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Periodontal disease increases risk of major cardiovascular events

People with periodontitis are at higher risk of experiencing major cardiovascular events, according to new research from Forsyth Institute and Harvard University scientists and colleagues. In a longitudinal study published recently in the Journal of Periodontology, Dr. Thomas Van Dyke, Senior Member of Staff at Forsyth, Dr. Ahmed Tawakol of Massachusetts General Hospital, and their […] (Feb 21, 2021)

To understand periodontal disease, researchers examine the surprising behavior of T cells

In diseases characterized by bone loss—such as periodontitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis—there is a lot that scientists still don’t understand. What is the role of the immune response in the process? What happens to the regulatory mechanisms that protect bone? In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports, researchers from the Forsyth Institute and the […] (Jan 11, 2021)

Forsyth launches new Forsyth Oral Microbiome Core (FOMC)

The Forsyth Institute is now offering Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and comprehensive data analyses and interpretation for 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequences and other big data sequence applications through the new Forsyth Oral Microbiome Core (FOMC). Analyses of previously obtained sequences are also offered. Many investigators are familiar with the Human Oral Microbe Identification using Next Generation Sequencing […] (Nov 10, 2020)

WATCH: Forsyth’s 3rd annual Scientific Symposium: My Teeth=My Health

Forsyth’s third annual Scientific Symposium, My Teeth=My Health, was held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. If you missed the Symposium, you can watch the whole event here. Passcode: $%@u2*Yi View posters from the Symposium on our e-poster platform here. (Oct 29, 2020)

With schools closed due to COVID-19, thousands of students cut off from dental care

When schools across Massachusetts closed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of students lost access to dental care. The ForsythKids program responded by hosting pop-up clinics at community centers across the state. Our efforts were featured in the Boston Globe today: On Tuesday, ForsythKids ― a mobile, school-based oral health program that provides preventive care in […] (Oct 19, 2020)

The Forsyth Institute serving as a critical resource for COVID-19 saliva diagnostic test development

As a world leader in oral biology and salivary diagnostics, the Forsyth Institute is working with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative as an advisor and critical resource in the effort to develop and eventually deploy millions of accurate, rapid COVID-19 point-of-care tests used daily in schools, colleges, universities, and […] (Aug 25, 2020)

Ultra-small, parasitic bacteria found in groundwater, moose—and you

Inside your mouth right now, there is a group of bacteria whose closest relatives can also be found in the belly of a moose, in dogs, cats, and dolphins, and in groundwater deep under the Earth’s surface. In a stunning discovery, scientists have found that these organisms have adapted to these incredibly diverse environments—without radically […] (Jul 21, 2020)

What can teeth tell us about mental health?

Just like the rings of a tree, teeth form in layers and create a fossilized record of our lives. If teeth capture evidence of our early life experiences, could they be used to predict health outcomes? Forsyth scientist Dr. Felicitas Bidlack is studying this phenomenon in collaboration with Dr. Erin Dunn, an assistant professor at […] (Jun 22, 2020)

Visualizing microbes that live on the tongue

A community of microbes arranged in colonies on the human tongue form what scientists refer to as a biofilm. In a paper published recently in Cell Biology, Forsyth Institute researcher Gary Borisy and his colleagues describe these different types of oral bacteria and provide a stunning visual representation of where they congregate. “Bacteria on the […] (May 07, 2020)