The International Team for Implantology (ITI) was founded in 1980 by 12 experts planning ahead for the future of their field. Their objective was an alliance of specialists to pursue research and development in an important and as yet untapped medical area on a voluntary and idealistic basis. Today, the ITI has more than 15,000 Fellows and Members. Through its growing number of national Sections, the ITI ensures the exchange of expertise and know-how via a modern, quality-conscious end efficient network.
Over 30 years the ITI has built a reputation for scientific rigor coupled with a strong patient focus. The organization supports the premise of well documented treatment guidelines backed by extensive clinical testing and long-term results. The ITI’s more than 800 Fellows, who form the core of the organization, contribute their time, energy and skills and are driven by a strong sense of responsibility and idealism.
The principal architects of the ITI were Professor André Schroeder from Bern, and Dr. h.c. Fritz Straumann from Waldenburg. According to Professor Schroeder, “Medical research needs independence, open space and opportunities for discussion.” These three components are cornerstones of the ITI and have contributed significantly to the rapid development and success of implant dentistry.
Membership is growing, the tally of publications and educational events is rising and the organization has been restructured for the future. However, the ITI’s two fundamental principles remain unchanged: scientific independence and non-profit-oriented thinking. At the heart of the ITI lie science, idealism and concern for patients. This is guaranteed by the ITI’s Fellows and Members who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the ITI and its mission.