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Dr. Alfred Griffin sitting in front of a computer

Brace Yourself, Brackets Are Changing at the Speed of Light

October 2, 2019

In a brick building in Cambridge, a stone’s throw from MIT and Harvard, sits the headquarters for a company poised to shake up the orthodontic bracket market. Inside, engineers work intently at their computers while 3D printers hum on the manufacturing floor below producing the world’s first fully-customized, 3D-printed brackets. The startup, LightForce Orthodontics, is the creation of Harvard School of Dental Medicine alumnus Alfred Griffin III, MMSc17.

“A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for every patient,” Griffin said. In an era of personalized medicine, he saw the...

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Dr. Gori in her lab

New Funding Supports Research in Bone Fragility, Healing and Regeneration

September 30, 2019

Dr. Francesca Gori, assistant professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, has a longstanding interest in studying the cellular and molecular pathways underlying cell fate and differentiation. Her research focuses on the identification and characterization of genes that regulate bone development and homeostasis as potential therapeutic targets. Recently, she was awarded an R56 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award, as well as the William F. Milton Fund Award from Harvard University’s Office of the Provost to fund two studies that may lead to insights in human diseases...

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Eddie Popa, DMD23

Witness Dentistry First-Hand

August 28, 2019

Meet Eddie Popa, a member of the Class of 2023 and new student at HSDM. This profile is part of a series of stories about our newest DMD students.

Tell us about your background.

I am originally from Romania, and I immigrated to the United States when I was three years old to the Chicagoland area where I grew up. I then went to the University of Iowa for my undergraduate, where I majored in biochemistry and chemistry. I got involved as a lab teaching assistant and group study leader for two different foundational biology courses. ... Read more about Witness Dentistry First-Hand

Jordan Middleton (left) with his classmate at HSDM's White Coat Ceremony

Pursuing a Dream to Be the Most Impactful Provider Possible

August 19, 2019

Meet Jordan Middleton, a member of the Class of 2023 and new student at HSDM. This profile is part of a series of stories about our newest DMD students.

Tell us about your background.

I am from a relatively small city in Central New York called Auburn. I attended the only public high school in town, Auburn High School. Upon graduating in 2015 I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. I majored in Biology and was a student researcher in a population genetics lab. My interests, outside of dentistry, include sports (...

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Bridge to Dental School workshop

HSDM's Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Recognized with National Award

August 15, 2019

For the second year in a row, Harvard School of Dental Medicine has been honored with an 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).

"We've created exciting pipeline programs on campus and have reached hundreds of students, but to truly expose talented students to HSDM, we also need to take HSDM to where they reside and study,” said Josephine Kim, former Director of Diversity and Inclusion.... Read more about HSDM's Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Recognized with National Award

Natasha and Alisha Nanji at Revisit Weekend at HSDM

Seeing Double at HSDM

August 13, 2019

Meet new DMD students, Natasha and Alisha Nanji, twins in HSDM's incoming class. This is part of a series of interviews with members of the Class of 2023.

Tell the HSDM community more about your background.

Alisha: Natasha and I were born and raised in a suburb of Toronto. From a young age, we learned the values of hard work, discipline and the importance of giving back through our parents - our dad is a refugee who fled Uganda with $23, and our mom is an immigrant sponsored by one of her eight sisters from Tanzania.
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DMD student gets White Coat

A Warm Welcome and White Coats for the Class of 2023

August 12, 2019

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) welcomed 35 new DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) students to campus in early August. The Class of 2023 hails from 19 different states and from 29 different colleges/universities. The class composition is 71 percent female and 29 percent male. Fourteen percent come from populations underrepresented in medicine.

Orientation began the morning of August 5, with the DMD students joining their Harvard Medical School (HMS) classmates for welcome remarks by the deans of the respective schools.... Read more about A Warm Welcome and White Coats for the Class of 2023

Alumnus Treats Patients on the Wild Side

Alumnus Treats Patients on the Wild Side

June 25, 2019

Dr. Steven Spitz’s morning patient had an aching tooth and was desperately in need of a root canal. She didn’t have her usual appetite and was pacing back and forth trying not to focus on the pain. The staff gave her anesthesia and made her comfortable while Spitz and his team took x-rays and began to work on cleaning and shaping the damaged tooth.

This wasn’t a typical day in Spitz’s dental office, today he was treating patients at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. His patient Chessie, an 11-year old jaguar, is one of the largest cats and top predators in the western...

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Attendees at IPE to IPP

New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts

June 21, 2019
On Wednesday, June 5, Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine partnered with the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) to host a new summit, titled Interprofessional Education to Practice. The event aimed to provide attendees with a practical approach to clinical integration of primary care and oral health and launch a peer-to-peer learning... Read more about New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts
alumni group

Reconnecting at Alumni Day

June 11, 2019

Harvard School of Dental Medicine alumni returned to the School on Friday, June 7 to reconnect with their classmates, and enjoy a program that included a presentation of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, a panel on The Changing Landscape of Oral Health Delivery, and Dean Donoff’s State of the School address. 

Ladan Basiri, DMD93, president of the Harvard Dental Alumni Association (HDAA) kicked off the morning program with a warm welcome to attendees as she called the HDAA business meeting to order and reviewed the past year of activities. Dean Bruce Donoff...

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