Moyers Symposium

Every year for the past 43 years, orthodontists, dentists, residents, scholars and medical professionals have traveled to the University of Michigan for the Moyers Symposium to listen to world-renowned experts present on novel discoveries and clinical advances. Topics range from orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, craniofacial growth and development, craniofacial biology and genetics, contemporary biomechanics, adjunctive orthodontic treatments, technologic developments and other breakthroughs that ultimately affect the treatment and care that patients receive.

The 44th Annual Moyers Symposium will be held in Ann Arbor on March 4 - 5, 2017. It will be preceded on March 3, 2017 by the Moyers Presymposium (the 42nd Annual International Conference on Craniofacial Research) with clinical and research presentations on topics relevant to orthodontics, craniofacial biology and sleep apnea. Panel discussions will be held at the end of each session.

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

Sleep Apnea—What Every Clinician (and Patient) Should Know

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a relatively common disorder characterized by the repeated collapse of the upper airway, resulting in sleep fragmentation and episodic hypoxemia. The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can be significant and include increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke, decreased quality of life and motor vehicle accidents. It is estimated that over 80% of individuals who have sleep apnea do not know that they have this medical problem, emphasizing the need for greater awareness among clinicians.

OSA has a complex multifactorial etiology and is more common in older adults who are overweight, but it can affect individuals of any age and body type. Even children, especially those with enlarged tonsillar or constricted naso-pharyngeal tissues may have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea requires long-term management; lifestyle changes, oral appliances, surgery, and breathing devices such as CPAP can be used treat sleep apnea successfully as long as the condition is recognized.

The Moyers Symposium has had a long history of dealing with interdisciplinary topics and the 44th Annual Moyers Symposium is no exception. We are bringing together 10 health care providers with expertise in sleep disordered breathing to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea patients, considering in detail the multiple treatment approaches that are available. Attendees may also discover that this condition is personally relevant; as the signs, symptoms and history of sleep apnea are presented.



Symposium - Day 1
Rackham Auditorium
8:15am Registration
9:00am Introductory Remarks
Dr. James A. McNamara, Moderator
Dr. Nan Hatch, Chair, Department of Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Brenda Volling, Director, Center for Human Growth and Development
9:15am Anita Shelgikar MD FAASM, Department of Neurology and U of M Sleep Clinic
Program Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, The University of Michigan
The 21st Moyers Memorial Lecture. “Sleep Apnea: What is it and why should we care?”
10:30am Break
11:00am Douglas Kirsch MD FAAN, FAASM, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Medical Director, CHS Sleep Medicine, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC.
"What's your number? Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea in 2017."
11:45am Lunch (on your own)
1:15pm Vishesh Kapur MD MPH FAASM, Professor of Medicine
Director of Sleep Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The University of Washington
“Management of OSA with positive airway pressure.”
2:00pm Joseph I. Helman DMD, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The University of Michigan
"Surgical management of adult OSA."
2:45pm Break
3:15pm Timothy F. Hoban MD FAASM, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology
Director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology, The University of Michigan
“OSA in children: More than just large tonsils”
4:00pm Benjamin Pliska DDS, MS, FRCD(C). Division of Orthodontics, University of British Columbia
Private practice of orthodontics, Vancouver BC
“Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The orthodontic perspective.”
4:45pm Panel Discussion (all first day speakers
5:15pm Complimentary Reception, 4th floor, Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies


Symposium - Day 2
Rackham Auditorium
8:45am Sean K. Carlson DMD MS, private practice of orthodontics, Mill Valley CA and Department of Orthodontics, University of the Pacific
“Cone Beam CT: Its role in detecting obstructive airway problems in adults and children.”
9:30am Lucia HS Cevidanes, DDS MS PhD. Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, The University of Michigan
"Three critical concepts for diagnosis of airway problems using 3D images."
10:15am Dr. Laurie K. McCauley. Brief remarks from the Dean of the School of Dentistry
10:20am Break
10:45am R. Scott Conley DMD, Chair, Department of Orthodontics, the University at Buffalo
“Managing OSA with oral appliances.”
11:30am Louis Chmura DDS MS, Private practice of orthodontics, Marshall MI
“When the clinician becomes the patient: a personal perspective on obstructive sleep apnea.”
12noon Panel discussion (all second day presenters)
1:00pm Adjournment



