On Tuesday, December 10, members of the Harvard community and affiliated research institutions gathered to honor Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Donoff’s contributions to research and education at a symposium and reception held in his honor. Donoff, who is stepping down at the end of the year, has been a dedicated advocate for scientific research and studying the relationship between dentistry, oral biology, and medicine.
The Oral and Craniofacial Regenerative Biology and Medicine Symposium brought together scientists and clinicians, as well as students, faculty, and staff to reflect on Donoff’s remarkable 28-year career, and advances made over many scientific fronts during his tenure.
Daley credited Donoff with attracting internationally renowned scientists to HSDM and building its first Research and Education Building in 2004, “Bruce has always been an ambassador for ensuring that research is a vital part of this community,” he said.
Maria Troulis, Walter C. Guralnick Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), spoke fondly of her experience working with Donoff at Massachusetts General Hospital where he was former OMFS chief of service.
Troulis presented advances in the field of tissue engineering that have changed what were once very invasive maxillofacial procedures into minimally invasive ones and improved patient outcomes. Other prominent scientists including Bruce Paster from the Forsyth Institute, Richard Maas from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, David Mooney from the Wyss Institute, and Bjorn R. Olsen from HSDM, presented their work in research areas ranging from microbiology and the oral microbiome, to genomic medicine and craniofacial disease gene discovery, to the use of biomaterials for mechanoregeneration, and advances in treating rare oral and bone conditions.