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Volunteers needed for a dental study 

The Forsyth Institute Clinical Research Center in collaboration with ForsythKids Program is looking for children ages 10-14 years to take part in a clinical study testing an investigational toothpaste for prevention of tooth decay in children 

When: This study will take place during Oct 2020 – December 2021 

(Duration of study participation: 1 year and 5 visits are required) 

Where: The Forsyth Institute Center for Clinical and Translational Research, 245 First Street, 17th Floor, Cambridge MA 

What will happen at the first visit? We will: 

  • Review your child’s medical and dental history 
  • Examine your child’s teeth, gums and mouth 
  • The screening exam will last 15-20 minutes 

If your child is found eligible and willing to participate, your child: 

  • Will be enrolled and randomized (by chance) into one of the study groups. 
  • Will receive the assigned study products (toothpaste and toothbrush) with instructions of use. Your child will be seen every 3 months up to 12 months for repeated exams. 
  • The Study visits will take about 30-45 minutes. 
  • Total of $250 compensation will be provided to those who complete all 5 visits. 
  • Forsyth Clinic and clinicians are following the recommended COVID-19 safety measures including but not limited to using appropriate PPE during patient exams 

If you are interested, please call or email for more information: 

617-892-8600, hhasturk@forsyth.org (Dr. Hasturk) 

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Volunteers needed for dental exam training 

We are looking for children ages 7-17 years to take part in a training and calibration of dental clinicians for examining tooth decay in children. 

When: Months of September, October, and November 2020 

2 VISITS REQUIRED 

Where:
The Forsyth Institute Center for Clinical and Translational Research 
245 First St, 17th floor 
Cambridge, MA 02142 

What will happen at the screening visit (first visit)? 

  • Review your child’s medical and dental history 
  • Examine your child’s teeth, gums and mouth 
  • The screening visit will last 15-30 minutes 
  • $25 Target gift card will be provided for those who complete the screening visit 

If your child is found eligible and willing, he/she can participate in a separate training session (second visit)

  • The training visit will take about 60-90 minutes and can be scheduled any time between 8 am-5 pm on the days of the event. Multiple dentists will examine your child’s teeth 
  • $100 compensation will be provided to those who complete the training session 
  • Your child may participate in more than one training session if the clinician agrees 

Forsyth clinics and clinicians are following recommended COVID-19 safety measures including but not limited to wearing appropriate PPE when examining patients. 

If you are interested, please call or email for more information: 

617-892-8600, hhasturk@forsyth.org (Dr. Hasturk) 

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– Orthodontic study

Healthy volunteers between the ages of 16-65 years receiving orthodontic treatment with fixed braces and with gingivitis (red and bleeding gums) are invited to participate in a 3-month dental research study to test a new approach in reducing gum inflammation and dental plaque. 

The study requires a screening visit to determine if you qualify. 

What will happen at the study screening visit? We will: 

  • Review your medical and dental history 
  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth 
  • Measure the level of gum redness and bleeding 

Once you qualify and agree to participate in the study: 

  • You will come to the clinic five times until the end of the 3 months for assessments and treatments
  • $575 compensation will be provided to those who complete the study 

If you are interested, please call or email for more information: 617.892.8213 or 617-892-8600, clinicaltrialsinfo@forsyth.org

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– Diabetes study

The Forsyth Institute invites you to participate in a dental study for individuals with diabetes and dental problems.

You may qualify if you are: 

  • Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes with an HbA1c level of above 7.5%
  • Between the ages of 35-80 years old
  • With body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above 
  • NON-SMOKER
  • With or without gum disease, who would need a surgical treatment of gums or teeth before a dental restoration

The study requires a non-compensated screening visit to determine the status of your gums and teeth to see if you will qualify. 

Once you qualify and agree to participate in the study, you will come in for a single study visit: 

  • Blood and gum tissue samples during routine gum treatment will be collected
  • $50 stipend will be provided to compensate your time, and you will be assessed to determine whether you need gum treatment or surgery

If you are interested, please call or email for more information: 617.892.8213 or 617-892-8600, clinicaltrialsinfo@forsyth.org

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Forsyth is continually recruiting patients to participate in research studies. Each study has unique eligibility requirements. To hear more about current studies and to find out if you are eligible, please call or email:

617.892.8213 or 617.892.8600 

clinicaltrialsinfo@forsyth.org