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Volume 22 , Issue 4
Fall 2008

Pages 307–316


From Movement to Models: A Tribute to Professor Alan G. Hannam

William L. Hylander/Anne S. McMillan/Ernest W. N. Lam/Makoto Watanabe/Geerling E. J. Langenbach/Ian Stavness/Christopher C. Peck/Sandro Palla


PMID: 19090403

This tribute article to Professor Alan G. Hannam is based on 7 presentations for him at the July 1, 2008 symposium honoring 3 “giants” in orofacial neuroscience: Professors B.J. Sessle, J.P. Lund, and A.G. Hannam. This tribute to Hannam’s outstanding career draws examples from his 40-year academic career and spans topics from human evolution to complex modeling of the craniomandibular system. The first presentation by W. Hylander provides a plausible answer to the functional and evolutionary significance of canine reduction in hominins. The second presentation, by A. McMillan, describes research activities in the field of healthy aging, including findings that intensity-modulated radiotherapy improves the health condition and quality of life of people with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in comparison to conventional radiotherapy. The developments in dental imaging are summarized in the third paper by E. Lam, and an overview of the bite force magnitude and direction while clenching is described in the fourth paper by M. Watanabe. The last 3 contributions by G. Langenbach, I. Staveness, and C. Peck deal with the topic of bone remodeling as well as masticatory system modeling, which was Hannam’s main research interest in recent years. These contributions show the considerable advancements that have been made in the last decade under Hannam’s drive, in particular the development of an interactive model comprising, in addition to the masticatory system, also the upper airways. The final section of the article includes a final commentary from Professor Hannam. J Orofac Pain 2008;22:307–316

Key words: anthropology, biomechanics imaging, bite force, evolution, modeling, occlusal forces


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