GSDM Community Given New Beginnings and Endless Opportunities During 2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

From winning second place in student poster competition to being elected to officer appointments for various ADEA committees, sections, and special interest groups, the GSDM community was active during the 2024 American Dental Education Association Annual (ADEA) Session and Exhibition, held from March 9-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Research Spotlight: F31 Grant Recipient Examines Connection Between Preconception Periodontitis and Reproductive health

In 2022, Julia Bond SPH 24 received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31 grant) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to examine the association between preconception periodontitis and reproductive health outcomes. Now, halfway through the grant, Bond said it has been a wonderful experience participating in high quality oral health research using self-reported observational data.

Student Spotlight: Two Boston University Students’ Research Victories Highlight Oral Cancer

The International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (IADR) recently announced the 2023 winners of its Hatton Competition, crowning two Boston University students as first-place winners.

Kisa Iqbal ENDO 25 and Emily Fisher CAMED 27 received first place in the junior and senior categories, respectively, at the 2023 IADR Hatton Competition, which was held in Bogota, Colombia, in June 2023. Earlier in the year, Iqbal and Fisher had secured second-place wins in the same categories at the 2023 American Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) Hatton Competition in Portland, Oregon.

Research Spotlight: New Study Motivates Smoking Cessation via a Virtual Reality Headset during Dental Cleanings

GSDM Center for Behavioral Sciences Research Director Dr. Belinda Borrelli and her team are entering the fourth year of a five-year grant exploring whether a video shown through a virtual reality headset delivered while the patient is getting their teeth cleaned and paired with a customized text message program, are effective at encouraging smoking cessation. Currently, Borrelli’s team has recruited more than 288 patients in this randomized clinical trial in both the GSDM patient treatment center and at Tufts School of Dental Medicine.