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Forsyth’s conference honoring a pioneer of orthodontic research and education attracts international sponsorship

June 29, 2022     

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Jill Sirko,                                                                  

Cambridge, Mass. – The Forsyth Institute announced today a special 2-day orthodontic conference entitled Forsyth Orthodontic Symposium: In Honor of Dr. Moorrees, which will take place October 7-8, 2022. The symposium will feature four sessions with presentations from leading experts in the field of orthodontics. Sessions include a panel discussion with global leaders and sessions with leading experts on translational research, technology innovation, and innovative clinical care.  

“It is apt that Forsyth’s first orthodontic conference will be held in Dr. Moorrees’ honor,” said Dr. Tingxi Wu, Forsyth’s Director of Orthodontic & Craniofacial Development Research and one of the conference’s leading organizers. “He was a leader in the field, and his groundbreaking orthodontic research and education form the foundation of the field as we know it today.”

Dr. Coenraad F.A. Moorrees was the Chief of Orthodontics at the Forsyth Institute from 1948 to 1987. He also held a joint appointment at Harvard University and created the first 3-year orthodontic training program in the United States.

“The symposium will provide a platform to critically assess the state of the orthodontic industry, systematically identify gaps in current knowledge, and forge new collaborations,” said Dr. Ravindra Nanda, another leading organizer of the symposium and a member of Forsyth’s orthodontic faculty.

Dr. Moorrees’ pioneering and innovative work in craniofacial and dental development continues to have worldwide impact in the orthodontic field, not only through his publications but also through the countless postdoctoral fellows who trained with him. It is estimated that over half of those fellows went on to achieve professorial rank at academic institutions, and at least 15% became heads of orthodontic departments.

“We are pleased to be able to continue Dr. Moorrees’ legacy here at Forsyth,” said Forsyth CEO, Dr. Wenyuan Shi. “Forsyth continues to be a pioneer in the area of orthodontic research, clinical, and technology innovations. We continue build on Dr. Moorrees’ work today, including impactful research using the data he collected in his famous Forsyth Institute Twin Study.”

The International Orthodontics Foundation will be a platinum sponsor for this event. The foundation serves as a global academic platform for the orthodontic industry, focusing on improving education, providing research grants, and encouraging lifelong learning in the field. The Forsyth Institute is incredibly pleased to have them as a partner in this event.

About The Forsyth Institute

The Forsyth Institute, founded in 1910, is the world’s leading independent research institution focused on oral health and its connection to overall wellness. Forsyth was founded as a pediatric dental hospital serving disadvantaged children in the Boston area. Today, the Institute is grounded in a 3-pillared strategic plan focused on biological research, clinical service and public health outreach, and technological innovation. Forsyth carries out its original mission through a mobile public health dental program called ForsythKids.


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