Basel is a hotspot for art and architecture, and dentistry is a kind of art. Switzerland plays an important role in implant dentistry which is constantly evolving towards digitization and has to deal with increasing patient expectations. Urs Belser’s hope for the future of our field is that prevention and biological thinking become center stage, with “high-tech” restorative approaches coming into effect at the end of the chain.
Prof. Urs Belser graduated from the Dental Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he also did postgraduate specialty training in reconstructive dental medicine (board-certified specialist). At the University of Zurich (Chairman: Prof. Dr. Peter Schaerer, M.S.), he was Assistant Professor and then Senior Lecturer at the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics and Dental Materials from 1976 to 1980. He was a visiting assistant professor (1980-1982) in the Departments of Oral Biology (Chairman: Prof. Dr. A.G. Hannam) and Clinical Dental Sciences (Chairman: Prof. Dr. W. A. Richter), Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia (Canada). Between 1983 and 2012, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics and Occlusion at the University of Geneva School of Dental Medicine and President of the Swiss Association of Prosthetic Dentistry from 1984 to 1988. In 2002: he received the Scientific Research Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He was President of the European Association of Prosthodontics (EPA) from 2002 to 2003. In 2006 he was a visiting professor at Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine (Boston, USA), Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences (Prof. Dr. H. P. Weber). From 2005 to 2009, he was President of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Geneva. Since November 2012 he has been a guest professor at the Department of Oral Surgery and Stomatology (Prof. Dr. D. Buser), and Department of Fixed Prosthodontics (Prof. Dr. U. Braegger), School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern. In April 2013, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the ITI and Editor-in-Chief of the ITI’s Forum Implantologicum. In November 2014, he received Honorary Membership and Lecturer of the Year Award from the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP). His research activities in the fields of implant dentistry focus on esthetics and the latest developments in the field of CAD/CAM technology and high performance dental ceramics, as well as on adhesive reconstructive dental medicine.