Curriculum vitae

Ravindra Nanda is Professor Emeritus, Former UConn Alumni Endowed Chair and Head of the Department of Craniofacial Sciences and Division of Orthodontics, University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut, USA.
He received his dental and orthodontic training first at Lucknow, India and then from Nÿmegen, The Netherlands and the University of Connecticut. He also received a PhD from the University of Nÿmegen. He was an assistant professor of orthodontics at Loyola University, Illinois, USA from 1970 to 1972 and since 1972 he has been associated with the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Nanda has been active in orthodontic research in the areas of biomechanics, clinical trials and acceleration of orthodontic treatment. He has authored, with his colleagues, more than 250 scientific papers and eight text books. He is Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Orthodontics which received its first journal impact factor in 2018. He is on the editorial board of 10 different national and international orthodontic journals and is also an associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.
He is an active member of various organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, the European Orthodontic Society and the Edward H. Angle Society. Dr Nanda is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He has given numerous named lectures at national and international societies including the Mershon Lecture at the American Association of Orthodontics and Sheldon Friel Lecture at the 2011 EOS Congress. He has been recognized with various awards from numerous international orthodontic organizations.

Abstract

Traditional, state of the art and future concepts in orthodontics
Orthodontics as a profession is at a crossroads. Over the last century there has been considerable progress in application of cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment planning devices, as well as memory alloys to treat patients. However, the profession is still searching for ways to accelerate orthodontic treatment and to minimize, or eliminate, the side effects of treatment such as white spots, periodontal problems and root resorption to name a few. Our profession has been mired in a number of unproven concepts, which we perpetuate despite the available knowledge to the contrary. Our state-of-the art concepts are based on newer information from well-designed studies and systematic reviews and meta analyses. Unfortunately, evidence-based studies are few and a large amount of work is needed in this area. Moreover, the profession has been slow in accepting evidence-based studies when they contradict traditional concepts. This presentation will discuss various old and new concepts and how orthodontics may be practiced in the future.

Aim, Objectives & Learning Outcomes

  • Aims: To provide an overview of the role of evidence-based orthodontics and its role in orthodontics.
  • Objectives: This lecture will provide a contemporary overview of the evidence base in orthodontics and consider how we manage this evidence where it may contradict some of the more traditional concepts.
  • Learning outcomes: This presentation will highlight specific aspects of the evidence base and allow delegates to consider how it fits with their own clinical practice and the concepts they may have been taught. The presentation will encourage delegates to consider how we may use this evidence to practice in the future.