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Annual Scientific Symposium

The Oral Microbiome: Past, Present & Future

This event is now concluded. Thank you to everyone who made the conference a great success!

About the Oral Microbiome Symposium

For over 40 years, Forsyth has been the home of two giants in the field of oral microbiology: Floyd Dewhirst, DDS, PhD and Bruce Paster, PhD. These ADA Forsyth faculty pioneered the field of oral microbiology, published 94 papers together, and developed a world-class research program that continues to lead oral microbiome research globally today. Forsyth is the home of the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD), which holds comprehensive and curated information on 774 oral bacteria species in the human mouth.


In recognition of the leadership of Drs. Dewhirst and Paster and their significant contribution to the field, we are holding ADA Forsyth’s 6th Annual Scientific Symposium in their honor. Convening microbiome experts from academia, venture capital, and industry, this symposium will explore the Oral Microbiome: from where we have been and where we are now, to future advances and beyond the mouth.


Opening the symposium with a historical overview will provide a firm grounding for thinking about present and future studies. The second session will bring together early-career and more established researchers using innovative methods to study microbiomes, genomes, and bacterial ecology and interactions, both in and outside the mouth.

Following these presentations with a think-tank style session, including leaders from industry as well as funding agencies, will enable the participants to compare views and discover if there is consensus on where basic research is most needed so that oral microbiology can lead to meaningful improvements in human health.

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant Number: 1R13DE033284-01 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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