Future Moyers Symposium Dates: MARCH 4-6, 2022 | MARCH 3-5, 2023 (CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION)

The 48th Annual Moyers Symposium

March 4 - March 6, 2022


The Moyers Symposium is a unique event that brings all attendees and speakers together in the same room. This format promotes discussion and the sharing of different perspectives – vital to advancement of our profession. The Moyers Symposium is also a time for social and professional networking. The “in person experience” is a large part of what makes this symposium special. The safety of our Moyers Symposium speakers and attendees is a top priority during this time of pandemic. For these reasons, we have decided not to hold the Moyers Symposium in 2021.

We are hopeful that the pandemic will be better controlled in 2022 and encourage you to join us for the planned Moyers Symposium of 2022 (March 4-6, 2022).

Of note, 2023 marks the University of Michigan Orthodontic Program’s Centennial Anniversary. We will be holding events in celebration of this 100th year anniversary over the 2023 Moyers Symposium weekend, including a University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Reception at “The Big House”. Please mark your calendars for what should be a fun and exciting weekend: March 3-5, 2023.


The 47th Annual Moyers Symposium
February 29 - March 1, 2020

Controversial Topics in Orthodontics: Can We Reach Consensus?

As dental and orthodontic practitioners, it can be challenging to keep up with the continual flow of new evidence in support of traditional vs. non-traditional treatment philosophies and techniques. For this 47th Annual Moyers Symposium presenters will provide the latest knowledge on a variety of topics that may not have yet achieved a level of consensus in our profession. Many questions remain. What is adequate evidence to achieve professional consensus? What is the expert consensus on the orthodontists’ role in obstructive sleep apnea, TMD, and new therapies such as the Carriere appliance, implant supported skeletal expansion and corticotomies? Are traditional biomechanic principles relevant to our newer treatment techniques used with clear aligners? Is there any upside to DYI orthodontics and if not, how should our profession handle this phenomenon? The goal of this year’s symposium is for attendees to participate in lively discussion and leave with greater confidence in their perception of consensus in diagnosis and treatment options.

In addition, the 46th Annual International Conference on Craniofacial Research (the “Presymposium”) will be held on the Friday before the Moyers Symposium, on Feb 28, 2020 in the Kellogg Auditorium of the School of Dentistry. The Presymposium conference will feature presentations by speakers and time for discussion of presented topics on orthodontic digital technologies, biomedical advances and additional relevant craniofacial research. A Presymposium Reception will be held outside the Kellogg Auditorium in the School of Dentistry immediately following Presymposium talks on Friday. You are encouraged to attend both the Presymposium and Symposium meetings.

As in previous years, the Annual Moyers Symposium honors the late Dr. Robert E. Moyers, Professor Emeritus of Dentistry and Founding Director of the University of Michigan, Center for Human Growth and Development.

In addition to the speaker talks, we hope you will join us at our University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Reception, to be held within the Rackham Building on Saturday evening.


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Symposium Day 1

8:15am Registration
Rackham Auditorium, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan
Session 1: Overview
9:00am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
James McNamara, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
Nan E. Hatch, DMD, PhD, Chair - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan School of Dentistry


Controversies and Consensus in Orthodontics: Clinical Practice, Education and Publication
David Rice, BDS, PhD, FDSOrth, Professor and Head of Orthodontics, University of Helsinki
Consultant Orthodontist, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
European Journal of Orthodontics, Editor in Chief
10:30am Break
11:00am Evaluating new approaches to the treatment of Class II and Class III malocclusions in adolescents, adults and juveniles: The Carriere Motion appliance system
James McNamara, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
Session 2
1:30pm The Latest Developments and Advanced Applications with Non-surgical Midfacial Skeletal Expansion (MSE): Fiction or Reality?
Won Moon, DMD, MS, Associate Clinical Professor and Thomas R. Bales Endowed Chair in Orthodontics, UCLA School of Dentistry
2:10pm Augmented Corticotomy-assisted Arch Expansion and Periodontal Phenotype Modification for Adult Orthodontics
Chin-Wei "Jeff" Wang, DDS, MMSc, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
3:00pm Break
Session 3: TMJD and Pain: Etiology and the Patient Experience
3:30pm Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence - A (human) brainstorm on how they are revolutionizing dental research, education, and treatment
Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc, Associate Professor, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
4:10pm Mechanobehavior and Temporomandibular Disorders: a departure from the parafunction model
Jeffrey Nickel, DMD, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
4:50pm Panel discussion (speakers from Day 1 sessions)
5:10pm Adjournment
6:00pm Reception for University of Michigan Alumni and Friends (all attendees are welcome)
Rackham Lobby, 4th floor, The University of Michigan

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Symposium Day 2

Session 4: The Need for Rationale Biomechanics
9:00am Changing times for Orthodontics: Expertise, convenience or do it yourself?
Bhavna Shroff, DDS, MDentSc, MPA, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry
9:40am The things I do for love – Diagnosis, prevention and management of clinical management of impacted teeth
Carlos Flores Mir, DDS, DSc, FRCD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Alberta
10:20am Controlling the Vertical Dimension with Clear Aligners, What's Really happening?
Mazyar Moshiri, DMD, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Center for Advanced Dental Education, Saint Louis University
11:00am Panel discussion (all Symposiumm speakers)
11:40am Adjournment


All Presymposium talks will be held in the Kellogg Auditorium (Room G005) at the School of Dentistry.

