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The IOF Science Committee assumes a crucial role in overseeing the IOF Research Grants Program. Their wealth of expertise and knowledge in the field of orthodontics empowers them to provide valuable suggestions and insights, ensuring the Research Grants Program is structured to support groundbreaking research initiatives.


Throughout the grant application process, the committee meticulously reviews each eligible submission, evaluating the research proposals based on their scientific merit, potential impact, and alignment with the program's objectives.

Dr. Bin Cai Personal profile avatar
Dr. Bin Cai
Professor, Chief Physician
The Former Director of Orthodontics,
Hospital of Stomatology, SunYat-sen University, China
Dr. Bin Cai is the President of the Orthodontic Society of Guangdong Stomatological Association and President of the Society of Orthodontics Assessment in Private Practice of Guangdong. He is also a Standing Committee Member of Orthodontic Society of Chinese Stomatological Association, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists(ICD) , a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO), and an Executive Director of Guangdong  Stomatological Association.
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Dr. Chihiro Tanikawa Personal profile avatar
Dr. Chihiro Tanikawa
DDS, PhD, MOrth RCSEd
Associate professor, Osaka University, Japan
Dr. Chihiro Tanikawa is currently an associate professor at the Graduate School of Dentistry at Osaka University, Japan. Dr. Tanikawa received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Kyusyu Dental University and a Ph.D. in Orthodontics from Osaka University in Japan. She has an extensive background in research, with a particular focus on 3D dentofacial morphology and facial expressions. Additionally, she possesses expertise in the development of artificial intelligence in dentistry including decision-making modeling in clinical dentistry.
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Dr. Ching-Chang Ko Personal profile avatar
Dr. Ching-Chang Ko
DDS, MS, PhD
Co-chair of IOF Science Committee
Chair of the Division of Orthodontics,
Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Columbus, USA
Dr. Ko has been associated with academic bioengineering and clinical orthodontics in various capacities over the last 30 years. He is presently the Professor and Vig/William Endowed Chair of the Division of Orthodontics, Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Columbus, OH. He received his dental training first at Kaohsiung Medical College, and then PhD in Bioengineering at University of Michigan and then Orthodontic Specialty from University of Minnesota. He was an Assistant Professor of Oral Biology at Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomechanics and Biomaterials at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis US, from 1994 to 2006, and Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) from 2006 to 2020. Before leaving UNC, he served as Program Director (2013-2019) and Chairman (2017-2020) at UNC. Many of his students received awards from American Association of Orthodontists Foundation under his direct mentorship. Dr. Ko has contributed more than 170 publications to the scientific literature in biomaterial/biomechanical sciences, orthodontics, and bone biology. He has co-authored more than 10 book chapters and recently co-edited the book entitled “Machine Learning in Dentistry”.  His research in bone tissue engineering and orthodontic bioengineering was funded by NIH. He maintains a faculty clinical practice at OSU.
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Dr. Conchita Martin Personal profile avatar
Dr. Conchita Martin
DDS, PhD
Professor of Orthodontics and Research Methodology,
the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM)
Faculty of Odontology, Madrid, Spain
Dr. Martín holds the position of Clinical Teacher at the PostGraduate Program of Orthodontics at the university of UCM since 1996. She is a specialist in Orthodontics, having completed a 3-year postgraduate program at the University Complutense of Madrid and complementary postgraduate studies at UCLA. She received her Doctorate Degree in Odontology (Dr Odont) at the University of UCM. She is a specialist in Statistics and Experimental Design, having completed a Masters’ Degree at the University Autonoma in Barcelona. Now She is also on the editorial board of the European Journal of Orthodontics. She is currently the PI of the research group “Craniofacial Biology: Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics” (BIOCRAN) officially recognized and funded by the Spanish Government. Her past responsibilities in research involved the participation in two other research groups, one dealing with masticatory muscle physiology and neuromuscular activity in different malocclusions (mainly posterior cross-bites), and the ETEP research group: a multidisciplinary research group in aetiology and therapy of periodontal diseases, that covered topics such as biology of tooth movement, antimicrobial approaches in the treatment of gingivitis, periodontitis and peri-implant infections and bone and soft tissue biology.
