Professor Beni Solow was invited, for the month of July, by the Department of Preventive Dentistry, under the Distinguished Visitor Programme of the University.
Professor Solow is the chairman of the orthodontic department at the University of Copenhagen and is one of the most well know and respected figures in the speciality of orthodontics. He has a high international standing for his research work on mechanisms involved in craniofacial growth and development. This is an area that is particularly relevant to the undergraduate and graduate teaching in orthodontics within the Faculty.
During his visit he lectured on craniofacial growth and development to the undergraduate students and held a course in cephalometry and radiographic anatomy for the graduate students in orthodontics, and held research disscussion clinics for the projects undertaken by the residents. He spent considerable time with Dr Kelvin Foong guiding the progress of his Ph.D study. As a direct resultof his visit a new area of co-operation has developed between National Dental Centre and Singapore General Hospital that will greatly assist in availability of clinical material for the project.
He made a valuable contribution to the sleep apnoea project that is being carried out with the Department of Medicine, and regular formal research meetings were held with the team for this purpose. The value of the various research contributions was immense and has insured that the orthodontic projects underway within the Faculty are both creative and of an international standard.
Professor Solow provided a unique stimulus to those who had discussions with him, and he agreed to provide continuing support to the projects he was involved with. The Faculty of Dentistry benefited considerably by his presence.
Professor Andrew Sandham
Jack I. Nicholls
This year, the Department of Restorative Dentistry was fortunate to have Professor Jack I. Nichollsas a NUS Distinguished Visitor in the month of September
Professor Nicholls is a world renowned researcher in dental materials and biomechanics. He was one of the first to bridge the gap between clinical procedures in dentistry, the engineering sciences and applied testing methodology. He has served as editor, Materials Section, International Journal of Prosthodontics and has authored classic papers that have changed the clinical practice of dentistry.
He shared his expertise and research experience with the faculty and students in three research seminars, covering Applied Research in Dental Materials, Load Fatigue and Biomechanics of Dental Implant Systems.
Professor Nicholls also delivered the keynote address of the Inter-Faculty Seminar on Applied Biomaterials and Bioengineering in Dentistry. This was jointly organised by the Department of Restorative Dentistry, BIOMAT Centre and Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering on 24th September 1998.
The faculty benefited considerably from Professor Nicholl's generous sharing of ideas and experience.
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