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Professor Mauro Farella

PositionHead of Discipline of Orthodontics
DepartmentDepartment of Oral Sciences
QualificationsDDS(Naples) Dottore di Ricerca(Reggio Calabria) SpecOrthodontics(Naples) SpecMedStat(Milan)
Research summaryOrthodontics, masticatory muscle physiology, orofacial pain

Research

Professor Farella's research activities are mainly focused on the physiology and pathology of the masticatory muscles and on their relationship to orthodontics, craniofacial growth, and temporomandibular disorders. He is currently also involved in a number of randomized control clinical trials in orthodontics and in clinical gnathology.

Research and collaboration

Professor Farella's research has been a mixture of activities carried out previously at the University of Zurich and new activities initiated at the Discipline of Orthodontics, University of Otago. In Switzerland, he was the principal investigator in a research project testing the hypothesis that stereotypic patterns of muscle contractions are at risk for the development of masticatory muscle pain. In Otago, he has continued his research in craniofacial musculature, but with a greater focus on orthodontic-related issues.

Professor Farella has started new collaborations with the School of Physiotherapy, with the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Radiology and has an ongoing collaboration overseas with the University of Zurich and the University of Naples Federico II.

Publications

Farella, M., Loke, C., Sander, S., Songini, A., Allen, M., Mei, L., & Cannon, R. D. (2016). Simultaneous wireless assessment of intra-oral pH and temperature. Journal of Dentistry, 51, 49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2016.05.012

Farella, M., De Oliveira, M. E., Gallo, L. M., Läubli, T., Tomatis, L., Müller, C., … Palla, S. (2011). Firing duration of masseter motor units during prolonged low-level contractions. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122(12), 2433-2440. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2011.05.017

Farella, M., Soneda, K., Vilmann, A., Thomsen, C. E., & Bakke, M. (2010). Jaw muscle soreness after tooth-clenching depends on force level. Journal of Dental Research, 89(7), 717-721. doi: 10.1177/0022034510365448

Farella, M., Palla, S., & Gallo, L. M. (2009). Time-frequency analysis of rhythmic masticatory muscle activity. Muscle & Nerve, 39, 828-836. doi: 10.1002/mus.21262

Farella, M., Michelotti, A., Iodice, G., Milani, S., & Martina, R. (2007). Unilateral posterior crossbite is not associated with TMJ clicking in young adolescents. Journal of Dental Research, 86(2), 137-141. doi: 10.1177/154405910708600206

Chapter in Book - Research

Palla, S., & Farella, M. (2010). Masticatory muscle pain. In S. Mense & R. D. Gerwin (Eds.), Muscle pain: Diagnosis and treatment. (pp. 193-228). New York: Springer.

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Journal - Research Article

Al-Ani, A. H., Antoun, J. S., Thomson, W. M., Merriman, T. R., & Farella, M. (2017). Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with offspring hypodontia. Journal of Dental Research, 96(9), 1014-1019. doi: 10.1177/0022034517711156

Gray, S., Bennani, H., Kieser, J. A., & Farella, M. (2016). Morphometric analysis of cervical vertebrae in relation to mandibular growth. American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, 149(1), 92-98. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2015.06.028

Farella, M., Loke, C., Sander, S., Songini, A., Allen, M., Mei, L., & Cannon, R. D. (2016). Simultaneous wireless assessment of intra-oral pH and temperature. Journal of Dentistry, 51, 49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2016.05.012

White, A. K., Venn, B., Lu, L. W., Rush, E., Gallo, L. M., Yong, J. L. C., & Farella, M. (2015). A comparison of chewing rate between overweight and normal BMI individuals. Physiology & Behavior, 145, 8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.03.028

Zembić, A., Johannesen, L. H., Schou, S., Malo, P., Reichert, T., Farella, M., & Hämmerle, C. H. F. (2012). Immediately restored one-piece single-tooth implants with reduced diameter: One-year results of a multi-center study. Clinical Oral Implants Research, 23(1), 49-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0501.2011.02174.x

Timmins, K., Liversidge, H., Farella, M., Herbison, P., & Kieser, J. (2012). The usefulness of dental and cervical maturation stages in New Zealand children for Disaster Victim Identification. Forensic Science, Medicine, & Pathology, 8(2), 101-108. doi: 10.1007/s12024-011-9251-8

Po, J. M. C., Kieser, J. A., Gallo, L. M., Tésenyi, A. J., Herbison, P., & Farella, M. (2011). Time-frequency analysis of chewing activity in the natural environment. Journal of Dental Research, 90(10), 1206-1210. doi: 10.1177/0022034511416669

