Renowned Boston Chefs are Key Ingredient at The Forsyth Institute's Annual "A Taste & A Toast to Good Health" Event


Cambridge, MA - June 5, 2018 − The crème de la crème of Boston chefs helped The Forsyth Institute, an independent research institute specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness, raise more than $117,000 at the fifth annual “A Taste & A Toast to Good Health” event held on Thursday evening, May 31. The funds raised will help advance Forsyth’s revolutionary research and enhance efforts to provide preventative dental care to Massachusetts’ most vulnerable youth through the ForsythKids program.

“Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s “A Taste & A Toast to Good Health” event, helping Forsyth raise awareness of our unique position as a pioneer for pediatric dentistry and convener for oral health research,” said Dr. Wenyuan Shi, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer at The Forsyth Institute. “This year’s event puts a specific emphasis on Forsyth’s evolution as a thought leader not only in the oral health space, but also within the immediate community.”

This year’s event theme, “A Taste & A Toast to Good Health: Forsyth Then and Now,” highlighted Forsyth’s journey from its founding in 1910 to present day. Throughout this time, Forsyth has established itself as an internationally recognized, independent non-profit research institute with a special commitment to providing oral health care to those who cannot afford or access it. The event also honored Massachusetts State Senate President Harriette L. Chandler, Forsyth scientist Dr. Anne Tanner and Chef Jose Duarté of Taranta for their ongoing advocacy for oral health and their commitment to building a stronger community.

“Research has shown that oral health is a critical to overall health. Unfortunately, many in our state have trouble accessing adequate dental care. I am honored to be awarded this year’s ‘Friend of Forsyth’ award, and I applaud Forsyth for their dedicated research and commitment to providing quality oral healthcare to Massachusetts’ most vulnerable communities,” said Massachusetts Senate President Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester).

The event featured tastings from celebrated local chefs, including:

Additionally, the City of Cambridge proclaimed May 31, 2018 ‘Forsyth Day,’ in recognition of the more than 500,000 children who have received dental care through the Forsyth Institute and for the strides Forsyth has made in oral microbiome research.

“Since its founding, The Forsyth Institute has established itself as leader in our community,” said Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern. “Through their cutting-edge research and preventative dental care programs, they are doing meaningful work for children and families, especially those without access to resources that many of us take for granted.”

“A Taste & A Toast to Good Health” comes in the midst of an exciting year for Forsyth. Most recently, Forsyth received over $70,000 in funding to expand their ForsythKids mobile dental program across Massachusetts. Additionally, this October, Forsyth will welcome industry experts from across the country for the inaugural Forsyth Symposium, focusing on the uncultivable bacteria.

About The Forsyth Institute

Founded in 1910, the Forsyth Institute is the only independent research organization in the United States dedicated to understanding the important connections between oral health and overall wellness. Forsyth scientists are shaping the direction of personalized medicine through pioneering biomedical research and its direct application to new diagnostics, devices and therapies. Forsyth combines its expertise in oral and associated systemic diseases with a relentless drive to ask — and answer — critical questions about how to best alleviate daily health challenges for billions. Forsyth is a not-for-profit organization that is also committed to treating underserved populations in local communities and on a national and global scale. To learn more about Forsyth, visit

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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