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October 9, 2008 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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Register now for the AADR Fall Focused Symposium:
Nanotechnology in the Health Sciences


The first AADR Fall Focused Symposium will take place on December 3-4, 2008 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  The meeting theme of “Nanotechnology in the Health Sciences” will feature poster presentations as well as oral presentations by leaders in the field of nanotechnology.  Visit the meeting Web site for more details and to register.  Attendance is limited; register today to reserve your spot!

AADR thanks the Colgate-Palmolive Company for its generous support of this event.

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> CTSA Grant Boosts University of Michigan Dental School Research Collaboration
> AADR Strides in Science
> Published Report Identifies Gene Variant in Isolated Cleft Lip
> Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
> Reminder to Vote in the IADR and AADR Elections
> AADR Members Hu and Wong Publish Findings on Salivary Protein Biomarkers
> Garcia-Godoy Receives NIH Council Appointment
> 2008-2009 ADA Research Agenda Now Available
> NIH Announces Initial Implementation Timeline for Enhancing Peer Review
> Applications Now Accepted for NIH Loan Repayment Programs
> 2009 AADR Annual Meeting
> Awards and Fellowships Opportunities Offered by AADR
> NIH Announces New Transformative R01 Funding Program
CTSA Grant Boosts University of Michigan Dental School Research Collaboration

AADR Institutional Section member the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is engaging dentists, physicians, and researchers from across campus to participate in clinical studies designed to uncover information that one day may improve not only the oral health of patients, but their systemic health and quality of life as well.

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. 

Cun-Yu Wang, D.D.S., PH.D. is the Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of California at Los Angeles.   

Published Report Identifies Gene Variant in Isolated Cleft Lip

IADR/AADR member Jeff Murray (University of Iowa) and his fellow researchers supported by the NIDCR report that about 20 percent of isolated cleft lip may be caused by a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in a gene involved in facial development.  According to a report that appeared in the journal Nature Genetics, this discovery could lead to tests that gauge a child’s risk of having an isolated cleft lip and it provides a clue into the complexity of the condition.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C.

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.

AADR Members Hu and Wong Publish Findings on Salivary Protein Biomarkers

In the October issue of Clinical Cancer Research, AADR Member Shen Hu (University of California, Los Angeles) and AADR Vice-president David T. Wong (University of California, Los Angeles) published their findings that clinicians could be able to detect oral squamous cell carcinoma using a simple test that detects protein biomarkers in saliva.

Garcia-Godoy Receives NIH Council Appointment

IADR/AADR Member Franklin Garcia-Godoy (Nova Southeastern University) has been appointed by Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to serve on the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council of the National Institutes of Health for the term December 1, 2008 through November 30, 2012.

2008-2009 ADA Research Agenda Now Available

The American Dental Association has just released its 2008-2009 Research Agenda, “Research of Importance to the Practicing Dentist.” This annual Research Agenda is purposed to provide guidance on the profession’s highest priority research needs and emerging issues of relevance to the science and practice of dentistry.

NIH Announces Initial Implementation Timeline for Enhancing Peer Review

In June 2007, NIH initiated a formal review of the NIH peer review system.  External and internal working groups--co-chaired by NIDCR Director Lawrence Tabak--deliberated on challenges and recommendations regarding enhancements to the review system. 

Applications Now Accepted for NIH Loan Repayment Programs

NIH is now accepting applications for its extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) and is letting applicants know through its awareness-raising campaign slogan that "You do the research. NIH will repay your student loans."  The LRPs repay up to $35,000 of educational loan debt annually for individuals who commit to conducting at least two years of qualified biomedical or behavioral research at a non-profit institution of their choice.

2009 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

The abstracts submission deadline for the 87th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, April 1-4, 2009, in Miami, Fla., USA, has been extended through Monday, October 13. To submit your abstract, go to: http://iadr.confex.com/iadr/2009miami/index.epl

Awards and Fellowships Opportunities Offered by AADR

Applications and Nominations are now being accepted for 2009 AADR Awards and Fellowships.

NIH Announces New Transformative R01 Funding Program

NIH intends to invest more than $250 million over the next five years to foster bold and creative investigator-initiated research through a new transformative R01 (T-R01) Program.

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