About Forsyth

The only independent research institute in America specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness.

Over one hundred years ago, the Forsyth Institute was founded to provide free dental care to Boston’s poorest children. It was quickly determined that treating the ravages of dental disease was simply impossible given the limitations in knowledge of their causes and best means of prevention—thus began an exciting journey of scientific discovery. In the decades following, our research helped to transform the way the world understands oral health. Forsyth scientists have demonstrated distinct connections between oral diseases and health challenges like heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers, and are tackling other global infectious diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. We have assembled a world class, multidisciplinary scientific team capable of system-wide approaches to biomedical innovation with the potential for profound impact. 

Because the Forsyth team combines the best knowledge of oral and systemic diseases with a relentless drive to ask—and answer—new questions, we have made many paradigm setting scientific and medical advances. As an independent research institute, we have the freedom to follow our science wherever it leads, and to collaborate with a broad spectrum of stakeholders—other research organizations, industry, practicing professionals, public leaders, and patients—to meet our shared goals. In the years ahead, the Forsyth will continue to leverage its unique knowledge of oral and associated systemic diseases to elucidate new biomedical insights, and to find the best ways— unfettered by convention—to help billions live healthier lives.


Forsyth, an independent not-for-profit research organization, is located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, an epicenter of biotechnology with one of the highest densities of biomedical researchers in the world. In addition to our affiliation with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Forsyth has collaborations with a vast array of academic institutions, hospitals, independent research institutes, and biotech and pharmaceutical companies. These interactions provide access to internationally acclaimed collaborators, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientists, specialized facilities, and a wide range of technical and theoretical expertise.