Top German university awards honorary doctorate to Harvard researcher Thomas Van Dyke
Thomas Van Dyke and Jörg Meyle.
The University of Giessen in Germany has awarded an honorary doctorate to Prof. Dr. Thomas Van Dyke, chair of the Department of Applied Oral Health Sciences at the Forsyth Institute (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA).
Van Dyke is a pioneer in research on the links between periodontitis and cardiovascular diseases, where he has demonstrated the impact and effect of orally administered resolvins on the formation and structure of atheromatous plaques in the vessels.
This is the first time in more than 20 years that the University of Giessen has awarded an honorary doctorate in dentistry.
The application for the honorary doctorate was submitted to the faculty of medicine by Prof. Dr. Joerg Meyle, director of the Department of Periodontology and EFP treasurer.
Two external reviewers gave their opinions based on Van Dyke’s scientific work and curriculum vitae, before the proposal was accepted by the Medical Faculty.
Thomas Van Dyke, who is also vice president of clinical and translational research, and a lecturer in oral medicine, infection, and immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, has a close relationship with Germany. During the 1970s he worked as a dentist in the US army based at Bad Tölz in Bavaria.
“The relationship of periodontitis to cardiovascular diseases is becoming compelling,” Dr. Van Dyke told Inside Dentistry magazine in an interview. “Emerging data suggest that dental care can impact the outcome of systemic disease and general well-being.”