Moyers Symposium

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The concept of patient-centered orthodontics is not new. Yet with the push for faster treatment times, there can be a tendency for a “one size fits all” approach. This strategy can lead to successful orthodontic treatment of some, but not all patients. It is timely therefore to update our knowledge of patient tailored orthodontic diagnosis and treatment strategies that foster consistently ideal functional and esthetic occlusions for every patient. The goal of the 45th Annual Moyers Symposium is to provide participants with contemporary information regarding new developments in personalized dentistry and orthodontics. Speakers with a wide variety of expertise will present contemporary customized treatment methods for improved patient outcomes and practitioner satisfaction including incorporation of 3D imaging diagnostic techniques, contemporary soft and hard tissue analyses, computer-aided treatments, utilization of temporary anchorage devices, and the potential use of biomarkers and genetics for improved patient centered diagnoses and efficiency of orthodontic practice.

In addition, the 43rd Annual International Conference on Craniofacial Research (the “Presymposium”) will be held on the Friday before the Moyers Symposium, on March 2, 2018 in the 4th Floor Amphitheater of the Horace H. Rackham Building. The Presymposium conference will feature presentations by speakers and time for discussion of presented topics on goals of and methods for precision dentistry, patient centered orthodontics, and relevant craniofacial research. There is no pre-registration and no charge for attending the Presymposium. You are encouraged to attend both meetings.

As in previous years, the Annual Moyers Symposium honors the late Dr. Robert E. Moyers, Professor Emeritus of Dentistry and Founding Director of the University of Michigan, Center for Human Growth and Development. Of importance this year, the 45th Symposium also honors Dr. Jim McNamara for his 50 years of service to the university, department, program and profession. Please join us at the symposium and at “The Big House” for a reception in honor of this emeritus faculty member, and all our alumni and friends.

The University of Michigan designates the Presymposium and Symposium for a combined 15 continuing education credits.



Symposium - Day 1
Rackham Auditorium
8:15am Registration
9:00am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Dr. Rolf G. Behrents, , Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Moderator
Dr. Nan Hatch, Chair, Department of Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Stephanie Rowley, Director, Center for Human Growth and Development
9:15am Dr. William V. Giannobile, Chair, Department of Periodontics & Oral Medicine; Najjar Endowed Professor of Dentistry and Biomedical Engineering; Co-Director, Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center, The University of Michigan.
22nd Annual Robert E. Moyers Memorial Lecture. Precision Medicine in Dentistry: How to Translate Research Innovation into Personalized Care
10:15am Break
10:45am Dr. David S. Carlson, Regents Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Dentistry; former Vice President for Research, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University.
The Promise of Precision Medicine for Dentofacial Treatment
11:45am Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm Dr. Laura R. Iwasaki, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Personalized Biomarkers and Mechanics for Optimal Tooth Movement
2:15pm Dr. G. Thomas Kluemper, Professor and Chief, Division of Orthodontics, The University of Kentucky and Dr. James K. Hartsfield, Program Director and E. Preston Hicks Endowed Professor of Orthodontics and Oral Health Research, The University of Kentucky.
The Quest and Reality of Personalized Treatment for the Orthodontic Patient
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Dr. Mohamed I. Masoud, Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology; Program Director of the Advanced Graduate Education Program in Orthodontics, Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Soft Tissue and Facial Esthetic Diagnosis Allowing Personalized Radiographic Exposures
4:10pm Dr. Dave M. Sarver. Private practice of orthodontics, Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
The Soft Tissue Paradigm for Guiding Patient Based Orthodontic Treatment Needs
4:50pm Panel Discussion (speakers from day one sessions)
5:20pm Adjournment
6:00pm Complimentary social event and reception honoring Reception honoring Dr. Jim McNamara
Jack Roth Stadium Club at Michigan Stadium (“The Big House”)


Symposium - Day 2
Rackham Auditorium
9:00am Introductory Remarks
Dr. Laurie K. McCauley, Dean, School of Dentistry
9:05am Dr. Lorenzo Franchi, Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, Section of Dentistry, The University of Florence, Italy.
The Efficient Treatment of Class II and Class III Malocclusions: Patient-centered Decision Making in Dentofacial Orthopedics
9:45am Dr. Hyo-Sang Park, Professor and chair, Department of Orthodontics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
The 3-Dimensional Control of Teeth Position to Achieve Maximal Facial Profile Changes in Hyperdivergent Patients with Microimplants
10:25am Break
10:40am Dr. Tung Nguyen, Department of Orthodontics, University of North Carolina.
3D Technologies for Precise Orthodontic Treatment
11:20am Dr. Brent E. Larson, Professor and Director, Division of Orthodontics, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.
Technology-assisted, Personalized Orthodontic Treatment – Do We Get What We Pay For?
12:00pm Panel discussion (all Symposium speakers)
12:45pm Adjournment



