Cobourne, Martyn - professor and honorary consultant in orthodontics


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Mr Martyn Cobourne, professor of orthodontics


Research secretary: Angela Gates, 020 7188 1795

Area of expertise: orthodontics

  • Biography

    Professor Martyn Cobourne is a graduate of King's College London and undertook his postgraduate training at both King's and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. Between 1999 and 2002 he was a MRC Clinical Training Fellow in Craniofacial Biology at UMDS with Professor Paul Sharpe. 

    His clinical interests lie in the management of complex orthodontic problems, with particular emphasis on multidisciplinary orthodontic-surgical treatment of patients with severe non-syndromic facial deformity. He runs a basic science research laboratory investigating craniofacial anomalies at King’s College London and has led several randomized controlled trials investigating the clinical efficiency of orthodontic appliances.

    He is Training Programme Director in Orthodontics at Guy's and St Thomas', Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Orthodontics and Director of research at the British Orthodontic Society.

  • Education and training 

    • United Medical and Dental Schools (1998-2002)
    • King’s College London Dental Institute (1994-1997)
    • Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry (1986-1990).
  • Specialist interests

    • Self-ligating orthodontic appliances, including the Damon system
    • Orthognathic treatment
    • Management of cleidocranial dyplasia.
  • Research interests

    Principle investigator in a laboratory-based research group within the Department of Craniofacial Development at King's College London Dental Institute investigating molecular mechanisms underlying disorders affecting the craniofacial region, including cleft lip and palate, holoprosencephaly and regulation of tooth number.

  • Awards

    • British Society of Dental Research Senior Colgate prize (2000)
    • British Orthodontic Society Chapman Prize (2014)
    • Royal College of Surgeons of England Charles Tome Medal (2015)
  • Publications

    Over 90 original publications and co-author of two successful orthodontic textbooks (Handbook of Orthodontics, Mosby Elsevier; Clinical Cases in Orthodontics, Wiley).

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