European Association for Osseointegration EAO
During the late eighties a number of concerned scientists, teachers and clinicians met in Munich at the invitation of Prof. P.-I. Brånemark following a clinical meeting on osseointegration.
They were of the opinion that many scientific meetings in the emerging field of osseointegration were being unduly influenced by commercial companies and were often organised by societies with little or no academic or scientific background.
It was clear that the necessary critical mindset towards the use of endosseous implants was mostly absent as signified by the term implantology and that the use of implants could become an end in itself rather than the means by which a successful rehabilitation could be achieved.
The meeting concluded that it was timely to form a European association -the EAO- that would serve as a critical forum for renewed an innovative scientists and clinicians to present their work on scientific and clinical aspects of reconstructive surgery and prosthetic rehabilitation.
The scope was widened to cover all medical and dental diciplines involved in osseointegration ranging from orthopedics to periodontology and maxillo facial reconstruction, and from ENT to radiology.