ADA Annual Session Expected to Draw 33,000 Attendees to San Francisco Oct. 18-21

WHAT: More than 33,000 attendees from 83 different countries are scheduled to participate in the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 153rd Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition at the Moscone Center and downtown hotels Oct. 18-21. The meeting brings together leaders in dental practice, research, academia and industry to present continuing education courses and product exhibits. View the Annual Session press kit online.

VISUALS: Opening General Session – Oct. 18, 7:50 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Moscone Center West, Level 1
The convention kicks off with the Distinguished Speakers Series featuring renowned political commentators Robert Reich and George F. Will. The ADA will also honor the winners of the Humanitarian Award and the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research. News cameras are welcome 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. but limit flash photography to the first 2 minutes of Reich and Will’s presentation.

World Marketplace Exhibition–Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Moscone Center North and South
Attendees can explore, compare and purchase the latest dental products of more than 600 leading suppliers and service providers. Exhibits are open Oct. 19-20, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Continuing Education – Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Moscone North, South, West. There will be more than 280 continuing education courses, more than 60 hands-on workshops including six live-patient courses in the “Education in the Round” learning format and a variety of high-tech courses in the ADA CE Hub. A new hands-on cadaver workshop is scheduled at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Oct. 18-21.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lydia Hall,, 312.440.2806 Chicago; 415.978.3500 San Francisco, Oct. 17-20. The Press Office at Moscone Center North, Exhibit Level, Rm 111, Oct. 17, 2pm-4pm; Oct. 18, 7:15am – 4:30pm; Oct. 19, 8:30am-4:30pm; Oct 20 8:30am-noon. Reporters must visit the press office to receive press credentials before attending the meeting.