Abstract: As we enter the tenth year of publication of the EJPD we are aware of the importance of this goal. During these past years the Journal has underwent a few changes, such as a new larger format, consistent with other scientific international Journals. But above all we work to maintain our international style with the contribution of Italian and international authors, from Europe and overseas. This is the reason why we enlarged our Editorial Board with two international consultant editors from the USA, who will help us to assemble and select papers outside of Europe. We thank these professionals, well known in Europe too, for accepting the appointments: Stephen Moss and Franklin Garcia Godoy.
We are also glad to recognise as Editor emeritus the contribution of Damaso Caprioglio, first editor in 1990 of the Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, that was the first step that led, in the year 2000, to the publication of the European Journal.
The international collaboration is the policy of the Italian Society of Paediatric Dentistry (SIOI), that opened for the first time the sixth biennial Gallusi Prize to European candidates. The Prize was originally open as of 1998 to only Italian participants. As a result, last November the 2008 Prize winner was a French candidate from Strasbourg: Annelyse Garret, who graduated and is operating at the Strasbourg Faculty with Professor Marie-Cécile Manière.
The Prize recognises the last two years spent in favour of Paediatric Dentistry by researches, publications, thesis, stages, practice and any other scientific or professional activity, offering a grant for a research stage at an Italian paediatric dentistry department.
The winner was evaluated on the basis of her last two years curriculum in Paediatric dentistry: a continuous Hospital stage, scientific publications and a number of oral and poster presentations in national and international congresses. In Rome she proposed a research programme on “Oral care in children with oncological and haematic disease” (before, during and after medical treatment). The next Prize will be assigned in the year 2010.
In the present issue let me emphasise the paper on absence of carious lesions at margins of restorations, originated by an interesting collaboration between authors from two very distant countries: South Africa and Brazil. In addition we publish a large international literature review on Laser therapy in paediatric dentistry, interesting subject for current and future treatment plans. To ensure a complete review we accepted this long article and allowed an exceptionally large number of references. You can also read about heavy use of Public dental Service in Finland, and an epidemiological research conducted in Southern Italy. From Italy we present other research articles showing the correlation between palatal expansion and oral breathing, and how myotonic dystrophy can affect the craniofacial growth pattern. Finally a well documented case report: Giant cells Fibroma, submitted from Turkey.
We thank all the authors who submitted their papers, thus recognising the high standard and broad international distribution of our Journal.