The Forsyth Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) is a unique clinical facility with 6 fully-equipped dental units and associated laboratories that are specifically dedicated to conduct clinical research in oral and related systemic diseases. Clinical trials following FDA guidelines are performed at all levels, from early phase 1 trials to large, multicenter definitive clinical trials, with the goal of improving outcomes and the long-term health of patients. We routinely conduct studies in the oral environment, that include standard clinical measurement protocols for dental caries, dental calculus, gingivitis, periodontal diseases, intraoral local anesthetic evaluation, tooth restoration and tooth whitening evaluation. In addition, the clinic is equipped for obtaining and processing microbiological samples, gingival crevice fluid samples, blood and saliva samples for analysis of bacteria, inflammatory mediators, as well as for genomic and proteomic analyses.
Under the new leadership of Dr. Thomas Van Dyke, Vice President of Clinical Research at The Forsyth Institute, the Center proposes new goals/efforts in discovering new techniques, testing new ideas and searching for valuable biomarkers for preventing and treating periodontal diseases and associated systemic inflammatory conditions. The CCTR is actively involved with the design and conduct of clinical research under Good Clinical Practices for submission to regulatory agencies. It has a published international reputation in evaluating intraoral local drug delivery devices, oral diagnostic systems, local anesthesia, restorative materials, tooth whitening systems and the association of oral diseases with systemic conditions. Forsyth's Institutional Review Board is a member of the Harvard Catalyst Regulatory Group and meets on a monthly basis providing complete review of clinical protocols.
Studies in the oral environment, including standard clinical measurement protocols for dental caries, dental calculus, gingivitis, periodontal diseases, implant and bone augmentation studies, intraoral local anesthetic evaluation, tooth restoration and tooth whitening evaluation.
Obtaining and processing microbiological samples, gingival crevice fluid samples, blood samples, and saliva samples for inflammatory mediators, as well as genomic and proteomic analyses using high throughput techniques.