Nakao Foundation News

Dr. Patrick Hescot has been appointed as the New Foundation Board Member  

The Foundation Board Member has approved Dr. Patrick Hescot, the former president of FDI World Dental Federation as the successor of Dr. Enri last December.

Dr. Hescot has been involved in public activity for Oral Health in France from 1981. And from 1997, he has been active internationally and was assigned as the president of FDI World Dental Federation from 2015 to 2017.  

Dr. Hescot has published many publication and we truly believe that his numerous achievement will be also demonstrated at Foundation Nakao as well.


Foundation Board member
Dr. Heinz Erni-Läubin passed away

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
Makiko Nakao


Nakao Foundation was interviewed and covered by Dental Tribune International

“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


Nakao Foundation First Management Board Meeting

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.