Rackham Amphitheater, 4th Floor
7:30am Registration
8:00am Nan Hatch, Chair - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
Session 1
8:10am Sara Hosni, National Health Service and Private Practice, United Kingdom
CVM: Piecing Together the Jigsaw
8:30am Paula Cheib, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Maxillary Dentoskeletal Changes Following Herbst Appliance Treatment: A Multicenter 3D Retrospective Study
8:50am Jeff Nickel, Department of Orthodontics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
A Mechanobehavioral Model to Predict Longitudinal Change in TMJ Integrity
9:10am Thikriat Al-Jewair, Department of Orthodontics, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Towards Evidence-Based Precision Orthodontics
9:30am Panel Discussion: Session 1 Speakers
9:50am Break
Session 2
10:10am Wanida Ono, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
Potential Mechanisms for Primary Failure of Eruption
10:30am Yan Gu, Department of Orthodontics, Peking University, Beijing, China
Proteomic Analysis of Gingival Crevicular Fluid for Novel Biomarkers of Pubertal Growth Peak
10:50am Wellington Rody, Department of Orthodontics, University of Florida
Biomarkers for Root Resorption and Optimal Tooth Movement
11:10am Panel Discussion: Session 2 Speakers
11:25am Lunch
Session 3
1:30pm Franka Stahl and Silvia Mueller-Hagedorn, Department of Orthodontics, University of Rostock, Germany
Presurgical Orthopedics in Newborns with Cleft Lip and Palate or Robin Sequence
1:50pm Kyungsup Shin, Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, University of Iowa
Multidisciplinary Orthodontic Care for Craniosynostosis Patients
2:10pm Takayuki Kuroda, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
The Significance of Orthodontics in the Team Approach to CLP Treatment
2:30pm Jeff Wang, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, University of Michigan
Integrated Augmentation and Implant Therapy with Accelerated Adult Orthodontics for Synergized Interdisciplinary Care
2:50pm Panel Discussion: Session 3 Speakers
3:10pm Break
Session 4
3:30pm Terpsithea Christou, Department of Orthodontics, University of Alabama Birmingham
Re-evaluating Principles in Delivering a More Esthetic Smile. A New Direction in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
3:50pm Antonio Ruellas, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
3D image analysis: clinical application
4:10pm Juan Fernando Aristizábal, Department of Orthodontics, The Universidad de Valle in Cali, Colombia
Customized Brackets and Surgery First
4:30pm Panel Discussion: All Speakers and Participants
4:45pm Reception


Dentists/Orthodontists: $395

Auxiliaries: $195

U-M faculty, Resident/Graduation Student: $75

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The Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies is located at 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.



The trip between the Detroit Metro Airport and Ann Arbor takes about 20-30 minutes.

Taxi costs around US$ 50. They usually take 3 people (it is not necessary to make reservations for the taxi).

The most economical option is to take a shuttle.

Another alternative (a bit more expensive) is to take the Metrocar Services. The driver will wait for you at the baggage claim, pick up your bags, and bring you to Ann Arbor (they generally take up to 3 people).


Due to the effect of the Great Lakes, the weather in Ann Arbor can vary widely in March. Temperatures can range from 30°F at night to 65°F midday. The 5-year daily high average is 52°F. Precipitation can range from light snow to thunderstorms. It is best to come prepared for cold nights and cool-to-mild days.


The Symposium, which began in 1974, honors Dr. Robert E Moyers. Dr. Moyers chaired the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics (1953-1966) and later was the Founding Director of the UM Center for Human Growth and Development (1964-1980). The Center was established as a university-wide interdisciplinary unit to better understand childhood growth and development.

Under his leadership, the Center gained international prominence not only for interdisciplinary research in craniofacial biology, but also in developmental biology, nutrition, public health, morphometrics, anthropology, linguistics, and pediatrics.

Author of the textbook, Handbook of Orthodontics, Moyers was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons in London (1955). He received the profession’s highest award, the Albert H. Ketcham Award (1988) and was posthumously inducted into the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Hall of Honor (2004).