in Implant Dentistry.

Chapter 9:

The ITI community has always had a policy of getting together with the aim, first and foremost, of learning something new and interesting, followed closely by having some fun and relaxing together. The Annual General Meetings, Consensus Conferences, World Symposia and more recently the ITI National Congresses are all designed to have a lively social program. After the focus and concentration of the day, each of these events provides participants with an opportunity to let off steam in the evenings. From dinner at unusual locations through sightseeing opportunities to competitive sporting activities, ITI events are an all-round thing. Click here for an overview and background to the ITI’s events.

Chapter 10:

Partnerships have been an essential aspect of the ITI’s history and success. The primary partnership that has played the most prominent role is that with Straumann. This chapter provides a brief history of some key figures in the Straumann Group, originally known as the Straumann Institute, and outlines how the Straumann family contributed to the development of modern implant dentistry.

The ITI’s other long-term partner is the Quintessence Publishing Group and the cooperation that began with the Forum Implantologicum in 2005 and was further cemented with the publication of the ITI Treatment Guide series from 2006 onwards. Read this chapter to learn more about the background to the ITI’s key partnerships.

Chapter 11:

Where are we now and where are we going?
Our field is changing rapidly in terms of both the technology and therapy available as well as the expectations of patients. The ITI is changing too. Read about the priorities Stephen Chen and Charlotte Stilwell are setting for the organization to ensure it is ready to meet the demands of the future.

To access the entire book "40 Years ITI – A rich heritage for an inspiring future”, click below

“Our aim is to place implantologists on a scientific footing and in particular to identify the true indications for them, so that they can ultimately offer real help in reconstructive dentistry.”

[André Schroeder, 1982]

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“We need to target education at a very practical level. We need to think not only about the top implant specialists, but also about general practitioners, since they make up the majority of our profession”.

[Daniel Buser, 2005]


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“The challenge in building up an ITI Section is to make our meetings so attractive that they go beyond the interests of individual implant systems and really tackle issues of interest to all practitioners.”

[Kerstin Fischer, 2005]