Susan Cunningham graduated from Leeds University, UK, in 1988. Her orthodontic training was undertaken at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, gaining an MSc in 1994, Membership in Orthodontics in 1995 and PhD in 2000. She is now Professor of Orthodontics/Honorary Consultant at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and is Programme Director of the postgraduate orthodontic programme, one of the largest postgraduate programmes in Europe. She is involved in all aspects of postgraduate orthodontic education in the UK and Europe and is also honorary secretary of the European Orthodontic Society.
Her main research interests are in the psychology of dentofacial discrepancies and the outcomes of orthodontic and orthognathic treatment. She has published more than 110 original research papers and contributed to a number of specialist textbooks.
‘It’s not just about the teeth …’
This presentation will look at the evolution of patient centred research and its importance in modern day orthodontics. The importance of seeking patient input and taking into account patients’ opinions at all stages of treatment will be considered alongside the research evidence. The implications for this area of research in future healthcare planning will also be discussed.