Clinical Impact of Periodontal Research: The Legacy of Anne Haffajee

Prior to the Forsyth HSDM Reception at IADR, please join colleagues at the Clinical Impact of Periodontal Research: The Legacy of Anne Haffajee. This Symposium will take place on Friday, March 13 from 3:30 p.m. – 545 p.m. in meeting room 302, Hynes Convention Center.   

In recent decades, the field of clinical periodontology has seen many advances in the understanding of the different factors that influence the development and presentation of periodontal diseases as well as the outcomes of different therapies and long-term periodontal stability. Many of these advances were led by the seminal contributions of the late Anne Haffajee. In the more than 30 years of her extremely prolific career at The Forsyth Institute, Anne emphasized the importance of clinical and translational periodontology in the improvement of oral health. Throughout her career, Anne focused on the clinical and microbial aspects of progression of periodontal diseases, including the development of statistical methods to analyze the complex resulting data. She also studied the characteristics of refractory and chronic periodontitis and periodontal diseases in cigarette smokers. Finally, she examined the short and long term clinical and microbiological effects of non-surgical and surgical treatment modalities and the use of adjunctive antimicrobials. Anne’s many groundbreaking findings still serve as a conceptual framework for the treatment and maintenance of periodontal patients. Besides her scientific contributions to periodontology, Anne’s successful trajectory in research and academia inspired and paved the way for the next generation of women pursuing a career in periodontal research.

This 130 minute symposium will begin with an overview of Anne’s trajectory and major scientific accomplishments, given by the symposium’s chair. It will then proceed with 15 minute talks by a select group of colleagues and former students of hers, as well as experts in the field of periodontology who were influenced by her work. The presenters will discuss Anne’s many contributions to the field of clinical and translational periodontology and will present new data related to Anne’s work. The relevance of Dr. Haffajee’s work in clinical research will be emphasized. The last 30 minutes of the symposium will be dedicated to an open discussion of the work presented.

Following the Symposium, there will be a Joint Reception of The Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine from 5:45-7:30PM Friday, March 13th in the Sheraton (39 Dalton Street, Boston, Mass.) Republic Ballroom.