Nominate a Colleague for the 2018 Award by March 31 (See Below)

The AAO will present the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research during the 2017 Annual Session in San Diego to Dr. William R. Proffit. Dr. Proffit will receive his award just before his lecture, “Learning from Experience…and Sharing it Credibly” (8 a.m., Sunday, April 23, Room 6D of the San Diego Convention Center).

At the conclusion of Dr. Proffit’s presentation, the individual selected to receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Orthodontic Research will be announced.

“Over the history of the specialty of orthodontics there have been a number of uncommon individuals who have devoted their entire careers toward the pursuit of research and discovery and each, in their own way, advanced the basic or clinical sciences associated with orthodontics,” says Dr. Rolf Behrents, editor-in-chief of the AJO-DO.

“Names such as Angle, Case, Hellman, Broadbent, Sicher, Tweed, Brodie, Krogman, Bjork, Harvold, Moorees, Graber, Moyers, Ricketts, Sassouni, and many others come to mind,” Dr. Behrents continues. “Such individuals conducted important investigations and made significant contributions to orthodontics. At the culmination of their careers some were honored in various ways, but many simply faded away without recognition or ceremony. In an attempt to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the science related to the specialty of orthodontics over the course of their lifetimes, the AAO established the Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research and has appropriately selected Dr. Proffit as the first recipient. Through his research, teaching, publications, and presentations, Bill Proffit has had an extraordinary influence on specialty of orthodontics across the U.S. and around the world.  His lifelong devotion to the specialty has clearly shaped our present and helped design our future.”

Nominations for the 2018 Life Time Research Award Due March 31 

Nominations for the second Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research will be accepted at through March 31, 2017.

Click here to view criteria for consideration for the research award and access required nomination materials. There is also an option to support any individual who has already been nominated.

Any AAO member in good standing may submit a nomination for the research award. A nominee may be from the United States or from any other country, and does not have to be an orthodontist.

Once the winner of the award is determined, he or she will be invited to make a presentation at the 2018 AAO Annual Session in Washington, D.C. during the Doctors Scientific Program. At the beginning of the presentation, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research will be honored; at the conclusion of the presentation, the next recipient will be announced and will receive his or her award in 2019.

Please direct questions to Dr. Behrents at