Edition V15N05 | Year 2010 | Editorial Interview | Pages 31 to 36
It gives me great pleasure to conduct an interview with Professor Lucia Cevidanes, an example of humbleness, courage and determination. Born in Caratinga, Minas Gerais, she attended dentistry at the Federal University of Goiás and earned a Masters Degree in Orthodontics at UMESP, where she was faculty member for four years. After setting up a private practice in Santo André/SP, she decided to pursue her dream of earning a PhD abroad, which she accomplished at one of the most prestigious research centers in Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery worldwide. Building on a clinical sample she had tenaciously put together in Brazil, she entered the world of diagnostic imaging to undertake an award-winning research project. Ultimately, her outstanding contributions led her to a position as Faculty Member of the Department of Orthodontics at UNC, where she develops some of the most stimulating research projects in today’s literature. Coordinating a research team comprised of American, European and Brazilian collaborators in experiments that make use of three-dimensional diagnosis, Prof. Cevidanes spends her time on a wide range of activities, such as lectures in different countries, clinical and theoretical teaching activities at Graduate and Masters courses in Orthodontics, participation in an interdisciplinary group devoted to the treatment of craniofacial anomalies while still maintaining a clinical orthodontic practice at the institution. Married to Larry, who is also a professor at UNC in the field of psychology, she has two daughters, Teresa and Angelina, who she enjoys taking for a stroll down Franklin Street, in Chapel Hill, on week-ends. They also travel on vacation to visit friends in Connecticut or family on their farm in Minas Gerais State, Brazil.