Invited as Keynote Speaker and Moderator:
Dr SM Balaji was invited to the 71st Indian Dental Conference organized by the Indian Dental Association-Odisha State Branch in Bhubaneswar, Odisha to deliver a keynote speech as well as to serve as moderator for a scientific session. The theme of the conference was “Accelerating Innovation and Fostering Advances.”
Dr. S.M. Balaji meets the Chief Minister of Odisha
The Guest of Honour, the Chief Minister of Odisha, Hon’ble Shri. Navin Patnaik inaugurated the conference at a grand ceremony. Dr. Balaji spoke with the Chief Minister regarding initiatives for increasing awareness about oral health in the state.
Moderator for Scientific Session at the Bhubaneswar Conference:
Dr. Balaji and Dr. Suresh Meshram then chaired a scientific session that featured Dr. Sandesh Mayekar, India and Dr. Yong Seok Cho, Korea, Dr. Mayekar spoke about “Functional Smile Designing” and Dr. Cho spoke about “Management of Sinus Membrane Perforation.” Dr. Balaji and Dr. Meshram presented the speakers with Certificates of Appreciation at the end of their sessions.
Prof. S.M.Balaji’s Keynote Speech:
In his keynote speech at the conference, Dr. Balaji spoke about “Principles and Practice of Vertical Alveolar Ridge Augmentation by Grafting.” Dr. Balaji’s session was chaired by Dr. Satish Bhardwaj and another eminent co-chairman. The moderators for the session presented Dr. Balaji with a Certificate of Appreciation at the end of his keynote speech.
A Meeting with Dr. Moule from Australia at the Conference:
Dr. S.M. Balaji met with Dr. Alexander Moule of Australia at the conclusion of the conference. Dr. Moule was also a featured keynote speaker at the conference. Dr. Balaji spent some time with Dr. Moule relating the steps being taken to increase awareness about the ill effects of tobacco on the human body in general and the oral cavity in particular among the rural youth in India.