"A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step."

Lao Tzu

It is my great pride and pleasure to announce the launch of "Journal of Prosthodontics and Dental Materials" (JPDM), the official publication of the Indian Prosthodontic Society, Mumbai- Navi Mumbai branch.

It has long been felt that the ever-burgeoning Prosthodontic community of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai needed an outlet to communicate and showcase their talent and skills.

To address this requirement, Branch President, EC members, and seniors mooted the idea of having a Branch journal. It was envisaged that the Journal would provide a holistic, inclusive platform that incubates and articulates branch members' passion for learning, innovating, and collaborating.

Our vision of making the Journal the first choice of reference and widespread indexing will only be possible by quality research and clinical work submissions by our branch members. This requires focusing on continuous improvement, embracing new ideas and technology, and leveraging the existing depth of knowledge and experience for evolving paradigms.

Just as the idea was being crystallized, the Covid-19 pandemic struck. However, it made our resolve even firmer, and the lack of infrastructure or supportive ecosystem did not deter us from achieving our goal.

You will be glad to know that the Journal has already created a buzz and excitement among its members. It has received manuscript submissions from individuals and institutes across India. This is both a recognition and testament of the intent and content of the Journal. The issue covers a broad spectrum of prosthodontics and dental materials, including reviews, original research, case presentations, clinical tips, and much more.

I am proud to share that the editorial team has gone beyond the normal in the prevailing difficult times to prioritize the Journal roll out. The articles have been painstakingly reviewed, revised, and edited for publishing. The editorial team meticulously curated all Journal aspects, right from artwork, design, layout, and sequencing.

The tremendous support from IPS Head Office President Dr. J R Patel, Secretary Dr. Rupesh P L and Editor Dr. N. Gopi Chander, Branch President Dr. Sharat Shetty, Secretary Dr. Saloni Mistry, and our advisors and senior branch members' Dr. Suhasini Nagda, Dr. Sabita M. Ram and Dr. Suresh Meshram, Dr. Jyoti Karani have been very encouraging and humbling. I would also like to thank my editorial team and my department's staff at Terna Dental College, Navi Mumbai, for their endless enthusiasm and tireless efforts in making this project a resounding success.

Finally, I would like to thank all our well-wishers, sponsors, and partners who have supported the Journal in its infancy.

I wish that our members (students, faculties, and practitioners) take maximum advantage of this opportunity to showcase their abilities as researchers and clinicians.

The JPDM will be published biannually for the benefit of the branch members. Issues 1 and 2 covering the period January to June and July to December 2020 are being launched simultaneously.

Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached

- Swami Vivekanand

Dr. Naisargi Shah

Editor, IPS MNM