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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)

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Forsyth Institute’s COVID-19 Policy Update

The Forsyth Institute considers the health, safety, and well-being of all in our community as our top priority. Currently, the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak remains fluid and continues to evolve meriting both proactive and reactive management on the part of our leadership team.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely on an […] (Mar 24, 2020)

Elyse D. Cherry elected Chair of the Board of the Forsyth Institute

Cambridge, MA—Elyse D. Cherry, Chief Executive Officer of BlueHub Capital, was elected Chair of the Board of the Forsyth Institute, the only independent research institute in America specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness. Cherry takes over the Chair position for Peter Nessen, a long-time supporter of Forsyth and President of Corporate […] (Mar 17, 2020)

Differences in human and non-human primate saliva may be caused by diet

Humans are known to be genetically similar to our primate relatives. But major differences can be found in our saliva, according to new research by scientists at the Forsyth Institute and the University of Buffalo. The study, published recently in Molecular Biology and Evolution, describes the discovery that human saliva is much more watery than the saliva […] (Oct 31, 2019)

Uranium toxicity may be causing high rates of obesity and diabetes in Kuwait

Kuwait has some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the world, and scientists don’t know why. This question was addressed by Dr. Max Goodson, Emeritus Professor at the Forsyth Institute. Goodson is the principal investigator of a large-scale study that analyzed diet, salivary bacteria, salivary protein biomarkers, and salivary metabolites of 10-year-old […] (Jul 08, 2019)

Boston Bruins and Forsyth Institute partner to provide mouthguards for high school athletes

The Boston Bruins hockey team has partnered with the Forsyth Institute to provide custom mouthguards to student athletes at Lynn Classical High School for the spring sports season. Athletes from the baseball, softball, and lacrosse teams will be invited to have an impression taken for a custom mouthguard in the school’s colors. Student athletes will […] (Jun 18, 2019)