Tuomo Heikkinen, DDS, PhD
FIN-90014 University of Oulu
E-mail: tuomo.heikkinen (at) oulu.fi
Phone: +358 407137074, +358 405152433
Tuomo Heikkinen completed his DDS degree at the university of Oulu 1981, received speciality in orthodontics 1988 and defended his PhD thesis in 1996 at the University of Oulu. He became a docent at the University of Oulu in 2010.
Heikkinen has worked as a teacher and clinical supervisor for undergraduates and postgraduates altogether more than 30 years at the Department of Oral Development and Orthodontics, Institute of Dentistry, University of Oulu.
Heikkinen has been lecturing both extreme ends of orthodontic sciences: oral growth and development (embryology) and adult orthodontics. He has been also a consulting orthodontist, and an associate of the cleft palate and craniofacial team, University Hospital of Oulu. He has had private practice since 1981 and he has been a consulting orthodontist in Oulu area and Meri-Lappi health centers since 1983.
Heikkinen has been a representative of Finland in the EFOSA and Orthodontic teachers forum Wienna 2006, and he was an ERASMUS- visitor in Germany Witten-Herdecke Institute of Dentistry 2003. Heikkinen received 2011 EOS grant for 3D studies in Twins.
Currently his main clinical impact has been on the postgraduate level. Since 2006 he has been the postgraduate program manager at the department.
Heikkinen has been a committee member in the teams organizing two international congresses in Oulu: 1998 Dental Morphology (Abstract book edited by Heikkinen and Proceedings book by John T Mayhall and T Heikkinen) and 2012 NOS (Nordic Orthodontic Society, Abstract book committee member).
Heikkinen´s research interest has involved dental disturbances during pregnancy, the role of laterality development in the dentition and occlusion, asymmetry, dental morphology and 3D studies on the form of the faces in twins and in special patient groups, recently those receiving Herbst- treatment and orthognathic surgery.
Heikkinen is a member of International association of dental research (IADR), European orthodontic society (EOS) and Finnish Dental Society, where he has been a field educator, and also the treasurer of the Orthodontic section from 2004 to 2006. Heikkinen is the author of more than 24 original articles, 37 congress abstracts and several other publications close to the field (see CV).