Professor Philip Benson, BOS director of research, is setting a target of £0.5m in donations and legacies in the decade ahead and is asking the orthodontic community to help

View film released here: https://www.bos.org.uk/BOSF

A new phase in the life of the British Orthodontic Society Foundation (BOSF) is being launched for 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity.

The Foundation plays a vital part in the work of the BOS, which is committed to advancing the science and practise of orthodontics.

Improving the lives of patients

Among those to have benefited is orthodontic consultant Andrew Flett with his investigative work to assess how helpful the BOS jaw surgery resource (www.jawsurgery.com) is to patients requiring orthognathic treatment.

Mr Flett said of BOSF: ‘It allows people like myself, who are mostly clinical, to take part in research and it’s allowed me to add to the evidence base so we can improve the quality of care for the patients we treat.’

Ansa Akram, a specialty registrar in orthodontics at the University of Bristol, is also a beneficiary.

She received £35k to assess the quality of life of children and young people born with missing adult teeth. She said: ‘My study is qualitative so it’s looking at the experience of patients.’

Supporting orthodontic research

Professor Benson, in the new video to publicise the Foundation, said: ‘We are coming up to the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the BOSF and it’s a good time for us to review what it has achieved, also to look forward to the future and to hope we will raise another half a million over the next ten years to support our orthodontic research.’

Both Professor Benson and the BOS president Professor Jonathan Sandler expressed their thanks to all BOS supporters and members, both individuals and companies, who have donated £1 million to BOSF in the last 20 years and made it into such an incredibly successful charity focusing on improving patient care.