NZAO 2017 Conference

Millennium Hotel & Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown

29 March – 1 April 2017




Kevin O'Brien

Kevin was appointed Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Manchester in 1996. He has previously held posts in the USA and was Dean of Manchester Dental School from 2004-2007 and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences from 2007-2010. He was Chair of the General Dental Council 2011-2013.

His main research interests are clinical trials of the care of children with severe dentofacial problems. He has published over 90 scientific papers, mostly in the American Journal of Orthodontics. Committed to teaching and research, he has obtained €7m external research funding. He has given the Northcroft Memorial and Ballard Lectures for the British Orthodontic Society and has been awarded the Turpin, Dewel and Jarabak awards by the American Association of Orthodontists. He currently writes a surprisingly successful orthodontic blog (  

Topics include: 
Early Class II treatment: Does the cost outweigh the benefits?
Adolescent Class II treatment: Twin Blocks, mandibular growth and systematic reviews
Socio-psychological effects of orthodontic treatment: Are we interested and do we care?
Social media driven orthodontics: Quacks, healers and blogs
In the land of no evidence is the salesman King?
How do you read a trial and systematic review
Orthognathic surgery

Sunil Kapila

Sunil earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) in 1981. Afterwards, he was a dental officer at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi for two years and then became a clinical instructor and tutor in orthodontics at the University of Nairobi Dental School. He came to the U.S. in 1984 as a Fulbright-Hayes scholar to obtain a master's degree in orthodontics which he received three years later from the University of Oklahoma. In 1994, Dr. Kapila was awarded his doctorate in oral biology which he earned while teaching at UCSF. He began teaching there part-time in 1988, and become a full-time Assistant Professor in 1993. He was tenured in 1999 and was appointed as Chair of the Division of Orthodontics in 2000 and named the first Eugene E. West Endowed Chair in 2001. He was recruited to the University of Michigan in 2004 and served as the Chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and the Graduate Orthodontics Program Director from 2004-2015.

His practice philosophy includes preadjusted appliances using continuous archwire or segmented mechanics and contemporary wires. He teaches in the graduate orthodontic clinic on Tuesday afternoons and teaches biomaterials and biomechanics to the residents. He also provides lectures on biomechanics and TMJ pathobiology at national and international meetings. Dr. Kapila is the recipient of several research awards including the AADR Hatton Award in 1994 and the AAO Milo Hellman Award in 1995. He was also awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Oklahoma in 2007.

Topics include: 
3D image-aided treatment of impacted and transposed teeth
Optimized treatment mechanics in complex and compromised cases
Orthodontic treatment in 90 days: The future promise of biomedicine and technology


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