Mission

Our mission is to integrate basic, clinical, and translational sciences with industrial resources to advance medical and dental treatments for patients with craniofacial pathologies, which can range from mild malocclusions to severe craniofacial syndromes.

Advancing treatments for craniofacial pathologies requires expansive interdisciplinary expertise. Medical and dental specialists working together with basic science researchers in biomedicine, bioengineering, computing and data analysis to drive the innovations that our industrial partners will bring to the global marketplace.

To achieve our mission CTOR focuses on three important areas:

EDUCATION

Today’s clinicians and basic science researchers needs to be more familiar with each other fields. Evidence-based medicine and dentistry demands an in-depth knowledge of basic science, and ground-breaking research demands a working knowledge of clinical pathologies. We at CTOR recognize this gap in education and are committed to help clinicians and scientists to expand their knowledge in both clinical and scientific aspects of craniofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics through an extensive array of educational programs:

  • Specialty Training in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics – we offer a 36-month program that provides specialty training to US- and foreign-trained dentists to become both exceptional Orthodontists and translational scientists.
  • Clinical and Research Fellowships in Craniofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics – We offer full- and part- time Clinical and Research Fellowship Programs for dentists, physicians and allied healthcare providers in the field of Craniofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics.
  • Continuing Education (CE) Programs – We offer CE courses to clinicians looking to expand their clinical skills and knowledge through innovative and rewarding CE Programs
  • Graduate Education in Biomedical Engineering – We partner with Stevens Institute of Technology to offer both an MS and PhD in Bioengineering for exceptionally dedicated individuals who share our passion for advancing treatments for patients with craniofacial pathologies.

DISSIMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE

While advancing the science is the main goal of CTOR, these advancements should be shared nationally and internationally by other clinicians and scientist to have an impact in our field. Therefore, one of the main efforts of CTOR has been focused on the dissemination of knowledge including the following initiatives:

  • INNOVATION – CTOR Press new open access journal offers clinicians and scientists an opportunity to publish their innovative research for free.
  • Textbooks – Mechanotherapy in Orthodontics book series from CTOR Pressis an innovative and comprehensive orthodontic book that guides students and clinicians from basic biomechanics principles to advanced mechanotherapy concepts, incorporating current scientific evidence on advances in tooth movement and craniofacial growth.
  • CTOR YouTube channel – offers short educational videos on Mechanotherapy in orthodontics, discusses the latest research publications from CTOR team, and reviews clinical cases where these principle are applied in its “Back to the Clinic” series
  • National and International Scientific Meetings – We at CTOR are actively involved in the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) as active leaders in these organizations and by supporting awards in recognition of outstanding research by faculty and students.

RESEARCH

At the heart of CTOR is our passion for research and innovation. CTOR was able to contribute to many scientific breakthroughs in understanding the biological and mechanical principles of craniofacial form and function, and how these interact with each other. In addition, by translating our basic science investigations into clinical practice, we have generated 9 patents and 3 commercially available appliances to optimize Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics’ treatments. Our success in implementing a translational research program gives us insights into best practices for integrating interdisciplinary biomedical teams, all to benefit our patients.