Michelotti, A., Buonocore, G., Manzo, P., Pellegrino, G., & Farella, M. (2011). Dental occlusion and posture: An overview. Progress in Orthodontics, 12(1), 53-58. doi: 10.1016/j.pio.2010.09.010

Leonardi, R., Farella, M., & Cobourne, M. T. (2011). An association between sella turcica bridging and dental transposition. European Journal of Orthodontics, 33(4), 461-465. doi: 10.1093/ejo/cjq106

Cioffi, I., & Farella, M. (2011). Quality of randomised controlled trials in dentistry. International Dental Journal, 61(1), 37-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00007.x

Farella, M., De Oliveira, M. E., Gallo, L. M., Läubli, T., Tomatis, L., Müller, C., … Palla, S. (2011). Firing duration of masseter motor units during prolonged low-level contractions. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122(12), 2433-2440. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2011.05.017

Farella, M., Soneda, K., Vilmann, A., Thomsen, C. E., & Bakke, M. (2010). Jaw muscle soreness after tooth-clenching depends on force level. Journal of Dental Research, 89(7), 717-721. doi: 10.1177/0022034510365448

Farella, M., Palumbo, A., Milani, S., Avecone, S., Gallo, L. M., & Michelotti, A. (2009). Synergist coactivation and substitution pattern of the human masseter and temporalis muscles during sustained static contractions. Clinical Neurophysiology, 120(1), 190-197. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2008.10.004

Visscher, C. M., Naeije, M., De Laat, A., Michelotti, A., Nilner, M., Craane, B., … Farella, M., & Lobbezoo, F. (2009). Diagnostic accuracy of temporomandibular disorder pain tests: A multicenter study. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 23(2), 108-114.

Paduano, S., Iodice, G., Farella, M., Silva, R., & Michelotti, A. (2009). Orthodontic treatment and management of limited mouth opening and oral lesions in a patient with congenital insensitivity to pain: Case report. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 36(1), 71-78. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2842.2008.01887.x

Petracci, E., Farella, M., Galeone, C., Albano, A., Ferraroni, M., & Decarli, A. (2009). Survival analysis with clustered observations of orthodontic brackets. Statistics in Medicine, 28(28), 3483-3491. doi: 10.1002/sim.3641

Farella, M., Palla, S., & Gallo, L. M. (2009). Time-frequency analysis of rhythmic masticatory muscle activity. Muscle & Nerve, 39, 828-836. doi: 10.1002/mus.21262

Farella, M., Palla, S., Erni, S., Michelotti, A., & Gallo, L. M. (2008). Masticatory muscle activity during deliberately performed oral tasks. Physiological Measurement, 29(12), 1397-1410. doi: 10.1088/0967-3334/29/12/004

Cioffi, I., Martina, R., Michelotti, A., Chiodini, P., Tagliaferri, R., & Farella, M. (2008). Web-based randomised controlled trials in orthodontics. Evidence-Based Dentistry, 9, 118-120. doi: 10.1038/sj.ebd.6400618

Michelotti, A., Farella, M., Stellato, A., Martina, R., & De Laat, A. (2008). Tactile and pain thresholds in patients with myofascial pain of the jaw muscles: A case-control study. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 22(2), 139-145.

Cioffi, I., van Ruijven, L. J., Renders, G. A. P., Farella, M., Michelotti, A., & van Eijden, T. M. G. J. (2007). Regional variations in mineralization and strain distributions in the cortex of the human mandibular condyle. Bone, 41(6), 1051-1058. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2007.08.033

Farella, M., Michelotti, A., Bocchino, T., Cimino, R., Laino, A., & Steenks, M. H. (2007). Effects of orthognathic surgery for class III malocclusion on signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders and on pressure pain thresholds of the jaw muscles. International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 36(7), 583-587. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2007.02.001

Farella, M., Michelotti, A., Iodice, G., Milani, S., & Martina, R. (2007). Unilateral posterior crossbite is not associated with TMJ clicking in young adolescents. Journal of Dental Research, 86(2), 137-141. doi: 10.1177/154405910708600206

Michelotti, A., Farella, M., Buonocore, G., Pellegrino, G., Piergentili, C., & Martina, R. (2007). Is unilateral posterior crossbite associated with leg length inequality? European Journal of Orthodontics, 29(6), 622-626. doi: 10.1093/ejo/cjm071

Amato, M., Scaravilli, M. S., Farella, M., & Riccitiello, F. (2006). Bleaching teeth treated endodontically: Long-term evaluation of a case series. Journal of Endodontics, 32(4), 376-378. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2005.08.018

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Journal - Research Other

Farella, M. (2006). [Review of the book Temporomandibular disorders: An evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment (2006)]. European Journal of Orthodontics, 28(6), 624-625. doi: 10.1093/ejo/cjl070

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