A two day Pan Global Symposium “PRESTO” on Esthetics, Maxillofacial Rehabilitation and Effects of Hormones Osteoporosis and  pre term low birth weight on periodontal health was conducted at Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Virajpet on 11th and 12th of September 2015. Around 200 delegates from various dental colleges across India participated in this event. The programme was an initiative of the Departments of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Prosthodontics, and Periodontics. The speakers for the programme were Dr. Sita Thaworanunta, Dr. Aruni Tilakaratne and Dr. Mithra N. Hegde.

Dr. Sita Thaworanunta, Assistant Professor at the Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Unit, Dept. of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Mahidol University, Thailand is a speaker of international repute.  She has lectured extensively on Maxillofacial Prosthetic Rehabilitation. She is currently Vice-president of the Thai Society of Maxillofacial Rehabilitation and Clinical Director of Maxillofacial Prosthetic Service at Mahidol University, Thailand.

Dr. Aruni Tilakaratne is currently the Professor in Periodontology in the Division of Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She has twenty years of teaching experience and many papers and publications to her credit. She has done extensive research on steroid hormone metabolism and periodontal healing.

Dr. Mithra N. Hegde is the Vice Principal and Head of the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics at A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore. She has been in the field of academics for the past 25 years and has extensive knowledge in Aesthetic Dentistry.

Dr. Rupesh, Chair, Department of Prosthodontics welcomed the gathering, Dr. Basavaraj, Head, Department of Prosthodontics and Dr. K.C Ponnappa, and Principal addressed the gathering. Dr. Sunil Muddaiah, Dean, Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, presided over the inaugural function.


1. Diagnosis, treatment planning and fabrication of orbital prosthesis: Dr. Sita Thaworanunta

2. Hormonal influences on periodontium:     Dr. Aruni Tilakaratne

3. Esthetic Dentistry: A clinical perspective:    Dr. Mithra N. Hegde

4. Prosthetic rehabilitation of auricular defects:   Dr. Sita Thaworanunta

5. Periodontal health in osteoporotic women:   Dr. Aruni Tilakaratne

6. Implant supported maxillofacial prostheses:   Dr. Sita Thaworanunta

7. Periodontitis and preterm low birth weight:   Dr. Aruni Tilakaratne

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