Professor Emeritus Birte Melsen was born in Aabenraa, Denmark 9th of June 1939. She did not want to become a dentist, but her stephfather encouraged her to choose dentistry instead of mathematics which had been her preference. During her dental studies she met E.Harvold who inspired her to go for orthodontics. She became professor and Head of Department of orthodontics at the university of Aarhus Denmark i 1975. She retired from this position 2012 and is now affiliated with the University of West Australia Perth, NYU NewYork and the university of Hannover Germany with the title of visiting Professor. Since 1986, she has been working part-time in a private practice in Lübeck, Germany (limited to adult orthodontics).
Professor Melsen has authored more than 400 publications in the fields of growth and development based on research of human autopsy material, bone biology and clinical implant studies. The inspiration she ows to many colleagues, among others A.Bjørk, M. Moss, H. Frost, C. Burstone. In recent years her professional interests have focused primarily on the fields of Skeletal Anchorage, Virtual Imaging and Adult Orthodontic Treatment.
In 2000 she received the Knighthood of Dannebrog 1st degree
Education and positions:
1964 – Examination for the dental degree (first class), Royal Dental College (now: School of Dentistry), Aarhus, Denmark.
1971 – Jus Practicandi as dentist (authorization to practice as dentist)
1971 – Specialization in Orthodontics
1971 – Acting Head, Department of Orthodontics, Royal Dental College, Aarhus, Denmark.
1972-75 – Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Royal Dental College, Aarhus, Denmark.
1974 – The Doctoral Degree in Dentistry, Royal Dental College, Aarhus, Denmark.
1975-2012 – Professor and Head, Department of Orthodontics, Aarhus University, Aarhus,Denmark
1990-92 – Visiting Professor, Universita degli Studi Di Napoli, Il Facolta Di Medina E Chirugia, Scuola Di Specializzazione in Ortognatodonzia, Naples, Italy