The Science Tooth Fairy

Dr. Erin Dunn is a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and is affectionately known as the Science Tooth Fairy because of her work researching baby teeth. Come grab a free copy of our children’s book, look at sections of teeth under a microscope, and meet the Science Tooth Fairy herself!

Who exactly is the Science Tooth Fairy? And what is she doing at the Cambridge Science Festival?! Dr. Erin Dunn is a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and is affectionately known as the Science Tooth Fairy because of her groundbreaking work researching baby teeth!

Dr. Dunn is the head of the Dunn Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory based at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Center for Genomic Medicine. She is interested in understanding mental illness and wellbeing across the lifespan, and more specifically, how we can identify people who are at high risk of developing mental illness so we can intervene. One new way to find out about people’s risk for developing mental illness is by looking at their baby teeth! Much like the rings on a tree, baby teeth develop rings as children grow up, and by looking at these rings, scientists can learn lots about kids’ early experiences. If kids have had stressful experiences early in life, these will show up in their teeth!

The Science Tooth Fairy wanted to come to the Cambridge Science Festival to share her research with people, encourage children and parents to donate their baby teeth to research, and teach kids just how cool science is! Stop by the Science Tooth Fairy booth to grab a free copy of the Science Tooth Fairy children’s book, look at teeth under a microscope, and meet the Science Tooth Fairy herself!

Date:
Oct 9, 2022
Time:
12:00 PM
- 04:00 PM
Venue:
Kendall/MIT Open Space: Discovery Zone
Location:
Kendall/MIT Open Space, Main Street, Cambridge, MA
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About the
Festival

Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

The Cambridge Science Festival was founded by and is produced by the MIT Museum.