American Dental Association Wins Top Honors for 2012 Annual Session

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently netted three E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards at the ExpoNext Conference in Baltimore: the Editor’s Choice E.X.C.I.T.E. Award for best overall event, along with wins in Best Application of Content/Education on the Showfloor and Best Use of Audiovisual to Enhance an Event.

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“As the Chair of the 2012 ADA Annual Session, it is very exciting and a great honor to learn that our meeting was selected by E.X.C.I.T.E. for these prestigious awards,” said Dr. Kent H. Percy, Kennesaw, Ga. “Of course the credit for this meeting is shared by many people, especially the ADA staff whose advice and ideas contributed so much.”

Dr. Percy also acknowledged the pivotal roles played by his fellow council members and volunteers to make the 2012 ADA Annual Session a successful event

“It is impossible to say enough about the members of the Council on ADA Sessions who are selected from all ADA districts for their expertise in meeting planning,” Dr. Percy said. “This group worked tirelessly to provide the members of the ADA with the best dental meeting in our country. In addition, volunteers from the California Dental Association and the students from both San Francisco dental schools were all outstanding and kept the meeting running smoothly. The ADA Annual Session truly is America’s premier dental meeting.”

The awards recognize a variety of continuing education innovations, including the ADA’s unique Education in the Round (EIR) courses first launched in 2007. EIR programs showcase live-patient procedures in a fully functional dental operatory, giving participants the opportunity to experience step-by-step procedures from diagnosis to treatment. Another notable CE innovation at the ADA Annual Session includes state-of-the-art education on the exhibit floor.

Dr. Percy said he looks forward to seeing the same level of excellence at the 2013 ADA Annual Session, which will convene at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Registration is open for the convention that brings together leaders in dental practice, research, academia and industry to present more than 300 continuing education courses over four days. The meeting will kick off Thursday, Oct. 31, with the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series featuring President Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States and founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation. For more information or to register, visit

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About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website