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Dr. Guoqiang Guan Personal profile avatar
Dr. Guoqiang Guan
DDS, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. Guoqiang Guan is the former Program Director in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Former Program Director, Department of Orthodontics State University of New York (SUNY) at BuffaloPh.D. in Craniofacial Biology and Orthodontic Certificate from Okayama University, Okayama, JapanOrthodontic Certificate, from SUNY Buffalo, New York, USAD.D.S. from SUNY Buffalo, New York, USAD.D.S. from Peking University, Beijing, ChinaWith 30 years of Orthodontic clinical experience in New York, China and Japan, Dr. Guan is helping both children and adults to align their teeth and to create a beautiful smile. As a Clinical Associate Professor, he teaches Clinical Orthodontics for the Postgraduate Residency Program at University of Pennsylvania. As an American Board certified Orthodontist (speaks English, Chinese, and Japanese), Dr. Guan provides many treatment options to his patients, including regular Orthodontic braces and Invisalign.
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Dr. Hong He Personal profile avatar
Dr. Hong He
Professor, Chief Doctor, Ph.D. Supervisor
IOF Founding Committee & Science Committee Member
Director of Orthodontic Education and Research Department, School & Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, China
Director of Orthodontic Department, School & Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, China
Director of Center for Dentofacial Development & Sleep Medicine, School & Hospital of Stomatology,
Wuhan University, China
Dr. Hong He is President Elect of Chinese Orthodontic Society, a Vice President of Chinese Medical Doctor Association Sleep Medicine Society and President of Hubei Province Orthodontic Society. She is a Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Dentistry, the University of HongKong,  a Member and Examiner of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MorthRCS), a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) , and Council Member of World Federation of Orthodontists(WFO).
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Dr. Jun Wang Personal profile avatar
Dr. Jun Wang
DDS, PhD
Professor, PhD Supervisor
Director of Orthodontics Department, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University
Standing Committee Member of Chinese Orthodontic Society Vice President of Sichuan Orthodontic Society Inventor of Uceph cephalometric system Dr. Jun Wang is an esteemed academic and an expert in orthodontics, serving as a professor and Ph.D. supervisor. He currently holds the position of Director of the Orthodontics Department at the West China School/Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University. Dr. Wang is also an active member of the Chinese Orthodontic Society, holding a position on the Standing Committee, and is the Vice President of the Sichuan Orthodontic Society. Additionally, he is renowned for his contributions to the field of orthodontics, having invented the Uceph cephalometric system.
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Dr. Kang (Eric) Ting Personal profile avatar
Dr. Kang (Eric) Ting
Professor
Executive Director of IOF
Co-chair of IOF Science Committee
Adjunct Faculty, Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA
Dr. Kang Ting currently is an adjunct faculty at the Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA. Dr. Eric Kang Ting graduated from Harvard school of Dental Medicine with high honor and the gold award with DMD in 1991 and PhD, and an orthodontic certificate from Harvard in 1994.  He currently is an adjunct faculty at the Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA. He was formerly the Academic Senate Tenured Professor since 2002 and founding chair in the Division of Growth and Development at UCLA. The Division comprises the Sections of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Besides his teaching and clinical responsibilities in Orthodontics.  Dr. Ting has google scholar h-index of 62 – as one of the top three highest orthodontists globally.  Ting’s original research has received well over  12,000 citations. It has been published in many leading journals, including Nature Communications, Journal of Clinical Investigation, PLOS One, and Biomaterials, etc as the principal author . Dr. Ting has been served as a PARC AAOF committee member since 2015.  In 2018, Professor Ting and his team received the International Space Station (ISS) Innovation Award for Biology and Medicine for Development of NELL-1 Bone-Growth Systemic Therapy by the American Astronautical Society. Dr. Ting has received over US 30M in funding from the US government as a key investigator in his career.  Stemmed from his research, two novel biologic drugs are currently in FDA clinical trials for scar reduction, and bone regeneration respectively.
