ADA Forsyth Institute announces board of directors

Board to drive strategic growth of new research organization


The ADA Forsyth Institute announced its board of directors Feb. 14, bringing together leaders from industry, technology and investment to help guide the strategic growth of the new organization.

The institute was formed in October 2023 when the Forsyth Institute joined with the American Dental Association’s Science & Research Institute to become one research organization.

“Some of the field’s greatest innovators and leaders reside on our new board of directors,” said Wenyuan Shi, Ph.D., CEO of the ADA Forsyth Institute. “Together with the unparalleled talent of our researchers, the AFI is now positioned to usher in a new era of research, development and innovation in dentistry and oral health.”

ADA Executive Director Raymond Cohlmia, D.D.S., will chair the new board. Three members of the former Forsyth Institute board — Elyse Cherry, Michael Greeley and Stephen E. Thorne IV — will be part of the new board. James M. Boyle, D.D.S.; Teresa Dolan, D.D.S.; and J. Leslie Winston, D.D.S., Ph.D.; are former ADA Science & Research Institute board members who will join the new board as well.  

Under the strategic guidance of its board, the ADA Forsyth Institute will continue to be the leader and incubator of firsts in the oral research space, focusing on biological research, clinical service and public health outreach, and technological innovation. Key research areas include immunology and inflammation, dental and craniofacial development and bioengineering, and microbiology and the oral microbiome.

To learn more about the ADA Forsyth Institute, visit 

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