Speakers

Speakers

Rolf Behrents

Name: Rolf BEHRENTS
Country: United States of America

Rolf G. Behrents received a B.A. from St. Olaf College, his dental training at Meharry Medical College, and his orthodontic training and Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) by the University of Athens in Greece.

He has received several awards for his research, teaching, and service, has authored and co-authored numerous articles pertaining to clinical orthodontics and facial growth, and has lectured extensively across the country and abroad. He has served on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, The University of Tennessee, and Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Behrents is presently the Lysle E. Johnston, Jr. Professor of Orthodontics and Director of the Orthodontic Program at the Center for Advanced Dental Education of Saint Louis University. In 2014, he was appointed to the post of Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He also continues to serve as a Research Associate at the Bolton-Brush Growth Study Center of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and has served as Co-Director of the G.O.R.P. (Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program) since 1999.

Birte Melsen

Name: Birte MELSEN
Country: Denmark

Professor Birte Melsen was born in Aabenraa, Denmark 9th of June 1939. She retired from her Professorship and her position as Head of Department 1 September 2012 From 1975-2012 she held the title of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics at The School of Dentistry, Aarhus University, Denmark. Since 1986, she has been working part-time in a private practice in Lübeck, Germany (limited to adult orthodontics). Since 1989 she has been actively involved in fundraising for third world children, especially in South America where she lectures to generate money for the underprivileged children. She is actively involved in generating donations for the Organisation for Children: www.viva.org.

Professor Melsen has authored more than 400 publications in the fields of growth and development based on research of human autopsy material, bone biology, biomechanics, interdisciplinary treatment, skeletal anchorage and tissue engineering. In recent years her professional interests have focused primarily on the fields of Skeletal Anchorage, Virtual Imaging and Adult Orthodontic Treatment. She has been supervisor on 18 Phd theses and advisor for research projects in Australia, Brazil, Italy and Thailand. She has since 1975 been a regular lecturer at a large number of the postgraduate programs in the US and South America and during the last decenium also in Australia and various Asian countries. She is a regular member of The Angle Socity and an international member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the World Society of Orthodontics.

In 2000 she received the Knighthood of Dannebrog 1st degree, the highest award possible for University affiliated researchers

David Sarver

Name: David SARVER
Country: United States of America

Dr. Sarver received his DMD from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and M.S. in Orthodontics from the University of North Carolina in 1979. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, a Fellow in both the International and American Colleges of Dentists and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Sarver has published over 70 scientific articles book, 20 book chapters and his book "Esthetics in Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery" was published in September, 1998. He is also co-author (with Dr. Proffit and White) of the surgical text “Contemporary Treatment of Dentofacial Deformity), and is co-author the 4th and 5th editions of Proffit’s classic textbook “Contemporary Orthodontics”. He has given more than 300 professional presentations in the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle and Far East and has been honored to deliver the Salzmann, Mershon, and Angle lectures at the annual sessions of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Martyn Cobourne

Name: Martyn COBOURNE
Country: United Kingdom

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.  

Monty Duggal

Name: Monty DUGGAL
Country: Singapore

Prof. Duggal obtained his dental degree and MDS in Paediatric Dentistry from India. He then immigrated to the United Kingdom and obtained his FDSRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and his PhD from University of Leeds.  He was appointed Professor and Chair of Child Dental Health at Leeds Dental Institute in 1999 where he oversaw a large postgraduate programme in Paediatric Dentistry which has international acclaim.  In January 2017 he was appointed as Professor of Paediatric Dentistry in Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore. 

Professor Duggal has published over 150 research papers in international journals and is author of “Restorative Techniques in Paediatric Dentistry, which has been published in 7 languages and has sold over 16,000 copies worldwide.  He is also a co-author of a textbook on Dental Traumatology and has Co-Edited “Paediatric Dentistry” by Oxford, now in its 4th edition, and more recently “Paediatric Dentistry at a Glance”, published by Blackwell Willey.  He has administered research grants totaling over seven million pounds and is an internationally recognised researcher and clinician with main research interest is Cariology and Translation Research in Clinical Paediatric Dentistry, including dental traumatology. 

