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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Drs. Whitman and Yang Will Lead HSDM’s Office of Research

September 25, 2018

Dr. Malcolm Whitman and Dr. Yingzi Yang, both professors of Developmental Biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), have been tapped to lead HSDM’s Office of Research. Beginning October 1, 2018, Dr. Whitman will become associate dean for basic science, and Dr. Yang will become associate dean for translational research. In these new roles, they will share the responsibility of leading HSDM’s research efforts – promoting, overseeing, and reviewing all research activities at HSDM.  

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Pathways into Dentistry Pipeline Program Recognized with National STEM Award

August 15, 2018

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) was recently honored for its diversity and inclusion efforts, receiving a 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Award honors colleges and universities nationwide that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

HSDM was chosen for developing a Pathways into Dentistry pipeline program which invites middle school, high school and college students to envision a career in dentistry.... Read more about Pathways into Dentistry Pipeline Program Recognized with National STEM Award

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New DMD Students Begin Their Journey With Gratitude and Enthusiasm

August 13, 2018

Thirty-six new DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) students arrived on campus in early August eager to begin their dental careers at Harvard. The enrollees hail from 16 states and join HSDM from more than 27 different colleges and universities. They were selected from a group of over 1,000 prospective students, representing just under 5% of the applicant pool.

The morning of August 6, the DMD students joined their HMS classmates for welcome remarks by the deans of the respective schools.... Read more about New DMD Students Begin Their Journey With Gratitude and Enthusiasm