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Dr. Nan E. Hatch Personal profile avatar
Dr. Nan E. Hatch
DMD, PhD
Lysle E Johnston, Jr. Collegiate Endowed Professor of Orthodontics
Chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
University of Michigan, USA
Dr. Nan Hatch is the Lysle E Johnston, Jr. Collegiate Endowed Professor of Orthodontics, and the Chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nan Hatch is the Lysle E Johnston, Jr. Collegiate Endowed Professor of Orthodontics, and the Chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hatch received her clinical orthodontic training and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. Dr. Hatch has previously served as the Great Lakes representative to the American Association of Orthodontic’s Council on Scientific Affairs, as president of the Craniofacial Biology Group of the International Association of Dental Research and on the Awards Review Committee of the International Association of Dental Research.Dr. Hatch is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists. She has mentored numerous orthodontic residents on their research, several of whom have won research awards from the American Association of Orthodontists and/or the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. She has served as a primary organizer and host of the Moyers Symposium on Orthodontics for the past five years. Dr. Hatch’s research interests include basic and translational research in bone biology and the molecular etiology of craniofacial anomalies, as well as the development of biologic mediators and drug delivery systems for control of orthodontic tooth movement and retention. Her research has been funded by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, foundations, corporations, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR).
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Dr. Padhraig Fleming Personal profile avatar
Dr. Padhraig Fleming
BDent Sc., MSc., PhD, MFDS RCS, MFD RCS, FDS RCS, MOrth. (RCS), FDS (Orth.) RCS, FHEA
Professor, Chair, and Program Director in Orthodontics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Professor, Chair, and Program Director in Orthodontics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Padhraig Fleming is Chair and Programme Director in Orthodontics at Trinity College Dublin. He has co-authored four clinical textbooks and over 170 peer-reviewed papers. His clinical and research interests relate to retention, fixed appliance mechanics and functional appliance therapy.
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Dr. Peter Ngan Personal profile avatar
Dr. Peter Ngan
D.M.D.
Executive Director of IOF
Branson-Maddrell Endowed Professor
Chair, West Virginia University Dept of Orthodontics, West Virginia, USA
Honorary Senior Lecturer: University of Hong Kong
Guest Professorship: Wuhan University School of Stomatology
Dr. Peter Ngan is West Virginia University Branson-Maddrell Endowed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics, West Virginia University, School of Dentistry. Dr. Ngan is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong and a Guest Professor at Wuhan University, School of Stomatology, China. Dr. Ngan holds a dental degree from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine and Certificates in Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Hospital Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine/ Children Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Ngan’s research focuses on growth and development, appliance therapy and implantology. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and 180 abstracts. He is a member of the Angle East (Eastern Component of the Edward H. Angle Society), a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 
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Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan Personal profile avatar
Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan
DDS, MS, MSc, PhD
Associate professor, Department of Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois Chicago, USA
Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan is a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Illinois Chicago and a Diplomate for the American Board of Orthodontics. He also serves as the Associate Director of Orthodontics Clinical and Translational Sciences Research in the Department of Orthodontics, University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Atsawasuwan is a past president of the American Association of Dental Research, Chicago section, and an active member of the Angle Society of Orthodontists, Eastern component. He is a dual-trained clinician in Orthodontics and Periodontics. He received a prestigious Thomas M. Graber award of Special Merit from the American Association of Orthodontists. He has been invited to present his scholarly work and presentation at many domestic and international scientific and orthodontic conferences. He has been teaching and mentoring undergraduate, dental, and postgraduate students at the University of Illinois Chicago since 2011 and received the “mentor of the year award” in 2016. His postgraduate students received a prestigious Milo-Hellman Award and the Thomas M Graber award of Special Merit from the American Association of Orthodontists, and numerous Research Aid Awards from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation.Dr. Atsawasuwan’s research interest emphasizes the biology of tooth movement, craniofacial/bone biology, microRNAs, and advances in orthodontic treatment. His research involves clinical, bench-top molecular biology, and animal research. He received numerous research funds from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, the University of Illinois Chicago, and many private organizations. He serves as an Ad-hoc Reviewer, R01 and R21 study section for Oral, Dental, and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section, NIH and Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) site visitor for Orthodontics. He is a notable author and has published book chapters and an extensive list of research articles and case reports in several peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as an editorial board and an Ad-hoc reviewer for many scientific peer-reviewed scientific and orthodontic journals.
