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The Chairman of Malmö City Council and an international authority on pain research become honorary doctors.


CEREMONY. The Faculty of Odontology will award Kent Andersson and Richard Ohrbach the appointments of Honorary Doctor at Malmö University's annual ceremony on October 20. Both recipients in their respective focus areas on both sides of the Atlantic have greatly contributed to a strong development of the faculty.

Kent Andersson, a politician since 1984, has been closely associated with the faculty for many years. Once a patient more than 50 years ago, Kent Andersson accepted in 2010 the role as chairman of the faculty board, a position he maintained until 2015. Prior to that, he was vice-chairman of Malmö University Board 2000-2010. With Kent Andersson on the faculty board the faculty benefited from his strong network and knowledge of and experience from the expansion and development of the city. During Kent Andersson's leadership, meetings were always well organized and professional, yet characterized by a positive and constructive spirit.

Chairman and Mayor

Kent Andersson, Malmö City Council Chairman becomes Honorary Doctor at Malmö UniversityThe motivation behind the nomination refers to Kent Andersson's symbolic role as mayor, and reads: In the role as mayor he is together with his wife Monica Blomberg an unrivaled host at events in City Hall, where they together represent the city of Malmö. Over the years, many national and international visitors to the Faculty of Odontology have benefited from Kent Andersson and his wife's hostesship. To visitors, Kent Andersson shares succesful strategies and appreciated anecdotes both about Malmö's history and visions for the future.

– It's incredibly honorable to get this distinction, says Kent Andersson. The faculty has always been a symbol of change from a working city to a city of research and knowledge. The relationship between the faculty and the city has always been happy and a large number of Malmö residents have passed through and enjoy a connection to the faculty.

With assignments in several of Malmö city councils and as Mayor since 2010, Kent Andersson has been an excellent ambassador to the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University. In the motivation behind the nomination the faculty claims tht Kent Andersson is a very worthy recipient of an honorary doctorate.

International authority on Pain research

Dr. Richard Ohrbach received his D.D.S. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and became a pain management specialist in 1986. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral epidemiology his research has greatly contributed to our understanding of diagnosis and treatment of orofacial pain from a psychosocial perspective.

Richard Ohrbach was a contributor of one of the most well-cited articles within dental research. He has been one of the most influential forces behind the development of an internationally-accepted classification system, the DC / TMD 1, for diagnosing patients with temporomandibular disorders. A large part of the international development of the criteria for clinical usage has been conducted in collaboration of Malmö University and University at Buffalo, the university where Dr. Ohrbach is currently active in his research. Malmö and Buffalo are among the leading institutions for training and calibration of dentists in ​​orofacial pains.

Richard Ohrbach is currently Professor and Director at the Center for TMD and Facial Pain Research at the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo. For 20 years he has participated in various research projects, and cooperation with a number of colleagues from the faculty in Malmö has resulted in dissertations, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books.

– Primary factors that motivate me to continue in my research are making a difference to people with pain, Dr. Ohrbach says.

Really rigorous clinical research that is poorly communicated or simply not understandable due to the complexity of the statistical methods may not make much of a contribution, according to Dr. Ohrbach. In contrast, a study that is less than ideal but which addresses a critical question and increases everyone’s awareness of the topic may make a huge contribution. Successful collaboration helps us find a useful balance between these two poles of research outcomes.

The motivation behind the nomination of Richard Ohrbach to an honorary doctorate claims: In summary, Dr. Ohrbach's competence and participation have had a major impact on the successful development and research at the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University.


1 DC/TMD – Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders.

Text: Johan Portland