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Dr. Donna Hackley Weighs in on How to Build a Sustainable Dental Future

April 22, 2022

Dr. Donna Hackley is an instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). Her research encompasses environmental, oral health, and overall health. Hackley shares more about the sustainability work she is doing on a national and international level, and what HSDM is doing in the community in the following interview.... Read more about Dr. Donna Hackley Weighs in on How to Build a Sustainable Dental Future

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HSDM Students Unveil Scholarly Work at Annual Research Day

April 8, 2022

Students, faculty, and staff recently participated in the annual Student Research Day event at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). This year’s event, held on April 5, provided students from the Class of 2022 with the opportunity to showcase their research in poster sessions and learn about the work of their peers. Sixty graduating students presented their scholarly work.

 

“The energy was palpable as we hosted the first in-person Student Research Day since 2019,” said Dawn DeCosta, director of Research Operations, who helped organize the event.... Read more about HSDM Students Unveil Scholarly Work at Annual Research Day

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HSDM Faculty Contribute to In-Depth National Report on America’s Oral Health

January 13, 2022

A new report exploring America’s oral health over the last 20 years includes noteworthy contributions from 15 current and former Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) faculty members.

 

Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges” is a sweeping effort to tell the whole story of the state of oral health in America. Widely considered the most comprehensive evaluation of oral health currently available in the U.S., the report shows that oral health plays a central role in overall health.

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Investigating the Role of Stem Cells in Tooth Repair

January 10, 2022

Dr. Yingzi Yang, professor of Developmental Biology and associate dean for Research, and Dr. Jennifer Gibbs, assistant professor of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences and program director for Endodontics, have been awarded $200,000 in seed grant funding from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to investigate how stem cells could play a role in repairing dentin and preserving dental pulp. Their work may offer new biological solutions for those suffering from debilitating dental pain that can occur with deep cavities.

“As dental cavities progress into the innervated...

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2022 Apr 05

Professor Donald B. Giddon Annual Lecture in Behavioral Medicine and Dentistry

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Via Zoom

Date: April 5, 2022 

Registration Now Open: Register Here 

Keynote Presentation on "Indigenous oral health inequities and the role of intersectionality" Dr. Lisa Jamieson, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, University of Adelaide

Lisa Jamieson is Professor of Oral...

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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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Dr. Francesca Gori Receives Burton C. Borgelt Faculty Award for Her Work as a Research Mentor

June 4, 2021

Dr. Francesca Gori, assistant professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, program director for the Harvard Forsyth Research Academy, and director of predoctoral research at HSDM, was chosen by the Board of Directors of the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) as the 2021 Burton C. Borgelt Faculty Advisory Award recipient. This award honors a faculty advisor who has distinguished herself as a dental scientist and...

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Cultivating a Career in Science

May 17, 2021

Zahra Aldawood, DMSc18, MMSc21, recalls the moment in dental school when she realized she wanted to pursue genetic research as one of the most enlightening experiences of her life.

“I conducted research to examine the ‘nature versus nurture’ effect on characteristics of twins' teeth. It was my first time being exposed to the world of genetics,” Aldawood said. “That work shifted my thinking from the simplicity of ‘hereditary versus environment’ toward the complexity of ‘genetic, epigenetic and environment.’”

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2021 Mar 23

Global and Community Health Oral Health Seminar Series | Primary Teeth as Novel Biomarkers of Early Life Adversity Exposure and Mental Health Risk

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

ZOOM

The Office of Global and Community Health Presents

ORAL HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES

Primary Teeth as Novel Biomarkers of Early Life Adversity Exposure and Mental Health Risk

Presented by: 

Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Associate Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
12:00-1:00PM EDT

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Meet Dr. David Wu: A Future Clinician-Scientist Charting His Course at HSDM

March 4, 2021

David T. Wu, DMSc23, is an Advanced Graduate Education (AGE) student in Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Periodontology. Born in Suzhou, China, Wu grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and received his Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University in 2015, followed by his DMD from the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill. In his free time, Wu enjoys running and cycling around Boston. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wu also enjoyed weekly Boston Symphony Orchestra...

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2021 Apr 06

Student Research Day & Giddon Lecture

8:00am to 6:00pm

Location: 

Via Zoom TBA

 

April 6, 2021 (via Zoom)
 
8:00am-9:30am     
The Professor Donald B. Giddon, DMD, PhD, Annual Lecture in Behavioral Medicine and Dentistry featuring Dr. Richard Watt, professor of Dental Public health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, Lancet Commissioner for Global Oral Health; and Director of Research for Central North West London Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. His research focuses on the...

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New Study Reveals Effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Dental Coverage

November 3, 2020

Dr. Hawazin W. Elani, assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), and co-authors from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, examined how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion of Medicaid eligibility affected dental coverage and the use of oral health services among low-income adults, using data from the National Health Interview Survey. Their findings were published...

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Dr. Shigemi Nagai Awarded National Academy of Medicine Catalyst Award

October 21, 2020

Dr. Shigemi Nagai, associate professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, and director of clinical research at HSDM, was recently awarded a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Catalyst Award as part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, a multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition seeking breakthrough innovations to extend human health and function later in life. Nagai is the only dentist to receive the award among the 150 awards issued in the inaugural round of the competition.... Read more about Dr. Shigemi Nagai Awarded National Academy of Medicine Catalyst Award

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