Abstract: We are at the end of the first volume (the seventh of the EJPD) edited by the Italian Society of Paediatric Dentistry without the hard careful job of professor Curzon, the former Editor-in-chief, after six years of joint publication with the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.
The publication of 26 scientific papers and the submission for publication of many more, that are waiting the referees' advice, coming from Italy and other countries (Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and the USA) are the crowning achievement of the efforts of the new international Editorial Board and Assistant Editors. Some papers had Syrian co-authors, and this helps the diffusion of the Journal in the Mediterranean area.
We are proud of the interest demonstrated by our readers, who often contact the corresponding authors for further information about their researches. In the future, it might be interesting and useful to open our pages to readers and authors for discussions about research topics.
We would like to thank all the authors and the national and international referees. I personally thank each member of the Editorial staff, and above all Bruna Della Grisa for her kind continuous help. A special mention goes to the publisher's bureau: Sergio Porro, Director, for his kind support and Cristina Calchera for her attentive accuracy.
We are honoured by the broad acceptance of our readers and of the more than two hundred international Faculty Libraries that receive our Journal. The Bethesda Medline Index to Dental Literature and other Internet sites help its diffusion to international researchers and contribute to enhance and enrich the knowledge of Children dental health.
Our aim is to continue to open the pages of the European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry to more and more interesting papers coming from national and international authors.
In addition, this issue features the abstracts of the lectures of the Rome congress. We are pleased to let our readers know about the high scientific standard of this event. Some of the topics, about scientific researches, will be published in future issues. This is our contribution to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Italian Society of Paediatric Dentistry that operates for the benefit of the Children health.
The most important gift to the Italian Society is the Italian Government official approval of the new Specialty for Paediatric Dentistry. Paediatric Dentistry Specialty Schools are already recognised in some European countries (Sweden and Finland) and the Italian new law opens the way for other ones, like Belgium, France, Spain, UK, which have long traditions but no official status yet.