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2016-2017 Dean’s Scholars Announced

2016-2017 Dean’s Scholars Announced

September 13, 2016

Today, the HSDM community gathered to celebrate the newest Dean's Scholars. Dean Bruce Donoff presented the awards at a special tea held in the Research and Education Building. The Dean’s Scholars program provides dedicated time and funding for outstanding individuals to develop and refine the skills necessary for future success in academics and research. This years’ award recipients are:

Shek Man (Jacky) Chim research fellow in Developmental Biology and member of the Rosen Lab. Chim received an award for his project on the interplay of BMP and activin… Read more about 2016-2017 Dean’s Scholars Announced

DMD Student Receives Award to Study Oral Health Literacy in Mexico

DMD Student Receives Award to Study Oral Health Literacy in Mexico

August 23, 2016

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.

Calles will be working with the group Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador… Read more about DMD Student Receives Award to Study Oral Health Literacy in Mexico

A Warm Welcome and White Coats for the Class of 2020

A Warm Welcome and White Coats for the Class of 2020

August 8, 2016

During the first week of August, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) welcomed a new class of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) students. The Class of 2020 is made up of 35 talented individuals who were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants. The incoming class includes 21 women and 14 men representing 19 states and 27 different undergraduate institutions.

The new dental students participated in orientation events throughout the week, along with their Harvard Medical School (HMS) classmates. On the morning of Tuesday, August 2, they were addressed by acting HMS dean, Barbara… Read more about A Warm Welcome and White Coats for the Class of 2020

HSDM and the Wampanoag Tribe: The Importance of Cultural Competency

HSDM and the Wampanoag Tribe: The Importance of Cultural Competency

July 27, 2016

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.

Under the instruction of HSDM’s… Read more about HSDM and the Wampanoag Tribe: The Importance of Cultural Competency

HSDM to Lead Program in Rwanda on Ethics Training in Health Research

HSDM to Lead Program in Rwanda on Ethics Training in Health Research

July 19, 2016

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.”

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) was one of four… Read more about HSDM to Lead Program in Rwanda on Ethics Training in Health Research

New Study by HSDM Researchers May Have Implications for Treating Osteoporosis

New Study by HSDM Researchers May Have Implications for Treating Osteoporosis

June 30, 2016

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.

Dr. Roland Baron, professor and chair of… Read more about New Study by HSDM Researchers May Have Implications for Treating Osteoporosis

Reunion Recap

Reunion Recap

June 17, 2016

More than 110 alumni and friends came back to Harvard School of Dental Medicine on Alumni Day, Friday, June 3, to celebrate with their fellow classmates and mentors. The day featured a special tribute the the School’s oldest living alumnus Walter Guralnick, DMD41, on his 75th reunion. Attendees included graduates of the reunion classes of 1956, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006.

Lawrence Gettleman, DMD66; Nadeem Karimbux, DMD91, MMSc93, PD93; and Sheila Riggs, DMSc91, PD91 were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards in honor of their work… Read more about Reunion Recap

HSDM Celebrates 2016 Graduates

HSDM Celebrates 2016 Graduates

May 26, 2016

Harvard Commencement and Class Day was held on Thursday, May 26 with celebration and ceremony. The day began with the graduating students marching into Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre for Morning Exercises. Music, tradition, and remarks by students and deans commemorated the 375th Commencement.

Degree candidates from 13 schools and Harvard College were recognized by school and cheered by the crowd. Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) awarded 61 degrees– 13 Master of Medical Sciences, 12 Doctor of Medical Sciences, 36 Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees.

Later in the… Read more about HSDM Celebrates 2016 Graduates

CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan Speaks at HSDM

CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan Speaks at HSDM

May 19, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17, California State Senator and pediatrician Dr. Richard Pan, and Dr. Brittany Seymour, assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, gave an engaging talk at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine about how the social nature of today’s Internet has led to new public health and policy challenges. 

Misinformation online about vaccines is recognized as one of the contributing factors to one of the largest measles outbreaks in recent history, with many cases linked to… Read more about CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan Speaks at HSDM

Student’s Research Takes Her to India

Student’s Research Takes Her to India

May 10, 2016

DMD student Hannah Yoo received a Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) research grant that took her to India over winter session to conduct research on the oral and nutritional health of women and children in the slums of Mumbai. She worked with an organization based at UC Berkeley called India Smiles, a community-based program that utilizes education and prevention to improve the oral health and nutrition of… Read more about Student’s Research Takes Her to India