Global Collaborators

CTOR developed a large network of international academic collaborators conducting animal research and clinical trials in areas of interest for CTOR. These collaborations are helping orthodontists around the world change the way they practice our specialty.

Ada Cavalcanti, DMD, MS, PhD,

is the leader of a Cell Adhesion Group at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. As an orthodontist and biologist, her research focuses on the role of extracellular matrix in the regulation of cell migration, mechanotransduction, osteoblast differentiation and function. She has trained CTOR members in the use of nanopatterning surfaces in studies of osteoblast adhesion and migration.

Serafim M Oliveira, BS, MS, PhD,

a biomedical engineer with an interest in bone biology, is currently a faculty member at Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (IPV-ESTGV), Portugal. Serafim did part of his PhD work at CTOR laboratories in collaboration with the University of Porto, Portugal. He currently directs a research group in Biomechanical Engineering at his university, and continues to work closely with CTOR fellows in supervising work on mechanical stimulation of alveolar bone.


Juan Pablo Gomez Arango, DDS, MS,

is Director of Orthodontic Biomechanics at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, Colombia. As part of the Orthodontic faculty and INSAO research group, his efforts are centered on the application of 3D and Finite Elements tools in the understanding of the biomechanics of different orthodontic tooth moving systems. He is currently collaborating with CTOR fellows in research projects concerned with the biomechanical and clinical aspects of accelerated tooth movement.


Julia Harfin, DMD, PhD,

is Chair of the Orthodontic Program at Maimonides University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A periodontist and orthodontist by training, she has a keen interest in bone remodeling. Dr. Harfin and her department are part of CTOR’s multicenter clinical research trial on the use of osteoperforations to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement. The main clinical trial on the use of this minimally invasive technique to speed up orthodontic treatment was completed and published in the November 2013 issue of American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.


Conchita Martin Alvaro, DDS, MS, and Jose Antonio Alarcón, DDS, PhD

Conchita is Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean for Research at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Jose is Assistant Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Granada.
These Orthodontists / scientists investigate masticatory muscle physiology and neuromuscular activity in different malocclusions. They have been collaborating with CTOR in clinical studies exploring the role of cytokine activity in accelerated orthodontic tooth movement in humans. They are both practicing orthodontists and dedicated educators.


Jorge Rey, DDS, MS,

leads a Bone Research groupat Pontifica Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Columbia. As an orthodontist he is particularly interested in the biology of tooth movement and mechanical and electrical signals regulating mesenchymal cell differentiation and bone formation.

CTOR has established broader collaboration agreements with prestigious Universities with strong Innovation programs!


Stevens Institute of Technology

U.S. News & World Report has named Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as one of the top 25 "Most Innovative Schools" in the nation, in its Best Colleges rankings.

CTOR Academy is partnering with the Stevens’s Center for Healthcare Innovation and its Director Dr Peter Tolias, in the development of innovative practical ideas in the area of craniofacial research that can be tested in vitro, in vivo, and later in clinical trials.

Dr Hongjun Wang is Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stevens working closely with CTOR clinician/scientists . His lab is devoted to the design of biomimetic materials for the construction of multifunctional tissues. Dr Wang is working with CTOR on the study of the effect of mechanical stimulation on chondrocyte differentiation.


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

CTOR has signed an agreement with UNAM to carry out academic, scientific, and cultural activities jointly. CTOR has ongoing collaborations with 2 research groups at this university, both in Campus Ciudad de México and Léon.


Dr. Francisco Javier Marichi Rodríguez is the Director of the School of Dentistry (Facultad de Odontología at the University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. Dr. Marichi is a member of the Orthodontics Department at the División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación (Graduate School and Research Division) of the School of Dentistry. His current research involves novel therapeutic approaches for accelerated tooth movement in orthodontics.



Dr. Janeth Serrano Bello and Dr. Guillermo Villagomez are members of the Tissue Bioengineering Laboratory at the School of Dentistry, UNAM. Dr. Serrano is an expert on bone microarchitecture and her research focuses on bone regeneration through tissue bioengineering in animal models. Dr. Villagomez's primary research interests is the molecular mechanisms that control oral stem cells and their niches. He uses transgenic murine models and bioinformatics approaches to understand these mechanisms. Dr. Lucia Pérez Sánchez is an expert on bone bioengineering using 3D printing, and is an essential part of Dr. Serrano's research group.


Dr. Eileen Uribe-Querol leads the Developmental Biology Laboratory at the School of Dentistry, UNAM. Her research involves craniofacial developmental neurobiology, and body image, focusing on neuro-immuno-endocrine aspects of inflammation.


Dr. Daniel Garzón supervises the Unidad de Modelos Biológicos (Animal Facility) at Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, UNAM. This facility specializes in reproducing, maintaining, and controlling various laboratory animals for scientific research and technological development.


CTOR is working closely with Dr Laura Acosta Torres, the Director of Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores, Unidad León of UNAM. Dr Acosta Torres research focus on the use of nanoparticles in the development of dental materials capable of inhibiting microorganisms responsible for oral infections.


Dr. Achim Max Loske Mehring, another CTOR collaborator, is Head of Shock Wave Laboratory at Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada Dr Loske Mehring work brings together basic science, physics and biomedical engineering to develop novel applications for extracorporeal shock waves in Medicine and Biology. His current research work with CTOR explores the use of Shockwave Therapy for modeling and remodeling of craniofacial bone.



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