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