Friday, February 28, 2020


7:30am Registration Opens
8:00am Welcome
Laurie K. McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD, Dean - University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Nan Hatch, DMD, PhD, Chair - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Session 1: Tooth Movement and Bone Remodeling – Moderator Wanida Ono
8:10am Regulators of Periodontal Mineralization: Effects on Dental Eruption, Exfoliation, and Orthodontic Tooth Movement
Brian L. Foster, PhD, Division of Biosciences, Ohio State University
8:30am Force System of V-bends: Two vs. Three dimensional Analysis of Tooth Movements
Meenakshi Vishwanath, BDS, MDS, MDentSc, Department of Growth and Development, University of Nebraska Medical Center
8:50am Circulatory microRNAs in Gingival Crevicular Fluid During Tooth Movement
Phimon Atsawasuwan, DDS, MSc, MSc, MS, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago
9:10am Novel Roles of Tendon in the TMJ Condyle Formation and Remodeling
Yan Jing, DMD, MS, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, Texas A&M
9:30am Panel Discussion: Session 1 Speakers
9:50am Break
Session 2: Temporomandibular Joint and Facial pain – Moderator Lucia Cevidanes
10:10am Minimally Invasive Approach for Diagnosing TMJ Osteoarthritis
Brandon Shoukri, DDS, MS, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
10:30am A Longitudinal Analysis of TMJ Compressive Stresses and Mandibular Growth in Children
Laura Iwasaki, DDS, MSc, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, Oregon Health & Science University
10:50am Botulinum Toxin A for the Treatment of Headache Associated to TMD
Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker, DDS, MS, MPH, Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, University of Buffalo
11:10am Quantitative Subchondral Imaging Biomarkers to Diagnose of TMJ Osteoarthritis
Jonas Bianchi, DDS, MS, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
11:30am Panel Discussion: Session 2 Speakers
11:50am Lunch
Session 3: Management of Canine Impaction and TADs – Moderator Hera Kim-Berman
1:20pm Space Management of Labially Impacted Maxillary Canines
Steve Lash, DDS, MS, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
1:40pm Non-Surgical Adult Expansion using MARPE or DRESDEN Expander
Manuel Lagravere Vich, DDS, MSc, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Alberta
2:10pm How to Get Better at TADs Quickly
Sebastian Baumgaertel, DMD, MSD, FRCD, Department of Orthodontics, Case Western Reserve University
2:30pm Panel Discussion: Session 3 Speakers
2:50pm Break
Session 4: Clinical Treatment – Moderator Antonio Ruellas
3:10pm Post-pubertal Assessment of the Dentoskeletal Effects Produced by the Alt-RAMEC Protocol for the Early Treatment of Class III Malocclusion
Lorenzo Franchi, DDS, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, University of Firenze, Italy
3:30pm Long-term Oral Health Effects of Orthodontic Class II Treatment
Niko Bock, DMD, Department of Orthodontics, University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg
3:50pm Maxillary Expansion, Growth Hormone Mediators and Breathing Function
Rosamaria Fastuca, DDS, MS, PhD, Department of Orthodontics, Universities of Messina and Insubria, Italy
4:10pm Taming the Plastic to Improve Clear Aligner Predictability
Jay Bowman, DMD, MSD, Private Practice, Kalamazoo Michigan
4:30pm Panel Discussion: Session 4 Speakers, All Speakers and Participants
4:50pm Poster Session and Reception, Sindecuse Atrium, Ground floor School Of Dentistry



The Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies is located at 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.



The trip between the Detroit Metro Airport and Ann Arbor takes about 20-30 minutes.

Taxi costs around US$ 50. They usually take 3 people (it is not necessary to make reservations for the taxi).

The most economical option is to take a shuttle.

Another alternative (a bit more expensive) is to take the Metrocar Services. The driver will wait for you at the baggage claim, pick up your bags, and bring you to Ann Arbor (they generally take up to 3 people).


Due to the effect of the Great Lakes, the weather in Ann Arbor can vary widely in March. Temperatures can range from 30°F at night to 65°F midday. The 5-year daily high average is 52°F. Precipitation can range from light snow to thunderstorms. It is best to come prepared for cold nights and cool-to-mild days.


The Symposium, which began in 1974, honors Dr. Robert E Moyers. Dr. Moyers chaired the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics (1953-1966) and later was the Founding Director of the UM Center for Human Growth and Development (1964-1980). The Center was established as a university-wide interdisciplinary unit to better understand childhood growth and development.

Under his leadership, the Center gained international prominence not only for interdisciplinary research in craniofacial biology, but also in developmental biology, nutrition, public health, morphometrics, anthropology, linguistics, and pediatrics.

Author of the textbook, Handbook of Orthodontics, Moyers was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons in London (1955). He received the profession’s highest award, the Albert H. Ketcham Award (1988) and was posthumously inducted into the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Hall of Honor (2004).