A recent research finding published in Stem Cell Reports could potentially lead to therapies that address craniofacial malformations in children. Craniofacial malformations are deformities that affect a child’s head and facial bones—disorders such as cleft palate, or craniosynostosis that are present at birth.
In a 2017 international ranking of dental schools by QS World University Rankings, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) is ranked fifth in the top 50 dental schools worldwide, and second within the ranking of North American dental schools.
The Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA, Rm: LBCC - S-7
Can you train oral health care providers to provide both dental care and limited primary medical care? Is this a desirable path for dentistry? What services would these dentists provide? What health outcomes could be achieved? This symposium explores the possible future of this idea, including the concept of three levels of training: medically competent oral physicians; technically proficient dentists with less medical expertise; and mid-level providers. You will engage in debate with thought-leaders in dentistry and dental education about this possible future direction for dentistry.
By Ellen Garnett Ana Fernanda Calles, a fourth-year DMD student, was recently awarded the HSDM Global Health Research Travel Award to pursue research in oral health literacy in diabetics with periodontal disease in Mexico City, Mexico.
“My passion for improving the current state of the Mexican healthcare system comes from my strong roots and cultural ties to the country; both my parents are natives of Mexico City and I am very familiar with the city,” said Calles.
By Ellen Garnett Since 2013, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences have partnered with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard Island to combat oral health disparities within the Native American population. During their three years of collaboration, HSDM students involved in the program have learned that cultural competency is key in effectively treating patients with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
By Ellen Garnett Dr. Bernard Friedland, assistant professor in Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, recently received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center Award for his research project, “Development Initiative for Ethical Review and Oversight of Health Research Involving Human Subjects in Rwanda.”
As we age, every stumble or fall comes with a risk—a risk that is even greater for those ten million people in the U.S. who have osteoporosis, a skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass, poor bone quality and fractures. Each year, 1.5 million bone fractures are attributed to osteoporosis, including 350,000 hip fractures. But hip or other fractures in older and osteoporotic patients do not heal easily and this often leads to significant impairments in daily life, and even death.
JOIN US! Please join the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Northeastern University School of Nursing for a weekly brown-bag lunch seminar series on topics focused on the integration of primary and oral health care.