The 23rd International Conference on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ICOMS) was held from March 31 to April 3, 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. ICOMS is the foremost academic conference in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The Plastic and Aesthetic Research (PAR) editorial team (Rui-Rui Zhang, the publishing manager; Xue Kou, the market assistant editor) took part in the conference, which was attended by more than 1,500 representatives from 77 countries and regions. International experts in the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery (including craniomaxillofacial, orthognathic, alveolar, and repair and reconstruction surgery), head and neck neoplasms and trauma, the temporomandibular joint, dental implants, cleft lip and palate pathology and care, and other specialties, gathered for in-depth discussions. The conference promoted the presentation of information on the most advanced academic perspectives, research results, and diagnosis and treatment technologies from all over the world.
Dr. Rui Fernandes, one of the associate editors of PAR, was invited to attend the conference as a speaker. Dr. Fernandes is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and he currently serves as the chair of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons education committee. He gave a presentation entitled "Expansion of oral and maxillofacial surgery: luxury or necessity?" on the third day of the conference. Julio Acero, the chairman of the lecture, spoke highly of Dr. Fernandes’ excellent presentation. In addition, other experts at the conference highlighted that oral and maxillofacial surgery applications will continue to develop and extend to more areas.
The conference provided the PAR editorial team with chances to learn more about the research status of domestic and international oral and maxillofacial surgery, hot topics, and research progress in related fields. The editors listened to a range of impressive speeches from participating experts, communicated with specialists about the latest research findings in the field, and then actively introduced the founding principles of PAR, and its history, current achievements, aims, and objectives. A number of experts voiced their support for PAR and actively expressed their willingness to contribute to its development in the future. In summary, the international influence of PAR benefited greatly from its participation in the conference, and we anticipate that a diversity of innovative ideas for the development of the journal will be forthcoming.