Why am I running an Orthodontic Blog?
I want this orthodontic blog to provide clinical information and comments on orthodontics for patients and professionals. My posts are mostly about evidence based orthodontics but I will also discuss orthodontic controversies, new treatments and the “orthodontic fringe”. I will also challenge orthodontic quackery and poor quality research with exaggerated findings, I try to post once a week.
I started the Blog in early September 2013 and since then 300,000 different people have logged in and read a total of just over 0.6 million pages with a recent hit rate of at a rate of 7,000 pages a week. The most popular post has been the light hearted discussion of “24 month braces” but others have also proved to be popular such as “New evidence on the treatment of canine impaction” and “Lets talk about Acceledent“. This amount of interest has surprised and pleased me and convinced me to attempt to make this a popular source of information and discussion that is relevant to orthodontic trainees, specialist orthodontists and anyone with an interest in orthodontics. My blog is becoming quiet extensive and I suggest if you want to look up a particular subject just click on the relevant search word in the “word cloud” in the right margin. I have recently added a search tool and this is working well. I have also placed posts into subject areas.
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The information on Kevin O’Brien’s Orthodontic Blog is designed to support, not to replace, the relationship that exists between and patient/site visitor and his/her physician.
Something about me
I am Professor of orthodontics at the School of Dentistry at the University of Manchester, UK. I have been working as a clinical orthodontist and researcher for about 30 years. My research has been directed at the outcome of orthodontic treatment using randomised trial methodology and has been included in several systematic reviews. I hope that my research has contributed to changes and improvement in orthodontic practice. I have also been teaching postgraduate students both in the UK and the USA. I have given many keynotes lectures at international conferences and I was scientific Chair of the World Federation of Orthodontists Conference in London, UK in 2015. I have been awarded the Northcroft Memorial and Ballard Lectures of the British Orthodontic Society, the Dewel and Turpin awards and the Louise Ada Jarabak Memorial International Teachers and Research Award by the American Association of Orthodontists.
In addition to being an orthodontist I have been heavily involved in leadership. I have been the Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Manchester, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester and the Chair of the UK General Dental Council. I am currently the Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre Clinical Trials Unit.
These may be useful links:
My email contact: Admin@kevinobrienorthoblog.com
My publications in Google Scholar
My profile in Research Gate
Our great team of translators
I have a great team of translators who are working me and providing translations of the posts into several languages. They do this voluntarily and I am really grateful to them for doing this work. Here is some information on the translation team:
Portuguese. Klaus Barretto Lopes
Klaus Barretto Lopes is an orthodontist based in Rio de Janeiro. He qualified in 1997 and worked for two years in general dental practice in Copacabana and Ipanema. He then went to São Paulo and trained as an Orthodontist completing their training programme in 2001. Following this, from 2003 until 2010, he went to the University of São Paulo (USP) and carried out a Master and a Ph.D research programme into an innovative orthopedic appliance with skeletal anchorage. He then returned to Rio de Janeiro and started Post-doc research in August 2012 at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) to continue his research in Orthopedic appliances with skeletal anchorage. He was made Instructor in Orthodontics at Rio de Janeiro State University in August 2013. From 2015 till 2016 he was the scientific director of the Brazilian Orthodontic Society (SBO). Since September 2016, he is a visiting lecturer at The University of Manchester where he is working in RCTs and systematic reviews. In January 2017 he started an MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Manchester.
The Chinese translations are done by a team.
Fang graduated from Wuhan University School of Stomatology (WHUSS) in 2014 with an MSc in Orthodontics. He is now a PhD candidate at Cochrane Oral Health, Division of Dentistry, The University of Manchester, UK.
Tan obtained her MSc in Orthodontics from WHUSS in 2014. She is now working at a private practice in Shanghai, China.
Niansu also obtained his MSc in Orthodontics from WHUSS in 2014. He is now an orthodontist at the Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, China.
Spanish. Sergio Valverde and Juan Roberto Lopez
These are done by Sergio Valverde and Juan Roberto Lopez
Arabic. Samer Mheissen
Samer is an orthodontist from Damascus, Syria. He completed his specialist training at Damascus in 2011 and currently works in specialist practice. He has an interest in systematic reviews and meta analysis.
Russian. Alex Ditmarov
Alex is a specialist orthodontist who works in Moscow. He is also on a PhD programme in Moscow. Alex qualified as an orthodontist in 2014. He is well known in social media for his video blog, The Crooked Path. Have a look at this, it is very interesting.
Italian. Roberto Stradi