Curriculum vitae

Yijin RenYijin Ren has been Professor and Head of the Department of Orthodontics at the University Medical Centre Groningen the Netherlands, since 2007. She has been the Director of the Kolff Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science at the same university since 2015. Professor Ren is also a consultant orthodontist in the North Netherlands Cleft Lip and Palate Team.

Professor Ren has received a number of prestigious national and international awards in the last 15 years, including the best 5-year paper by the Dutch Orthodontic Society, Stimulation Grant for Talented PhD’s by Dutch Scientific Organization (VENI), Distinguished Scientist Award Young Investigator Award by IADR, best paper of the year by Dutch Dental Journal, Best poster awards by European Orthodontic Society and Outstanding Alumni Award by Wuhan University.

Her scientific interests focus on translational research in the field of biofilms and biomaterials-associated infection, and bone biology in relation to orthodontic tooth movement. She is a consortium participant for the project ‘ALERT’ by H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2015 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions from the European Union (2016–2020) and a co-applicant for an International Collaboration Mega Grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2017–2021). Furthermore, she is active in research on clinical applications of three-dimensional (3D) imaging, 3D printing and 3D workflow.
She was a former Council member of World Federation of Orthodontists and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of European Journal of Orthodontics, Progress in Orthodontics, and Shanghai Journal of Stomatology. Professor Ren has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles across different disciplines and has given over 100 lectures at national and international conferences.


More About Bone
In this much anticipated session of ‘All about bone’, the present lecture will address ‘More about bone’. In addition to the well-established biological foundation of bone resorption and apposition during remodelling in response to orthodontic force stimuli, there is more to know about bone that is relevant to orthodontics and which may have a meaningful impact on our clinical practice.

In this brief review of bone remodelling and the connection between bones (suture) and between bone and teeth (periodontal ligament), new advances will be presented and discussed, in relation to clinical orthodontics. The complex interaction between bone, biomaterials and oral microbes will be covered, delicately intervened and regulated by the human immune system, also contemporary aspects of tissue engineering of bone, including bone regeneration and three-dimensional bioprinting of bone.

Aim, Objectives & Learning Outcomes

  • Aims: To provide an overview of bone biology and its relevance in orthodontic clinical practice.
  • Objectives: This lecture will provide a contemporary overview of the bone remodelling process, as relevant to orthodontic clinical practice.
  • Learning outcomes: This presentation will highlight the relevance of bone to their own clinics and will encourage delegates to consider this important issue in day-to-day clinical practice.