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Bridge to Dental School Program Recognized with Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

August 17, 2021

Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Bridge to Dental School Program has been named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. The Award recognizes programs that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Bridge to Dental School Program, now in its third year, is aimed at helping pre-dental students navigate the process of applying to dental school. HSDM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) student fellows organize the program and serve as...

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DMD Class of 2025 Arrives on Campus

August 9, 2021

After an unprecedented year, the arrival of 35 new Doctor of Dental Medicine students on campus last week came with joy and excitement as well as added health precautions to assure a safe and welcoming environment.

“Introduction to the Profession” orientation week kicked off on Monday, August 2, beneath a tent on the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Quad. Dental and medical students, sitting in chairs spaced six feet apart, were welcomed by the deans of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) HMS.

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Scholarship Recipient Inspired to Make a Difference Through Dentistry

July 30, 2021

As the DMD Class of 2025 arrives on campus this week, among Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s newest students will be Hoda Mahmoud, DMD25, the School’s first recipient of the Freeman, Grant, Franklin Scholarship. Mahmoud is excited to start her studies at HSDM and make an impact for individuals who are underrepresented in the field of dentistry.  She chose Harvard’s DMD program for its unique focus on the integration of oral health and systemic health.... Read more about Scholarship Recipient Inspired to Make a Difference Through Dentistry

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Leadership Forum Goes Virtual This Year, Focuses on Data and Patient-Centered Care

July 29, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic brought into focus the vulnerabilities of the health care system, as well as sparked conversations surrounding data, integration, and technology. During the fourth biannual Leadership Forum, which was hosted by Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, experts in the fields of medicine, dentistry, academia, and business convened to discuss such topics and what integration would mean....

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Jody M. Johnson Joins HSDM to Lead Development and Alumni Relations

July 27, 2021

Dean William Giannobile announced that Jody M. Johnson has been appointed as the new Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Johnson returns to Harvard after beginning her career at the Harvard College Fund and serving in Major Gifts for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In her role with HSDM, which begins on August 23, 2021, she will lead the DAR team and oversee all fundraising, as well as alumni and donor relations for HSDM. She will also work with HSDM leadership to develop...

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Dr. Lorenzo Tavelli Joins HSDM as Faculty Member in the Division of Periodontology

July 13, 2021

Dr. Lorenzo Tavelli will join Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral Medicine and Immunity (OMII) in August as a full-time faculty member in the Division of Periodontology. He will teach periodontology, conduct clinical research, and treat patients in the Harvard Dental Center.

Dr. Tavelli graduated from the University of Milan in 2017. He completed his three-year residency in Periodontics and his Master of Science in 2020 at the University of Michigan. His main focus has been to conduct clinical research in periodontal and peri-implant plastic surgery.... Read more about Dr. Lorenzo Tavelli Joins HSDM as Faculty Member in the Division of Periodontology

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Dr. Lama Alabdulaaly Combines Art and Science in Dual Postdoctoral Programs

July 12, 2021

Advanced Graduate Education (AGE) student Lama Alabdulaaly, DMSc21, recently completed her advanced degree program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, graduating from Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) this past spring . Now she will continue her educational journey at HSDM by pursuing a certificate in Oral Medicine. While earning her Doctor of Medical Science degree at HSDM, Alabdulaaly taught pre-doctoral courses and published a number of papers in the fields of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, and Bone Biology.... Read more about Dr. Lama Alabdulaaly Combines Art and Science in Dual Postdoctoral Programs

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Predicting Tooth Loss: Machine-Learning Algorithms May Help Identify Those at Risk

June 23, 2021

Tooth loss is often accepted as a natural part of aging, but what if there was a way to better identify those most susceptible without the need for a dental exam?

New research led by investigators at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) suggests that machine learning tools can help identify those at greatest risk for tooth loss and refer them for further dental assessment in an effort to ensure early interventions to avert or delay the condition.

The study, published June 18 in PLOS ONE, compared five algorithms using a different combination of variables to screen for risk.... Read more about Predicting Tooth Loss: Machine-Learning Algorithms May Help Identify Those at Risk

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Strengthening Oral Health Care Systems in Africa: New Agreement Between HSDM and the WHO Will Address Critical Needs

June 9, 2021

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) have teamed up to address critical oral health challenges in the African region, worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project aims to build the capacity of primary care workers in oral health promotion, and oral disease prevention and control, to better address the unmet demand for oral health services and strengthen oral health care systems. The team will develop an online oral health training program that will leverage digital technologies... Read more about Strengthening Oral Health Care Systems in Africa: New Agreement Between HSDM and the WHO Will Address Critical Needs

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HSDM Alumni Reconnect from Near and Far

June 8, 2021

HSDM alumni reunited during this year’s Reunion and Alumni Day through informal gatherings, virtual happy hours, and engaging online programs. While most activities were virtual this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, alumni found creative ways to channel their class spirit and relive fond memories of HSDM.

Events kicked off with a toast by Dean William Giannobile, DMSc96, PD96, at a virtual happy hour on Thursday, June 3. Alumni had the chance to reconnect with friends and also meet current students in each of the break-out sessions. Alumni reminisced fondly about former...

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