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Building Community Through the Annual Give Kids a Smile Event

February 13, 2019

As the sun rose over a chilly Longwood Avenue, the Teaching Practices of the Harvard Dental Center was humming as dental students prepared to host Give Kids a Smile. Launched in 2003 by the American Dental Association, Give Kids a Smile is an event held annually that focuses on the oral health of children between the ages of one and 17. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 9 and was well received by members of the surrounding communities.

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Study Finds an Opportunity to Improve Oral Health Training in Geriatric Fellowship Programs

February 5, 2019

A national study has found that while oral health is one of the greatest unmet healthcare needs for the elderly, geriatric medical fellowship programs provide little oral health training for future doctors who will provide care to the growing older adult population.

The study’s findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, come from a survey of all accredited U.S. geriatric medical fellowship training programs. The Center for Integration of...

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Study Shows Nurse Practitioners to Be Vital Allies in Oral Health Care

January 7, 2019

Serving on the front lines of health care, a nurse practitioner may very well be the first to identify a patient’s oral health condition or disease, even before their dentist. A new national study conducted by Harvard School of Dental Medicine and its partners in the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH), reveals nurse practitioners are well-prepared to meet this challenge.

The survey of nurse practitioner (NP) training programs focused on pediatric, family, and adult-gerontology...

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University of Rwanda Graduates First Class of Dentists

December 7, 2018

A jubilant crowd celebrated a victory in a soccer stadium in Huye, Rwanda, this past fall. The fanfare wasn’t for a soccer match, but rather for the commencement ceremony at the University of Rwanda — including its first-ever graduating class of dentists.

With a population of more than 12 million people and fewer than 40 registered dentists to serve them, adding 10 new graduates with bachelor’s degrees in dental surgery was a milestone for the future of the nation’s oral health.

Since 2011, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) has been a leading partner in the...

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Dr. Olsen

Long-Running Grant Produces over 30 Years of Discoveries

November 6, 2018

When Dr. Bjorn R. Olsen, professor of Developmental Biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), and Hersey Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) received funding for his NIH R01 grant, “Biogenesis of Extracellular Matrix” in 1985, his expectations were high that it might yield a new discoveries related to collagen-like proteins. Much to his delight, the grant, now extended for years 33 and 34, has been one of the most prolific in the history of the School, ... Read more about Long-Running Grant Produces over 30 Years of Discoveries

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Dr. Shigemi Nagai Honored with E. B. Clark Award from the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry

October 29, 2018

Dr. Shigemi Nagai, associate professor of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) recently received the E. B. Clark Award from the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD)–the society’s highest recognition for lifetime achievement in color science research.

“I’m honored to be the first female recipient of the E. B. Clark Award,” Dr. Nagai said.... Read more about Dr. Shigemi Nagai Honored with E. B. Clark Award from the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry

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Leadership Forum Focuses on Changing the Health Care System Through Integration

October 15, 2018

Leaders in academia, business, and health care gathered for the third Leadership Forum, which was hosted by Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine in late September. The two-day event, held at the Joseph Martin Center in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, offered a thought-provoking lineup of speakers and panels on the topic of “Achieving Quality and Value in Healthcare through Integration.”... Read more about Leadership Forum Focuses on Changing the Health Care System Through Integration

Vicki Rosen

Dr. Rosen Receives Research Award for Her Significant Contributions to Bone and Mineral Research

October 4, 2018

Dr. Vicki Rosen, professor and chair of Developmental Biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), recently received The William F. Neuman Award, the most prestigious award given by The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). The award recognizes major scientific contributions in the area of bone and mineral research and contributions to associates and trainees in teaching, research, and administration. ... Read more about Dr. Rosen Receives Research Award for Her Significant Contributions to Bone and Mineral Research

Dr. Rushford

Prosthodontics Fellowship Opens Doors for DMD Alumna

October 2, 2018

When Laura Rushford, DMD17, began her predoctoral program at HSDM she knew she wanted to craft beautiful smiles. A desire to help patients regain their smiles has been a driving force for Rushford ever since. Throughout her DMD training she volunteered with programs like Operation Mouthguard, Project Bridge Clinic, and ACTION Clinic, where she worked with patients who may not otherwise have access to dental care. In the Harvard Dental Center’s Teaching Practices she refined her skills... Read more about Prosthodontics Fellowship Opens Doors for DMD Alumna

Dr. Gibbs

Meet Endodontics' New Program Director Dr. Jennifer Gibbs

September 28, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Gibbs joined Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in September as a member of the faculty and director of Endodontics. She comes to HSDM most recently from NYU College of Dentistry where she was assistant professor of Endodontics. 

Could you describe the path that led you to the field of endodontics?

It was my PhD training in the neurobiology of nociceptors (pain detecting neurons) that led me to endodontics. As a PhD student at University of Texas San Antonio I joined the...

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