In memoriam: Per-Ingvar Brånemark (May 3, 1929 – December 20, 2014)
January 8, 2015

In memoriam: Per-Ingvar Brånemark (May 3, 1929 – December 20, 2014)

The ITI honors Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a passionate researcher, educator and clinician who dedicated his life to opening up and pushing back the boundaries of the field of implant dentistry. He died in Gothenburg, his home town, on December 20, 2014 at the age of 85.

Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s name is synonymous with osseointegration – a term coined by him – and a vast body of research that reaches back over decades. Brånemark’s initial research focus was on how blood affects bone healing, this led him to a serendipitous discovery that when optical devices encased in titanium were placed in to the lower legs of rabbits, the titanium fused with the bone and could not be removed. He saw the possibilities, if well tolerated by the body over lengthy periods of time, for permanent dental replacements using titanium. His technique was first applied in the edentulous mandible, before encompassing the maxilla and going on to develop treatment methods to manage partial edentulism with implant-supported prostheses. It was many decades, however, before the principle of osseointegration gained acceptance by the medical community, but once established it proved to be a springboard for a broader range of applications within the body. Among these is the field of orthopedic applications in which Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s son Rickard is exploring methods to anchor prosthetic arms and legs.

During his lifetime, Per-Ingvar Brånemark was distinguished with honorary degrees as well as awards and honors, among them the Swedish engineering Academy’s medal for technical innovation, the Swedish Society of Medicine’s Soderberg Prize and the European Inventor Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He was known as a caring and compassionate man, with charismatic flair when expounding on the benefits of osseointegration and its predictability. Countless patients continue to benefit from his ground-breaking work that has been taken up by researchers and clinicians all over the world.

We are saddened by the passing of Per-Ingvar Brånemark and would like to extend our condolences to his widow Barbro, his three children Annika, Rickard and Christian as well as his four grandchildren.

ITI International Team for Implantology
ITI Headquarters
Peter Merian-Strasse 88
4052 Basel
Switzerland

Phone +41 61 270 83 83
Fax +41 61 270 83 84
E-Mail headquarters@iti.org 

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