BOC Edinburgh 2014

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Dear ColleaguesSimon Littlewood (Original size)

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to Edinburgh for what promises to be an excellent British Orthodontic Conference. We have a world-class programme, with superb international and home-grown speakers, with our most ambitious social programme yet, and all in one of Europe’s finest cities.

We have been able to attract some of the best available speakers, including Professor Bill Proffit, Professor Kevin O’Brien, Professor Ted Eliades, Dr Nigel Harradine, Professor Susan Cunningham, Professor Tony Ireland, Professor David Bearn, Dr John Scholey, Dr Chris Chang. Professor Ted Eliades will give the Northcroft Lecture. The emphasis is on cutting edge technology and research that will help us to provide more efficient and higher quality clinical work. There simply isn’t a better value, better quality UK orthodontic course or conference to rival this event with something for everyone. For anyone involved in orthodontics, this event is simply too good to miss and will provide you with 15 hours of verifiable CPD – please see the full programme for more details.

I am delighted to say that we will be running the very popular lingual orthodontic session again, with guest speakers Dr Vittorio Cacciafesta and Dr Robbie Lawson, and the Leadership and Communication programme with Mr Mark Robb and Mr Harry Brunjes.

New innovations this year include the Ask the Expert Session, a new Key Support Staff Session in association with OrthoProgress, catering for non-clinical staff such as treatment co-ordinators, receptionists and practice managers. We will also be running parallel sessions for orthodontic nurses, therapists and technicians, so now the whole orthodontic team can attend. Make the most of team and early bird discounts. We have also further developed the popular conference App for smartphones, for the first time allowing interactive audience engagement – don’t miss out on this new development!

Our interactive Master Classes become more and more popular each year and this year’s Master Classes include a hands-on Lingual Orthodontics and a hands-on CBCT session. These are likely to be very popular, so book early to avoid disappointment.

There is no doubt that catching up with friends and peers is a key part of the BOC. This year we have set up our most ambitious social events yet, beginning with the Gala night held in one of Scotland’s premier locations –the National Museum of Scotland. At the Gala Night, sponsored by 3M Unitek, there will be culinary treats, drinks and entertainment and is sure to be a night to remember. On Friday night, for those of you who like a more formal night, we have the ever popular banquet which this year will celebrate Scottish culture and food. Do book early to ensure you get your place at this event.

With the current unrest in commissioning, the political session will be very popular this year. Running on the Thursday morning, this is an essential session for us to catch up on the most recent contract and commissioning information. The pre-conference course is “Don’t Look Now – An Update on Disinfection & Decontamination” by Dr Chris Whitworth, covering the GDC core CPD. Add to this the poster and clinical demonstrations, research presentations by postgraduates and the large Trade Exhibition, there really is so much packed into the BOC in Edinburgh. You can keep up to date with BOC Edinburgh news on Facebook at and on the BOS website at

So, as you can see, this really is a conference that is too good to miss. If you go to one meeting in 2014, make it the British Orthodontic Conference in Edinburgh.On behalf of the organising committee, I look forward to seeing you there.

Simon Littlewood, Chair, Conference and Meetings Committee

Programme subject to change if circumstances demand

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