Prof. Theodore Eliades is Director of the Clinic of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and Director of Research of the Center of Dental Medicine, Interim Director of the Institute of Oral Biology at the University of Zurich and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He qualified in Dentistry from the University of Athens and completed the Orthodontic Postgraduate Program of the Ohio State University.
He earned a Master’s degree from the Ohio State University, a Doctorate degree in medical sciences from the University of Athens, and a PhD degree from the University of Manchester. He has published 200 papers, 45 book chapters and edited 11 textbooks. A Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Prof. Eliades is the first dentist elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Institute of Physics (UK).
He has been affiliated with institutions in the US and Europe (Texas-Houston, Marquette, Manchester and Bonn), and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the J Dent Biomechanics, Associate Editor of the Eur J Orthod, the AJODO, and Progress Orthod. He was the 2014 Northcroft Memorial lecturer for the British Orthodontic Society conference, the 2015 Jan Taylor Visiting Lecturer of the Australian Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education, and has been offered the 2018 Milton Sims Visiting Professorship at the University of Adelaide.
OPENING CEREMONY KEYNOTE LECTURE: Smart materials in Orthodontics: a glimpse of the future
Despite the ongoing saturation of the orthodontic market by novel materials and devices, the basic concepts of attaching one appliance to the enamel to use as a grip and inserting wires into that to control the spatial orientation of a tooth, are identical to the original concepts. In contrast to that, there is a flood of novel smart material applications, which have replaced conventional materials in various biomedical, industrial and everyday life applications. The lecture presents a synopsis of these new materials, listing Orthodontic applications that already exist at the experimental stage or are yet unavailable but with the relevant technology being established in other scientific disciplines. Within this context smart material applications will be presented, including non-invasive bonding and debonding techniques, self-healing and self-cleaning brackets, shape memory plastic wires, new BPA-free monomers for bonding, as well as a new class of materials, the biomimetic materials, which adopt the paradigm of function of living creatures.