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6 October 2021

Foundation Nakao has been approved for application for FDI World Dental Federation Supporting Membership

Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health has been approved for application at its meeting on 22nd September 2021.

Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health would like to work with FDI World Dental Federation on projects such as “Oral Health for an Ageing Population” and for the realization of a truly healthy long-living society and a high quality of life by supporting research and analysis to improve global oral health.

June 2021

The 2nd
Foundation Nakao Grant Winners
have been selected

The 2nd Foundation Nakao Grant Application has successfully been selected.

Foundation Nakao have received many applications for Foundation Nakao Grant globally and Foundation Nakao have finally selected 7 Grant Winners for FY 2021.

The Foundation’s aim is to contribute to the realization of a truly healthy long-living society and a high quality of life by supporting research and analysis to improve global oral health and we hope that this grant will support this activity globally.

The 3rd Grant Application is scheduled to be open for 67 days from September 21th, 2021 to November 24th, 2021.

We look forward to your application and thank you for your continuing support.

April 2021

Foundation Nakao
Activity Report

The 3rd Foundation Board Meeting was held on Web Meeting connecting all regions in the world.

First, Management Board was held on March 25, 2021 and with all directors participating, 7 Grant Projects were selected from 159 Grant Project that were submitted last December.

Subsequently, Foundation Board Meeting was held in Luzern and 7 Grant Projects and Financial related matters were approved. We expect the announcement of Grant Winners to be made at the end of April when final confirmations are all completed. We are concerned of delay in compiling the future research results due to spending too much time in final contract stage because of COVID-19.

The 3rd Grant Application is currently scheduled to be open for 67 days from September 21th, 2021 to November 24th, 2021.

We look forward to your application.

April 2020

Restorative Options Decision Tree

A consensus of experts to guide the selection of restorative materials in the context of amalgam phase down

The management board of Foundation Nakao has initiated the “Restorative options decision tree” project to support the amalgam phase-down by providing dentists with clear options of alternatives to amalgam. In line with these ideas, and focusing on tooth-preserving procedures, the experts of the Foundation Nakao management board joined forces and kicked off the “Restorative options decision tree” project on the 19th of March 2020.  The decision tree presents their consensus to guide dentists in selecting the appropriate restorative materials not only according to physical and clinical properties, but also considering key aspects such as time and cost efficiency, patients comfort and expectations.

April 2020

The 1st
Foundation Nakao Grant Winners
have been selected

 

The 1st Foundation Nakao Grant Application has successfully been selected.

Foundation Nakao have received many applications for Foundation Nakao Grant globally and have finally selected 6 Grant Winners for FY 2020.

The Foundation’s aim is to contribute to the realization of a truly healthy long-living society and a high quality of life by supporting research and analysis to improve global oral health and we hope that this grant will support this activity globally.

March 2020

Selection of 2nd Foundation Nakao Grant Winners and Supporting Projects have began

On March 19, 2020, at the midst of battle against COVID-19, Foundation Nakao’s 2nd Management Board Meeting was held through Web Conference as IADR 100th Centennial General Session and Exhibition was suddenly cancelled. All of 6 Management Board Members from the world participated (Meeting was held at 8am in CET but some board members joined at 2am their local time).

There were total of 40 Grant Applications submitted to Foundation Nakao and 6 Grant Winners will be selected. Also there will be other projects that Foundation Nakao will support. The final decision will be made after the approval of Foundation Board which is expected to be in April 2020.

January 2020

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.

3. December 2019

The 1st
Foundation Nakao Grant Application closes

We have received many interests in Foundation Nakao Grant globally during the opening of applications and we are very happy to announce that we have received many applications from all over the world.
We will be in process to assess all applications and will be announcing the organization that will be receiving the Foundation Nakao Grant in the first half of 2020.

The Foundation’s aim is to contribute to the realization of a truly healthy long-living society and a high quality of life by supporting research and analysis to improve global oral health and we hope that this grant will support this activity globally.

We thank you for your continuing support to our Foundation.

29 August 2019

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

29 August 2019

Dental Tribune International
Interview and cover

“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

21 June 2019

First Management Board Meeting

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.

October 2018

Logo competition

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 CHF 4000.-.

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.