Silver jubilee for orthodontic society

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month and delegates who attend its annual conference in Harrogate between 25-27 September can expect a sterling programme.

BOS is the largest specialist dental society in the UK and the conference will include national and international dental delegates, predominately drawn from over 1,800 members as well as its associated groups of orthodontic nurses, therapists and technicians.

Since the first joint meeting of the BOS founding societies, the BAO and BSSO, in Bournemouth in 1986, the conference has become the largest and most prestigious specialist meetings in the UK dental calendar.

The keynote address for the political session this year will be delivered by deputy chief dental officer for England Sue Gregory, who will be presenting an update on orthodontics from a Department of Health perspective.

Also speaking at this session will be Richard Jones, who will give the BOS perspective, while Hollie de la Fuente, senior business advisor at the BDA, will be speaking on contract tendering.

Professor Junji Sugawara will present the much-anticipated Northcroft Lecture, in which he is expected to reveal details of his innovative approach to the Sendai Surgery First (Sendai SF), a treatment which provides an alternative to surgical orthodontic treatment.

Other international speakers include Peter Miles, who will be speaking on self-ligation, Tiziano Baccetti on a patient-centred approach to improving efficiency of Class II treatment, and Lucia Cevidanes on 3D dental imaging.

Timo Peltomaki from Finland will take a leap into the future of orthodontics to help those attending consider individualised variability and clinical studies versus experimental controversy.

Jonathan Sandy, professor in orthodontics and head of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences in Bristol, will discuss the UK cleft research programme and future directions for craniofacial research, while Jeff Lewis will talk on new strides in the delivery of continual professional development (CPD) to remote learners.

One of the rising stars from last year’s conference, Badri Thiruvenkatachari, who sparked debate with findings from his research into the effectiveness of Dynamax and twin-block appliances, will present the prestigious Chapman Lecture.

Now a keenly contested feature of the conference, the annual prize session will be eagerly anticipated and Rye Mattick, chair of the BOS’s Foundation, will present an array of awards for the first time since taking on this role.

For general dentists and dental care professionals, the conference will provide an opportunity to gain insight and guidance into patient referral and recommended clinical procedures.
For the first time, the event will include a programme for orthodontic therapists.

Alongside this, there will be an educational programme for orthodontic nurses and another for technicians organised by their associated professional bodies.

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