It is with deep regret that we inform the death of our Foundation Board member Dr. Heinz Erni-Läubin on August 29th , 2019.
Dr. Erni-Läubin has been closely associated with the Nakao family for almost 50 years and played an instrumental role in establishing the Foundation Nakao. On behalf of the Nakao family I would like to express gratefulness for his dedication and outstanding support throughout these years.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his family for their loss.
We will officially announce the successor of Dr. Erni-Läubin in the Board of the Foundation Nakao, by the end of the year 2019, at the latest.
President of Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health
“Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health” was interviewed by Dental Tribune International. The foundation was founded by GC Corporation’s Chief Corporate Advisor Makoto Nakao in Switzerland. The interview covers the background of the establishment and its future activities.
Interview by Dental Tribune International
In this interview, the foundation announced that detailed procedure and the criteria for applying for funding had been decided at the board meetings. The foundation is commencing full-fledged activities at last and shortly announcing application process on its website.
*In 2018, GC’s Chief Corporate Advisor Makoto Nakao established “Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health” in Switzerland donating his own asset in order to make a further contribution to the global dentistry. Based on the belief that improving QOL is essential for realizing a true healthy ageing society amid this era of 100-year life and further improving oral health is the mission for current and future dentistry, the foundation operates with the aim of promoting academic research and clinical research on new treatment as well as raising awareness about new facts, in view of challenges in our environment as below:
* Promoting Minimum Intervention (MI) Concept
* Shift to tooth functionality (focus on functionality)
* Further promoting the 8020 movement to increase the number of people with more than 20 own teeth at the age of 80
* Prevention of oral frailty
* Improvement of oral health among people across the world
On 21 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, Mrs. Makiko Nakao, President of the Foundation Board and Mr Makoto Nakao gathered together the board members of Nakao Foundation for the very first time. The purpose of the meeting was to outline the main objectives of the foundation and allocate roles and duties among the attendees.
The Nakao Foundation was initially established in Luzern in 2018 with the mission to contribute to the realization of a “truly healthy long-living society” and a “high quality of life”. To achieve these objectives the foundation will promote academic research, support clinical studies and education programs.
The foundation is managed by Founding Board and Management Board. Each of them has six members. The Founding Board oversees the administration. It already met for the first time in April 2019. The Management Board’s task is to supervise the progress of research themes and education programs. The members of the Management Board are Dr. Kiyotaka Nakao (Chairman), Prof. Reinhard Hickel (Ludwig-Maximilien University), Prof. Marco Ferrari (University of Sienna), Prof. Clark Stanford (University of Illinois), Prof. Eric Reynolds (University of Melbourne), Prof. Keiichi Sasaki (Tohoku University).
At this meeting, the board discussed at length the process of application for funding. It was decided that the funding provided should support valuable research, not for profit and supporting people. Exact details of the procedure and call for applications will be issued at a later stage.
The next meeting of the Management Board will take place in Washington, DC during IADR 2020.
To involve all GC associates in the Foundation’s activities from the very beginning, a design competition was organised for the Foundation’s logo. The winner will be announced in January 2019 and will be award CHF4000. All file formats were accepted, incl. hand drawing to insure that everyone can take part. Some 84 GC associates participated, sending divers and accomplished projects.