The annual prize-giving at the British Orthodontic Conference (BOC) saw more than 25 people recognised for an outstanding contribution to the BOS or wider orthodontic specialty

Among them was Aarti Mehta who won the BOS University Teachers’ Group (UTG) award for her research into: ‘The influence of interdental spacing on perceived smile aesthetics.’

 Professor Jonathan Sandler, President of BOS, commented afterwards: ‘Interdental spacing can be a problem, particularly when unravelling crowding for adult patients. The deterioration in their dental aesthetics is temporary but nevertheless needs careful communication.’

Inspirational work

‘I’d like to congratulate Aarti. She discussed this very important issue and offered suggestions that will help this group of patients. The UTG prize, sponsored by Orthocare, is very important recognition of the excellent work of all the young trainees in this country and hopefully it will inspire them to continue to contribute towards the evidence base for orthodontic treatment in the UK.’

The runners up were: Rupal Shah – Orthodontic treatment outcomes in adolescents from the parent perspective and Emer Byrne – 3D assessment of facial asymmetry in children with uni-coronal synostosis. Rupal Shah also took first prize for the 2018 Morth case prize with Justin Kearney and Aufa Bahar in second and third places.

Other awards at the BOC

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP Roberto Justus;

LIFE MEMBERSHIP immediate past President Alison Murray and immediate past Secretary Steve Rudge;

SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD Amelia Jerreat

DISTINCTION AWARD Steve Richmond

HONORARY PATRON’S CUP Jayne Harrison

BOS CLINICAL AUDIT PRIZE 2018, First: Hesham Ali and N Mandall – Infection prevention and control processes: a two-cycle audit; second: Victoria Wilson, A Puri and R Mattick – Alveolar bone graft for patients with clefts of the lip, palate and alveolus (CLP): service evaluation of waiting times and outcomes at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne; Third: Ian Murphy, C Dunbar, R Karanjkar and J Downie – An audit of orthognathic patient satisfaction and occlusal outcomes using PAR and IOFTN in a District General Hospital

BOC RESEARCH POSTER PRIZE SPONSORED BY ORMCO First: Steven Fletcher, H Bekker and D Morris – The psychometric testing of an orthodontic treatment patient satisfaction questionnaire

BOC AUDIT POSTER PRIZE SPONSORED BY ORMCO Raiees Patel, A Rezvani, R Patel, J Dancer, D Fox and S Matthew – A multi-centre audit of the effectiveness of functional appliance therapy

CHAPMAN PRIZE Martyn Cobourne; Geoffrey Fletcher, Ariane Sampson

HOUSTON POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARD John Perry, JK Williams MOrth MEDA Sarah Griffiths

JOURNAL OF ORTHODONTICS SCIENTIFIC PAPER OF THE YEAR Rachel Little and David Spary

LAURENCE USISKIN STUDENT ELECTIVE PRIZE Xue Mei Chong

MAURICE BERMAN PRIZE Trevor Hodge

PRACTITIONER GROUP CASES PRIZE Richard Parker

RESEARCH PROTOCOL AWARD SPONSORED BY JJ THOMPSON Miesha Virdi

WILLIAM HOUSTON (RCSEd) MEDAL Cian Lowney

BOS AWARD TO AN ORTHODONTIC TECHNICIAN FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Kerry Lancaster

BOS STUDENT TECHNICIAN AWARD Amy Costello

NORTHCROFT MEMORIAL LECTURE Professor Martyn Cobourne.


For more information on the BOS see: www.bos.org.uk