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Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

The Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics plays an important role in the fields of education, research and dental treatment. On the bases of a medium-and a long-range point of view, the Department promotes the basic and clinical researches useful in diagnoses and treatment and fosters experts who can show the leadership as professionals to cope with various needs at home and abroad. Please access the Department website (http://web.dent.osaka-u.ac.jp/~ortho/) for further details.

Staff

position
name
E-mail (below@, dent.osaka-u.ac.jp)
Professor
Takashi Yamashiro
Associate Professor
Kohtaro Yashiro
Associate Professor
Chihiro Tanikawa
Associate Professor
Hiroshi Kurosaka
Assistant Professor
Shinsuke Itoh
Assistant Professor
Ayaka Oka
Assistant Professor
Yukako Isogai
Assistant Professor
Toshihiro Inufushi

RESEARCH

The Department does research on the followings:

1. Mathematical solution of inference and theoretical structures as a base of orthodontic knowledge and for decision-making in orthodontics,
2. Developing the mathematical modelling of masticatory system, 3-D craniofacial morphology and modelling and facial expression training system on the basis of mathematical modelling of the face,
3. Molecular biological solution on the factors related to the growth and development of teeth, jaws and faces.

In addition, the Department evaluates the 3-D structure and the movement of the facial soft tissue by employing 3-D facial radiology system or motion capture system.

EDUCATION

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

The Department provides not only education and guidance to undergraduate students but also 3-year advanced undergraduate training programs with the aim of fostering orthodontists to cope efficiently with needs at home and abroad.
First, the Department makes every effort to provide the students with opportunities to acquire up-to-date and advanced knowledge and skill by holding seminars lectured by invited eminent clinicians, professors and researchers from home and abroad. The Department can provide clinical education by offering the environment where residents can have abundant clinical experiences amounting to 150 cases during a period of 3 years per resident.
The dental /orthodontic practice of the day is required to make a diagnosis and a treatment plan based on scientific grounds, to give appropriate and adequate information to patients and to try to develop sufficient communication with them in the process of dental examination and treatment on the whole.
The Department aims at fostering orthodontic experts who can deal efficiently with technological innovation or various social needs caused by changes of social economy.