University of Sydney - 2019 wrap up

2019 has been another exciting year in the Orthodontic Department at the University of Sydney. Firstly we congratulate our newest Graduate Orthodontists - Chelsea Mann, Dipika Mistry, Morgan Wishney and Jessica Yeo, and thank their examiners –  Dr Ian Watson, Dr Daniel Vickers, Prof. Nejat Erverdi. We also welcome our new registrars for 2020: Yasi Gu, Priyanka Ponna, Neha Sood and Matthew Wong.

The second half of the year kicked off with Dr Morgan Wishney, Dr Alexandra Papadopoulou, and Professor M. Ali Darendeliler being selected to present at the European Orthodontic Society Congress in Nice this year; congratulations! The Australasian Society of Lingual Orthodontics Congress was the next stop for the department where we were blessed with insights from the world leaders in lingual orthodontics as well as with the sweeping picturesque views of Walsh Bay in Sydney. Akin to their busy schedules, Professor M. Ali Darendeliler and Dr Oyku Dalci were then invited to present at the International Turkish Orthodontic Society Symposium.

This year, we were fortunate to have numerous visiting academics to teach the postgrads on their field of expertise. Professor Craig Dreyer from the University of Adelaide spent a day sharing his knowledge and observing the Orthodontics clinic at Sydney Dental Hospital whilst taking in the sights and dishes that Sydney has to offer. We were then spoilt by Dr Nour Tarraf who spoke about TADs and some contemporary approaches, with many useful tips and tricks which many of us have employed in treating our own patients. As part of a joint collaboration with our visiting Oro-Maxillofacial surgeons, Professor Andrew Heggie and Professor Jocelyn Shand from Melbourne presented some enlightening presentations on the world of craniofacial surgical interventions, particularly in cleft lip and/or palate patients.

Before we knew it, the final year examinations were upon us, as was the Keith Godfrey Visiting Professor Meeting held at the Intercontinental Hotel, where the meeting entered the digital age with Professor Nejat Erverdi via videoconferencing to present from Turkey discussing the fascinating technique of archwire distraction osteogenesis via teleconference. We thank Prof Erverdi again for presenting such an eye-opening topic despite the time difference! 

Aside from lectures and conferences, Professor M. Ali Darendeliler and the postgrads travelled to Bali this year for the  annual wire bending and finishing course with the generous support of American Orthodontics. It was a welcomed hiatus from the Sydney Dental Hospital before the home straight to final examinations for the year.

As always, we are forever grateful to the external Orthodontic staff for generously volunteering their time, patience and expertise to tutor and guide us through our cases, and wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year.  

Ali Darendeliler