Keynote speakers

SSPD 2019 | 21 - 23 August 2019 | Åland, Finland

Keynote speakers

Matthias Kern, Professor, University of Kiel, Germany

Since 1997 Dr. Kern is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics, Propaedeutics and Dental Materials, Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel, Germany. In Dec 2011 Dr. Kern received the Schweitzer Research Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP). From 2012-2016 Dr. Kern served as President of the German Society for Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterials (DGPro). Dr. Kern serves in the Editorial Board of various peer-reviewed scientific journals and has published more than 400 scientific articles.

Juhani Laine, Adjunct professor, Turku University Hospital, Finland

Juhani Laine has specialized in prosthetic dentistry from the University of Turku in 1990, where he also completed his PhD thesis in 1999. Since 1991, he has worked at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, Turku University Central Hospital and is presently the chief dentist of the department. His clinical work and academic interest has focused on the rehabilitation of patients with congenital anomalies, oral cancer and posttraumatic defects. He is a frequent speaker in the postgraduate training and continuing education courses related to implant dentistry. Dr Laine is an active member in the ITI Education, both nationally and internationally, and he is the honorary member of the Finnish Association of Oral Implantology.

Anna-Maria Le Bell-Rönnlöf, DDS, PhD, University of Turku, Finland

Dr Le Bell-Rönnlöf is a teacher in the undergraduate prosthodontic education at the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Stomatognathic Physiology, University of Turku, Finland. Her work includes teaching preclinical prosthodontic courses, teaching in the simulation laboratory and research. She received her Licenciate of Odontology (DDS 1998) and Doctoral degree (PhD 2007) at the University of Turku. Her PhD thesis focused on fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) root canal posts which also has been the topic of her postgraduate lectures and courses. Her present research interest includes dental materials and FRC in endodontically treated teeth. She is currently supervising elective studies and PhD students. She also works as a private practitioner in a private clinic in Turku.

Murat Mutluay, Professor, University of Eastern Finland

Dr. Mutluay is Professor of Prosthodontics and Clinical Dentistry at the University of Eastern Finland,  Kuopio and holding a side appointment at the Kuopio University Hospital as a senior consultant. Dr. Mutluay is continuing his research at Adhesive Dentistry Research Group in University of Turku, Finland and has done extensive research on the durability of adhesive bonds. Dr Mutluay serves as a reviewer at various peer-reviewed scientific journals and has published more than 50 scientific articles.

Päivi Siukosaari, DDS, PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland

Päivi Siukosaari works as a lecturer in the University of Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from the University of Helsinki in1990.  In 2007 Päivi received her specialist degree in cariology and endodontics at the University in Helsinki where she also completed her PhD Thesis in 2013. Päivi has given numerous continuing education courses and lectures in Finland and abroad. She also works part-time in private practice limited to endodontics.

Johanna Tanner, DDS, PhD, University of Turku, Finland

Johanna Tanner is senior lecturer of Prosthetic Dentistry and Stomatognatic physiology in the University of Turku and senior consultant in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial diseases of the Turku University Central Hospital. In addition to university and hospital posts she operates as a part time private practitioner. She graduated as a dentist in 1995, received a doctoral degree in 2003 and a clinical specialization in prosthetic dentistry and stomatognatic physiology in 2008.

Her activities in clinical practice cover the fields of oral implantology, prosthodontics, restorative dentistry and temporomandibular disorders.  Scientifically she has focused in the field of restorative and prosthetic materials, and more recently also in temporomandibular disorders and facial pain. Dr. Tanner has a long experience in teaching, obtained from undergraduate and postgraduate education and continuing education courses.

Pekka Vallittu, Professor, University of Turku, Finland

Pekka Vallittu has earned his degrees in Dental Technology in 1988, Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy in 1994, received Adjunct Professorship in 1995 and specialized in prosthodontics and stomatognathic physiology (European Prosthodontic Association Recognized Prosthodontist) in 2000. Presently, he is a Full Professorship and Chair of Biomaterials Science in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland and works as Dean of the Institute of Dentistry at the University of Turku and as the Director of Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre (http:// He holds Honorary Professorship at the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam and Visiting Professorship at the King Saud University in Riayadh, Saudi Arabia.

Pekka Vallittu has over 520 ISI Web of Science Index original publications and over 160 internationally granted patents. He has been awarded e.g. by the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research by the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), the Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Big Prize and the Bensow-Äyräpää Prize.