PAR Editorial Team Dialogued with Prof. Nils-Claudius Gellrich (Germany) on Exploring the Application of Computer-assisted Procedures in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery

The 23rd International Conference on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ICOMS) 2017 was held from Mar 31 to Apr 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. On Apr 1, Professor Nils-Claudius Gellrich, the Director and Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Germany, gave a wonderful speech entitled "Advanced computer-assisted procedures in craniomaxillofacial surgery: Where we came from and where are we going to?". He reviewed the application of computer-assisted procedures in the field of craniomaxillofacial surgery with detailed cases and data, his speech got many participating experts’ recognition, and then he further discussed on-site questions with several experts together. The editorial team (Rui-Rui Zhang, the managing editor; Xue Kou, the assistant editor) of PAR also had a strong interest in his report and it is truly a privilege to invite Professor Nils-Claudius Gellrich to make a brief interview on the application of computer-assisted in craniomaxillofacial surgery. Professor Gellrich explained the questions that they asked seriously and patiently, including the problems of computer-assisted procedures in craniomaxillofacial surgery, the factors that affect the design of 3D implants, the development of computer-assisted procedures in craniomaxillofacial surgery. Through communicating with Professor Gellrich, we have a better understanding of the problems and prospects of the application of computer-assisted procedures in craniomaxillofacial surgery. For more information about interview, please see the following video:

Interview questions:
1. Currently, what are the common problems during the advanced Computer-Assisted problems in craniomaxillofacial surgery?
2. What’s the influence of 3D-planning on implant design?
3. According to your experience, unadvanced Computer-assisted procedures in craniomaxillofacial surgery, where are we going to?
4. Do you have any more expectations in this technique?

Professor Nils-Claudius Gellrich’s Bio:

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Professor Nils-Claudius Gellrich is currently holding a director and chairman position at the Hannover Medical School, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in Hannover/Germany, since October 2004. Starting in 1982, he studied both dentistry and medicine at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. After acquiring his license as D.M.D. in 1987 and as M.D. in 1989, he started his specialist training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, in 1990. His major research interests focus on: complex reconstructive strategies in CMF surgery, tissue-transplantation and regeneration, tissue-engineering, patient-specific implants, computer-assisted planning and surgery, multimodal imaging analysis, neuroprotection and regeneration, intraoperative navigation. He is an acknowledged speaker, faculty member and chairman at numerous scientific meetings, conferences and courses worldwide.

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