Martyn Cobourne is Professor of Orthodontics and Head of Department at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He was Director of Research and a Trustee of the British Orthodontic Society from 2012-16 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthodontics. His clinical research interests are in the field of evidence-based orthodontic treatment, with an emphasis on the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce orthodontic treatment time. In addition, he also leads a laboratory-based research group investigating the molecular basis of early craniofacial development, focussing on the aetiological basis of oro-facial clefting, holoprosencephaly and regulation of tooth number.
Professor Cobourne trained in Orthodontics at King’s College London and the United Medical and Dental Schools at Guy’s and St Thomas’. During his clinical training he carried out a UK Medical Research Council-funded Clinical Training Fellowship and completed a PhD in craniofacial developmental biology in the laboratory of Paul Sharpe at Guy’s Dental Hospital. He was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at King’s College London in 2004 and promoted to Professor of Orthodontics in 2010. He has over 125 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of three orthodontic textbooks, including the highly successful Handbook of Orthodontics. In 2017 he was elected to the Board of Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.