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Attendees listen to an educational presentation at the Invisalign iTero booth during the 2018 AAO Annual Session, held in Washington, D.C. This year, in Los Angeles, a wide variety of booths in the exhibit hall will also be offering educational sessions at various times throughout the weekend. (Photo: Ortho Tribune)

AAO Annual Session offers a top-notch learning experience

By Dental Tribune USA
May 02, 2019

LOS ANGELES, Calif, USA: If there’s one thing you can be sure of when you attend an AAO Annual Session, it’s that the quality of the learning experience will be top-notch, and this year is no exception. On hand at the meeting, being held May 3 to 7 (Friday to Tuesday), are renowned lecturers addressing traditional topics such as Class II and Class III treatment, biomechanics, anchorage/TADs and esthetics.

Other half-day lecture series will cover newer and diverse topics, such as 3-D printing/in-house aligners, finishing, sleep apnea, retention/lingual orthodontics and impacted canines/missing teeth. Two half-day lecture series will focus on pre-adolescent treatment. Highlights of the Doctors Scientific Program will include the 2019 Salzmann, Angle and Mershon lectures as well as one special lecture being held as a memorium.

Jacob A. Salzmann Lecture

Dr. Hugo De Clerck will present the 2019 Salzmann Lecture, “Miniplate Skeletal Anchorage: An Update and New Perspectives,” at 8 a.m. Friday in Room LACC 408. A frequent lecturer at orthodontic meetings worldwide, De Clerck was formerly a professor and chairperson at the Department of Orthodontics at the Universite Catholique de Louvain. He is now an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and maintains a private practice in Brussels, Belgium. His research interests include skeletal anchorage, biomechanics and orthopedics, with a recent publication in the AJO-DO having addressed bone-anchored maxillary protraction.

Edward H. Angle Lecture

Dr. Peter Buschang will present the 2019 Angle Lecture, “30 Years of Achievements — Our Proudest Moments” at 1 p.m. Friday in Room LACC 150/151. An anthropologist with a PhD degree, Buschang is regents professor and director of orthodontic research at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, where he has taught since 1988. He has published more than 260 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and several books, with his achievements having garnered honorary memberships in both the AAO and the Edward H. Angle Society.

John Valentine Mershon Lecture

The 2019 Mershon lecture will be given by Dr. Greg Huang, who is a professor and chair of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Huang will present “Results from the National Dental PBRN Adult Anterior Openbite Study,” at 2:10 p.m. Friday in Room LACC 150/151. Huang led the AAO Practice Based Research Network Committee, formed in 2013 to encourage orthodontic research in network settings, especially in the National Dental Practice Based Research Network. The adult anterior openbite study was the first project to be approved, and the AAO began recruiting member participants in 2015. At the 2018 Annual Session, Huang presented information about orthodontists and patients participating in the openbite study. His 2019 Annual Session lecture will include results of the study.

In memorium

Following the recent unexpected passing of Dr. William Proffit, the 2019 Annual Session Planning Committee designated the lecture period during which Proffit was to speak as the William R. Proffit Memorial Lecture (being held Sunday at 10:20 a.m. in Room LACC 403). Dr. Kevin O’Brien of Manchester, United Kingdom, has accepted an invitation to give the lecture and will present, “Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: A Retrospective on Bill Proffit.”

To see a full list of all educational sessions and to read up on the speakers, download the AAO app and check out the events section for this year’s annual session.

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