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The ITI's Board of Directors and four Committees are made up of Fellows from various disciplines and countries.

The Fellows who sit on the Board and the four Committees volunteer their time and expertise towards defining and achieving the goals of the ITI. As the ITI's industry partner, Straumann has up to two seats on the Board and each of the Committees.

These five bodies answer to the General Assembly that comprises all ITI Fellows and meets once a year for the ITI Annual General Meeting.

Board of Directors

The ITI Board of Directors oversees the mid- and long term goals and provides the strategic direction for the organization. It also oversees the ITI's finances and allocates funds to the Committees.

Stephen Chen, Balwyn, Melbourne, Australia President
Charlotte Stilwell, London, United Kingdom President-elect
Bilal Al-Nawas, Mainz, Germany Member at large
Bo Chen, Beijing, China Chair, Leadership Development Committee
Luca Cordaro, Rome, Italy Member at large
Eiji Funakoshi, Fukuoka, Japan Member at large
Lisa Heitz-Mayfield, West Perth, Australia Chair, ITI Research Committee
Dean Morton, Indianapolis, USA Chair, ITI Section Management Committee
Daniel Wismeijer, Amsterdam, Netherlands Chair, ITI Education Committee
Gilbert Achermann, Basel, Switzerland  
Guillaume Daniellot, Basel, Switzerland  

Education Committee

Education represents the core of the ITI's mission. The ITI develops, conducts and supports educational activities and projects for professionals in implant dentistry.

Daniel Wismeijer, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Chair)
Vivianne Chappuis, Bern, Switzerland
Anthony Dawson, Deakin, Australia
Chatchai Kunavisarut, Bangkok, Thailand
Alejandro Lanis, Santiago, Chile
William Martin, Gainesville, USA
Nikos Mattheos, Hong Kong, China SAR
Irena Sailer, Geneva, Switzerland
Daniela Felipucci, Basel, Switzerland

Research Committee

With an allocation of USD 2 million annually, the ITI finances research projects in implant dentistry and related fields. The Committee meets twice a year to review and decide on grant applications.

Lisa Heitz-Mayfield, West Perth, Australia (Chair)
Tara Aghaloo, Los Angeles, USA
Bilal Al-Nawas, Mainz, Germany
Juan Blanco Carrión, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Urs Brägger, Bern, Switzerland
Steven Eckert, Byron, USA
Reinhard Gruber, Vienna, Austria
Ronald Jung, Zurich, Switzerland
Johannes Kleinheinz, Munster, Germany
Michel Mallaun, Basel, Switzerland
Benjamin Pippenger, Basel, Switzerland

Conflict of interest statements

In order to clarify any potential conflicts of interest, the ITI Research Committee members have submitted the statements below.

Lisa Heitz-Mayfield, West Perth, Australia (Chair)
Professor Dr. Heitz-Mayfield reports grant support for a research project from the Osteology Foundation as well as lecturing fees from Straumann, Nobel Biocare and the ITI.

Tara Aghaloo, Los Angeles, USA
Professor Dr. Aghaloo reports receiving grant support from Straumann for a clinical trial.

Bilal Al-Nawas, Mainz, Germany
Professor Dr. Dr. Al-Nawas reports lecturing fees from mectron, dentsply, Straumann, Camlog and Geistlich. He also receives fees for his work as an Editor for Quintessence and Springer as well as grants for IIS from Dentsply and Geistlich, and a grant for a clinical study from Straumann. He is further active in the Osteology, PEERS and Camlog Foundations and is Secretary General of the DGI (German Society of Implantology).

Reinhard Gruber, Wien, Austria
Professor Dr. Gruber reports receiving grant support from the Osteology Foundation as well as lecturing fees from the ITI.

Juan Blanco-Carrion, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Professor Dr. Blanco-Carrion reports lecturing fees from Straumann, the ITI, and Mozo-Grau. He also reports support from Straumann, Lasak, Mozo-Grau and Camlog for research projects at the university.

Urs Brägger, Bern, Switzerland
Professor Dr. Brägger reports lecturing fees from Straumann and the ITI.

Steven Eckert, Byron, USA
Professor Dr. Eckert reports a financial interest in RODO and sits on their Advisory Board. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Ivoclar, in which he has no financial interest, and receives a travel grant from the company for attending an annual meeting. He lectures periodically for Straumann and also for Osstell and is participating in research with the Osstell. In addition, Dr. Eckert is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants for which he receives an honorarium.

Ronald Jung, Zurich, Switzerland
Professor Dr. Jung reports receiving grants and consulting fees from Straumann, Geistlich Biomaterials, Vita Zahnfabrik, and Karr Dental. He also received a grant for a preclinical study from Henry Schein.

Johannes Kleinheinz, Munster, Germany
Professor Dr. Dr. Kleinheinz reports receiving grant support from Straumann and the ITI and fees for lecturing for ITI, Straumann, Resorba, Medartis, Camlog and the German Dental Association and the German Medical Association as well as a honorarium for committee work for the German Board for OMFS.

Michel Mallaun, Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Mallaun reports that he is an employee of Institut Straumann AG.

Benjamin Pippenger, Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Pippenger reports that he is an employee of Institut Straumann AG.

Leadership Development Committee

The ITI fosters leadership by supporting clinicians in furthering their training in implant dentistry and related fields through its one-year Scholarship program.

Bo Chen, Beijing, China (Chair)
Gary Finelle, Paris, France
Georges Gebran, Beirut, Lebanon
Mario Roccuzzo, Turin, Italy
Martina Stefanini, Bologna, Italy
Gerhard Bauer, Basel, Switzerland

Section Management Committee

The Section Management Committee serves the interests and needs of the 30 national and regional ITI Sections by facilitating the implementation of the organization's overarching strategy.

Dean Morton, Indianapolis, USA (Chair)
Luca Cordaro, Rome, Italy
Waldemar Polido, Indianapolis, USA
Wolfgang Becker, Freiburg, Germany

ITI Presidents

The ITI President guides the strategic development of the organization and is elected for a four-year term of office by the General Assembly of Fellows.

  • Stephen Chen

    Melbourne, Australia

    since 2017

  • David Cochran

    San Antonio, USA

    2013 - 2017

  • Daniel Buser

    Bern, Switzerland

    2009 - 2013

  • Dieter Weingart

    Stuttgart, Germany

    2005 - 2009

  • Thomas D. Taylor

    Farmington CT, USA


  • Niklaus P. Lang

    Bern, Switzerland


  • Wilfried Schilli

    Freiburg, Germany


  • André Schroeder

    Bern, Switzerland