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September 11, 2008 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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> NTP Finalizes Report on Bisphenol A
> CDC Awards Grants to 16 States to Strengthen Oral Health Programs
> Traineeship in Oral Health Research Statistics
> NHANES Releases Files
> AADR Strides in Science
> Reminder to Vote in the IADR and AADR Elections
> Senior Vice Provost Named at Polytechnic Institute of NYU
> Substantial Research Grant Awarded to Dr. Charles Streckfus
> Breakthrough in Prevention of Cleft Palate
> Gum Disease Related to Gestational Diabetes
> Research Grants Awarded to AADR Members/SIU professors
> Provost Appointed at United Arab Emirates University
> New Appointments
> DOH Director Steps Down
> JDR Editorial Board: Call for Nominations
> Awards and Fellowships Opportunities Offered by AADR
> Save the Dateó2009 AADR Annual Meeting
> In Memoriam
NTP Finalizes Report on Bisphenol A
According to a final report released on September 3, 2008 by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), current human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, is of "some concern" for effects on development of the prostate gland and brain and for behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children.
CDC Awards Grants to 16 States to Strengthen Oral Health Programs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last month that 16 states will receive a total of $4.6 million over the next year and approximately $22 million over the next five years to strengthen their oral health programs and improve the oral health of their residents.
Traineeship in Oral Health Research Statistics
The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research is taking applications for its new Traineeship in Oral Health Research Statistics. The purpose of the Traineeship is to bring biostatistics, epidemiology or statistics graduate students into dental research in a hands-on way that is useful to dental research programs.
NHANES Releases Files
The following files are expected to be released on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Web site by the end of September. Once they are posted, they will be accessible at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhanes/whatsnew.htm.
AADR Strides in Science

AADR Strides in Science is a new feature highlighting an AADR member’s accomplishments and comments on how his/her involvement with the AADR has been an important part of his/her career in research.  If you would like to nominate a colleague to be featured, please send his/her name to scienceadvocate@aadronline.org.

J. Silvio Gutkind, Ph.D. is Chief of the Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Branch at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA.   

Reminder to Vote in the IADR and AADR Elections

The IADR and AADR elections are now open. Voting is a membership responsibility and empowers you to elect the IADR and AADR leadership and to help shape the organization’s future.

Senior Vice Provost Named at Polytechnic Institute of NYU
AADR Member and Past President Dianne Rekow has been named as Senior Vice Provost for Engineering and Technology at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU).
Substantial Research Grant Awarded to Dr. Charles Streckfus

Dr. Charles Streckfus, AADR member and professor of diagnostic sciences at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center Dental Branch at Houston, and research collaborators have developed a method for identifying and quantifying specific protein markers in human saliva to provide an early, non-invasive diagnosis.

Breakthrough in Prevention of Cleft Palate

AADR Member Yang Chai is study leader of a research team at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry that is studying the role of the transforming growth factor beta family genes in palate and tooth development.

Gum Disease Related to Gestational Diabetes
Dr. Ananda P. Dasanayake, AADR member and a professor at the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry, is the lead researcher on a study that has found that pregnant women with gum disease may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes than those with healthy gums.
Research Grants Awarded to AADR Members/SIU professors

Three AADR Members at Southern Illinois University (SIU) were recently awarded grants to continue research in microbiology, endodontics and anesthesiology.

Provost Appointed at United Arab Emirates University

Dr. Wyatt R. (Rory) Hume has joined the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) as Provost. Dr. Hume is scheduled to be one of the Distinguished Lecture Speakers for the IADR General Session and AADR Annual Meeting next year in Miami.

New Appointments

Four AADR Members were recently appointed to new positions at U.S. dental schools.

DOH Director Steps Down
AADR member Dr. William Maas will be stepping down as Director of the Division of Oral Health (DOH) in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
JDR Editorial Board: Call for Nominations

Each year, approximately one-third of the approximately 100 individuals on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dental Research conclude their terms of service, and nominations are needed for persons to succeed them. These individuals act as prime reviewers for manuscripts submitted for publication and can make a real impact on the quality of the JDR.

Awards and Fellowships Opportunities Offered by AADR
Applications and Nominations are now being accepted for 2009 AADR Awards and Fellowships.
Save the Dateó2009 AADR Annual Meeting

87th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR • 38th Annual Meeting of the AADR • 33rd Annual Meeting of the CADR
April 1-4, 2009
Miami, Fla., USA
Miami Beach Convention Center

In Memoriam

Dr. Seymour H. Yale, builder of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry Facility, died on Aug. 28, 2008, at age 87.

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