Curriculum vitae

Heike Korbmacher-SteinerHeike Korbmacher-Steiner, Professor Dr, has been head of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Marburg, Germany since 2010. She received her dental training at the University of Aachen, Germany, and her PhD from the University of Hamburg. Her specialist training was conducted at the University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf. She has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Rostock, the University of Witten Herdecke, as well as the University of Aachen.
She was awarded the Arnold Biber Award of the German Orthodontic Society in 2007. Since 2008 she has been a certified member of the German Board of Orthodontics. Her primary areas of scientific interest are interactions of form and functional relationships with therapeutic consequences in the context of early orthodontic treatment and the treatment of adults, as well as therapeutic side effects such as demineralisation.


Orthodontics and orthopaedics – more than just cognates
From the anatomical and functional point of view, the stomatognathic and musculoskeletal system generally, and more particularly the upper cervical spine, are closely interlinked. Together with complex neuromuscular relationships, this gives rise to an important field of collaboration between orthodontics and orthopaedics. The literature highlights the importance of close interdisciplinary cooperation for patients with syndromes and for those with torticollis, scoliosis, and hip dysplasia. Since collaboration is obvious in these special cases, such aspects of orthopaedic relevance are now being taken increasingly into account in further studies. Although relevant publications were initially confined to studies of moderate scientific interest or case reports, this has progressed further in recent interdisciplinary studies. Despite the many clinical studies, there are no clear recommendations for the conditions under which an orthopaedic specialist may need to be consulted for patients with orthodontic problems.

Aim, Objectives & Learning Outcomes

  • Aims: To review the associations between disturbances of the stomatognathic and the musculoskeletal system
  • Objectives: This lecture will provide an enhanced understanding of the association between orthopaedic and orthodontic disturbances.
  • Learning outcomes: Following this presentation, delegates should have acquired knowledge regarding form and functional relationships in relation to orthopaedic disturbances and orthodontic findings.