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Forsyth Scientific Symposium: Oral Microbiome — Beyond Bacteria

October 28 - 29, 2021

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Forsyth’s annual Scientific Symposium, Oral Microbiome: Beyond Bacteria, aims to promote better understanding of the oral microbiome from a holistic perspective.

The oral microbiome is composed of diverse conventional bacterial species, fungal and viral (bacteriophage) components, as well as recently identified nano-sized parasitic Candidate Phyla Radiation (CPR) organisms(1-3). Effective management of oral microbiome-related diseases calls for a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of the oral microbiota on host health and disease, which requires a holistic view of intra- and cross-kingdom interactions among members of the oral microbiome, as well as microbial-host interaction.

The symposium will bring together a group of scientists with diverse research backgrounds in oral microbiome (including oral bacteriome, mycobiome, virome and CPR) and different career stages to share their research and ideas.

A key objective is to identify biological questions and technical roadblocks that must be overcome to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of the oral microbiota on host health and disease from a holistic point of view. Meanwhile, the meeting will promote collaborations and provide a great opportunity for trainees to interact with experts in the field and promote their research.


October 28 - 8:00 am
October 29 - 5:00 pm


Forsyth Institute
245 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States


Forsyth Institute