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Dr. Ravindra Nanda Personal profile avatar
Dr. Ravindra Nanda
BDS, MDS, PhD
Co-chair of IOF Founding Committee
Editor-in-Chief, Progress in Orthodontics
Adjunct Professor, Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA
Professor Emeritus
Division of Orthodontics
School of Dental Medicine
UConn Health, USA
Dr. Ravindra Nanda is part of the founding faculty of the School of Dental Medicine and has been associated with the University of Connecticut since 1972 where he also holds the title of professor emeritus in the Orthodontics Division. He is also an adjunct professor at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, USA. He is an innovator of various appliances in orthodontics. His research and clinical interests include adolescent and adult orthodontics, the biology of tooth mobility, craniofacial orthopedics, biomechanics and developing efficient mechanics to deliver orthodontic care.
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Dr. Theodore Eliades Personal profile avatar
Dr. Theodore Eliades
DDS, MS, Dr Med Sci, PhD, DSc, FIMMM, FRSC, FInstP, FDS RCS(Ed)
Professor and Director of the Clinic of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.Director of Research, and Interim Director of the Institute of Oral Biology at the Center of Dental Medicine, University of Zurich
Dr. Theodore Eliades, graduated from the School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and completed his Orthodontic residency at the Ohio State University. He earned a Master of Science degree from Ohio State, a doctorate in Medical Sciences from the University of Athens, School of Medicine, a PhD in Biomaterials from the University of Manchester, where he was awarded a DSc degree. His research has generated 280 papers in PubMed listed journals and 50 book chapters, which have received over 13,000 citations and index of 63 (google scholar). He has edited 13 textbooks published by major houses, some of which translated into 5 languages. He has co-supervised and/or examined 50 doctorate and Master theses at universities from 7 countries on 4 continents and is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Institute of Physics (UK).
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Dr. Yijin Ren Personal profile avatar
Dr. Yijin Ren
DDS, MSc, PhD, MBA
Professor and Head of Department of Orthodontics, Program director for specialist training in orthodontics, at University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Prof. Yijin Ren (DMD, MSc, PhD, MBA) is head of Department of Orthodontics at University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), University of Groningen (RuG). She is also the program director for specialist training in orthodontics. Clinically Prof. Ren keeps an active practice in her department mainly on patients born with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies. She is a consultant orthodontist in the Cleft Lip and Palate Team of Northern Netherlands. Scientifically Prof. Ren is Director of the W.J. Kolff Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science, named after the godfather of biomaterials implants and devices Dr. W.J. Kolff. The Kolff Institute (KOLFF), is the only engineering-centered institute that is embedded in an academic hospital in the Netherlands. Prof. Ren her research interests include biofilms and biomaterials-associated (oral) infection, novel alternatives to antibiotics, application of 3D imaging, workflow and 3D printing in clinical practice, tissue reactions in orthodontic tooth movement. She has published and lectured extensively of her research work in these fields. Prof. Ren serves as a board/council member in a number of renown national and international professional organizations, and as an editorial member/asso. editor in a number of scientific journals.Prof. Ren is the president-elect of European Orthodontic Society in 2029
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Dr. Zhihe Zhao Personal profile avatar
Dr. Zhihe Zhao
Professor, Chief Physician, PhD Supervisor
Co-chair of IOF Founding Committee
President of Professor Committee,
West China School and Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, China
Dr. Zhihe Zhao is the former President of Chinese Orthodontic Society of Chinese Stomatological Association. He is recognized as a young and middle-aged experts who have made outstanding contributions by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China. He also holds the title of Academic and Technical Leader of Sichuan Province, Chief Health Expert of Sichuan Province. Dr. Zhao is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD). He is the deputy Editor-in-Chief of “Chinese Journal of Orthodontics”, Editor-in-chief of the National five-year Undergraduate Textbook “Orthodontics”, in charge of “National First-Class Undergraduate Online Course” - “Orthodontics”, and the first speaker of “Orthodontics” of “China MOOC Alliance Oral Planning Course”.
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