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Dr. Brittany Seymour at HSDM

Putting Public Health First: Coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Brittany Seymour

March 20, 2020

Dr. Brittany Seymour is associate professor and global health discipline director at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). With a background in oral and public health, and a concentration in global health and population, she focuses on interdisciplinary approaches for health improvement through prevention, policy, and health promotion. She also conducts research on how misinformation spreads online and impacts important public health programs. She recently shared her thoughts on the spread of the virus as well as the spread of misinformation.
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Coronavirus Response on Campus

March 17, 2020

Harvard University and Harvard School of Dental Medicine are closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation continues to change rapidly, the top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. The University, the School, and the Harvard Dental Center remain open and operational and are taking appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. Please refer to Harvard’s coronavirus webpage for updates.

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“My Dental Key” Unlocks Learning Potential for a New Generation of Students

March 10, 2020

An entrepreneurial team of Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students is working on a concept that aims to enhance the way dental students learn. Their idea has already attracted the attention of several Harvard startup initiatives and earned them a spot as semi-finalists in the 2020 President’s Innovation Challenge, a University-wide venture capital competition.... Read more about “My Dental Key” Unlocks Learning Potential for a New Generation of Students

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HSDM Student Finds His Niche in Community Care

February 25, 2020

For Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) student Ryan Lisann, completing one of the last requirements of his four-year DMD program — a three-month externship at Charles River Community Health Center in Brighton — was an experience that will shape his career.

“I’m really passionate about education and wanting to work with kids, so getting to work in a community health setting and treating pediatric patients confirmed the path I want to take,” Lisann said.... Read more about HSDM Student Finds His Niche in Community Care

Sandhya Harpavat, DMD02, PD04, and her husband, Sanjiv, PhD06, MD06, with their family.

Making a Match at HSDM: Alumni Love Stories

February 14, 2020

Many Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students arrive at 188 Longwood Avenue with high expectations—to earn a degree, conduct research, practice dentistry, or pursue a specialty, among other professional pursuits. What many HSDM students don’t expect, however, is to find the love of their life. Against all odds, and in between pre-clinical lab, classes, and patients, these alumni did just that: fall in love. Whether their romance began at Orientation, or in a study group, or collaborating over a treatment plan, each story is unique and highlights the School’s special tight-knit...

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Making Oral Health Fun for Families

February 11, 2020

The Harvard Dental Center’s Teaching Practices clinic was buzzing with excitement and activity on Saturday, February 8, as young patients streamed in to receive free dental care at HSDM’s annual Give Kids a Smile event. Nearly 40 children ages one to 17 were seen for dental exams, cleanings, and treatment.

“This was a fabulous event,” said Laverne Agard, a parent who brought her two children. “This was their first time at the dentist. The dentists were patient and made it fun.”... Read more about Making Oral Health Fun for Families

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Vicki Rosen Named Interim Dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine

December 20, 2019

Dr. Vicki Rosen, professor and chair of developmental biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), has been appointed interim dean of HSDM, effective January 1, 2020.

A highly respected scientist in the field of bone and mineral research, Rosen’s career at HSDM spans nearly two decades. As chair of the Department of Developmental Biology, she oversees the clinical specialties of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, as well as basic research, and is involved in the education of postdoctoral fellows and residents, students enrolled in the DMD...

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Recognizing a Career Devoted to Research, Education, and Clinical Care

December 12, 2019

On Tuesday, December 10, members of the Harvard community and affiliated research institutions gathered to honor Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Donoff’s contributions to research and education at a symposium and reception held in his honor. Donoff, who is stepping down at the end of the year, has been a dedicated advocate for scientific research and studying the relationship between dentistry, oral biology, and medicine.... Read more about Recognizing a Career Devoted to Research, Education, and Clinical Care

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Dentistry Aims to Go Green

December 11, 2019

During Harvard’s recent Worldwide Week, Donna Hackley, DMD, MA, an instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at HSDM, was featured on a panel of global and community health experts titled, “Climate Change, the Environment, and Oral Health.” Hackley spoke candidly about the bi-directional relationship between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. Dentistry, as an industry, impacts our planet’s environmental health, which affects oral...

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Presidential Scholars Advance Research, Teaching, and Oral Health

Presidential Scholars Advance Research, Teaching, and Oral Health

November 22, 2019

Eight HSDM advanced graduate education students have been awarded Harvard Presidential Scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. The full-tuition scholarship is awarded to DMSc students who have committed themselves to careers in public service or academia. This year’s accomplished recipient’s academic interests range from pursuing clinical and basic science research, to teaching and mentoring students, to furthering oral health policy and information systems.

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