Rackham Amphitheater, 4th Floor
7:30am Registration
8:00am Dr. Nan Hatch, Introductory Remarks
Masticatory Muscles, TMD, Malocclusion and Treatment
8:10am Dr. Roberta Lione and Dr. Paola Cozza, Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy and Department of Dentistry UNSBC, Tirana, Italy.
“Evaluation of the masseter muscles in relation to treatment with removable bite-blocks in growing dolichofacial patients.”
8:30am Dr. Lorenzo Franchi and Dr. Chiara Pavoni, Department of Orthodontics, University of Florence, and Dr. Paola Cozza, Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy.
“The role of treatment timing for the long-term stability of Class II correction.”
8:50am Dr. Vladimir Leon-Salazar, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Minnesota.
“TMD and occlusion: New facts about an old relationship.”
9:10am General Discussion
Image-based Airway Diagnostics
9:20am Dr. Paolo M. Cattaneo, Section of Orthodontics, Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.
“Characterization of Upper Airway starting from CBCT-data.”
9:40am Dr. Marília Yatabe, Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies, University of São Paulo, Bauru, Brazil.
“Upper airway characteristics of patients with cleft lip and palate.”
10:00am Break
10:30am Sundaralingam (Prem) Premaraj, Department of Growth and Development, Division of Orthodontics, University of Nebraska.
“Cervical spine angles, craniocervical posture, and oropharyngeal airway analyses of sleep apnea patients in both supine and upright positions: A retrospective 3D imaging study.”
10:50am Dr. Andrew Havron, Graduate Orthodontic Program, University of Michigan and private practice of orthodontics, Birmingham AL.
“3D airway analysis in Class III surgical patients.“
11:10am General Discussion
Prognosis and Clinical Impact of OSA
11:20am Dr. James Hartsfield, Division of Orthodontics, University of Kentucky.
“Genetic factors effecting facial morphology associated with sleep apnea.”
11:40am Dr. Yoon-Ji Kim, Department of Orthodontics, Korea University Anam Hospital.
“The effects of tongue, hyoid, and pharyngeal airway space on craniofacial growth.”
12noon Lunch
1:45pm Dr. Eung-Kwon Pae, Chair, Department of Orthodontics, University of Maryland.
“Intermittent hypoxia induced Type-1 like diabetes and implications in orthodontics"
2:10pm Dr. G. Thomas Kluemper, Division Chief, Division of Orthodontics, University of Kentucky.
“The Importance of sleep family history in orthodontic diagnosis.”
2:30pm General Discussion
OSA Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Practice
2:40pm Dr. Joseane Pizzatto and Dr. Carlos Flores-Mir, Division of Orthodontics, University of Alberta.
“Role of the orthodontist to screen for clinically impactful hypertrophic adenoids.”
3:00pm Break
3:20pm Dr. Carlos Flores-Mirand Dr. Joseane Pizzatto, Division of Orthodontics, University of Alberta.
"Role of the orthodontist in screening for pediatric sleep breathing disorder.”
3:40pm Dr. Bhoomika Ahuja, Department of Orthodontics, Marquette University.
"Sleep apnea, primary snoring and the pediatric patient: What we need to know.”
4:00pm Dr. Thyagaseely (Sheela) Premaraj, Department of Growth and Development, Division of Orthodontics, University of Nebraska.
“CBCT evaluation of volumetric changes in the upper airway following repositioning of the mandible to centric relation.”
4:10pm Dr. Sharon (Ron) Aronovich, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Michigan.
“Surgical correction of obstructive sleep apnea.”
4:30pm General Discussion
4:45pm Adjournment
5:00pm Complimentary Social Event and Reception
Location: Assembly Hall of Rackham Auditorium


Early bird rates (through January 31, 2017)

Dentists/Orthodontists: $360

Auxiliaries: $175

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

Non U-M Resident/Graduation Student: $75


The 44th Annual Moyers Symposium will not include a poster session. We thank you for your interest in this portion of the event.



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).