Apart from Paediatric Dentistry his main interest is playing and watching cricket and any time spare from work and family is devoted to this important activity.

NR Krishnaswamy

Name: N.R KRISHNASWAMY
Country: India

Dr. N. R. Krishnaswamy is the Vice Dean and Head of Department of Orthodontics, Ragas Dental College, Dr M.G.R Medical University, Chennai, India. He is the past president of the Indian Orthodontic Society, past chairman of the Indian Board of Orthodontics.

He is currently an advisory board member for World Implant Orthodontic Association and a member of the editorial board with European Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. He has received the ’Best Teacher Award’ of the MGR Medical University and ‘Helen and Dewel Award’ of the American Association of Orthodontics for best article on clinical research published in AJODO in 2012. He has lectured in more than 30 countries and has presented invited lectures at important podiums like the World Federation of Orthodontics, Asia Pacific Conference, American Association of Orthodontics, SIDO (Italian Orthodontic Society), Taiwan Association of Orthodontics, Philippines Association of Orthodontics, Japan Orthodontic Society, Malaysian Association of Orthodontics and Indian Orthodontic Society. He has published more than 40 peer reviewed articles and contributed to book chapters. He maintains a private practice in Chennai.

Park Young Guk

Name: Young Guk PARK
Country: Korea

Prof. Young Guk Park is a world renowned researcher, author, and speaker in clinical orthodontics and basic science of craniofacial biology, especially in signal transduction of osteoblast differentiation. He is the Professor of Orthodontics of Kyung Hee University, Seoul, where he is the Dean of the School of Dentistry.Prof. Young Guk Park is a world renowned researcher, author, and speaker in clinical orthodontics and basic science of craniofacial biology, especially in signal transduction of osteoblast differentiation. He is the Professor of Orthodontics of Kyung Hee University, Seoul, where he is the Dean of the School of Dentistry.

He is the Past President of the KAO Korean Association of Orthodontists and its associate Foundation KAOF, and he is currently the President of the Korean Academy of Dental Education. His main interest lies in the lingual orthodontics with individually tailored appliance system, and accelerating tooth movement with CorticisionTM, which was developed by himself, involving minor periodontal procedure without flap elevation, and "light accelerated orthodontics with LED".

He was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Orthodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine from 1994 to 1995, and is currently the Guest Professor of Osaka Dental University, Japan, Guest Professor of Dalian Medical University, China, and Guest Professor of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

He received his DMD degree from the Kyung Hee University, Seoul in 1981, and finished his orthodontic training at the Kyung Hee University Hospital with certification in 1984. He holds Master of Science in Orthodontics (1984), PhD in Oral Biology/Orthodontics (1990), and MBA in healthcare administration (2000).

Lee Kee Joon

Name: Kee Joon LEE
Country: Korea

Dr. Kee-Joon Lee is the professor and chairman of the Department of Orthodontics, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Korea. He received Orthodontic specialty training and PhD degree from Graduate school, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University. He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and also at the Division of Plastic Surgery, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Department of Orthodontics, University of Pennsylvania.

He has contributed many book chapters on biomechanics of miniscrew-driven orthodontics, non-extraction treatment in adults, up-to-date lingual orthodontic mechanics and surgery-first approach using TADs. He is the first who demonstrated the miniscrew-assisted rapid palatal expander (MARPE) for adults in AJO-DO for non-surgical transverse correction in adults. He has published many articles and case reports regarding the treatment of non-eruption, and total arch movement for hyperdivergent face in orthodontic journals including two cover issues in AJO-DO. His fields in research include clinical biomechanics regarding TADs application and the suture/bone responses to orthodontic stimulus.