At Forsyth, we focus on results in the real world – and we aim to serve the whole world, too.
Our global connections range from broad new prevention and education initiatives in Latin America to a longstanding clinical program for children in Kuwait, from research connections with colleagues in every corner of the world.
Our clinical programs are inherently valuable on the ground. In Kuwait, for instance, our school-based clinics serve more than 225,000 children every year, representing the primary source of oral health care for young Kuwaitis. While giving us a priceless chance to track long-term healthcare outcomes, this model program has attracted the attention of public health leadership throughout the region.
From the Caribbean to the Middle East, our field work deepens our understanding of oral health challenges and practices around the world, especially in less industrialized countries, where resources are scarce and the population suffers the excruciating effects of rampant oral disease. A number of our scientific advances – such as a potential new vaccine against cavities and our work to develop a rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis – may be far more important in Third World countries than our own.
Our clinical programs, research partnerships and corporate alliances help create worldwide recognition and respect for Forsyth science, building support for our efforts to influence dental education curriculum and clinical training, dental practice and oral health policy worldwide. Through our Forsyth Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, for example, we are providing technical assistance and training to the chief dental officers of several Latin American countries, helping them to adapt prevention-based models, as well as creating websites and newsletters in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
In labs from Helsinki to Harvard, our co-investigators offer crucial new ideas, expertise, and data (and Forsyth's own labs are also markedly international, attracting top post-doctoral talent from countries worldwide).