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March 12, 2009 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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New Expanded Session on ARRA Funding Opportunities at Miami!
The NIDCR Session “Why Not Explore Funding Opportunities via Trans-NIH Initiatives?” has just been expanded to include the recently announced funding opportunities from NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The session will now be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room D130 of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The NIDCR Director, Extramural Research Director and Branch Chiefs will be presenting details of these opportunities and responding to questions. The application deadline for the Challenge Grants is April 27, 2009, and other deadlines are just weeks away. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from key NIH leadership, improve your applications, and increase your chances of a funded project under ARRA.

AADR is Awarded $250,000 to Fund the Bloc Travel Grant
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) awarded the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) a multi-year Bloc Travel Grant in the amount of $250,000, which will fund the grant through 2013. Each year, this award will assist approximately 50 students and NIDCR-supported trainees in attending the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session & Exhibition for the next five years in the following locations: Miami, Florida (2009); Barcelona, Spain (2010); San Diego, California (2011); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012); and Seattle, Washington (2013). For more information, please read the press release on AADR’s Web site.

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In This Issue

> 38th AADR Annual Meeting News and Updates
> President Signs FY2009 Omnibus Spending Bill
> Update on Economic Recovery Act and Funding for your Institutions
> NCRR Funding Opportunities Under ARRA
> NCRR Web Seminar on Infrastructure Grants: March 16
> NIH FOA on Challenge Grants; Applications Due April 27, 2009
> NIGMS Invites Biologists to Join High-throughput Structure Initiative
> AADR Strides in Science
> AADR Presents Honorary Membership to Congressman Mike Simpson
> Scientists Discover Why Teeth Form in a Single Row
> AADR Participates in COSSA’s Congressional Briefing
> Sheila M. Riggs to Lead Primary Dental Care Department
38th AADR Annual Meeting News and Updates


Learn the latest in dental, oral and craniofacial research at the 38th AADR Annual Meeting and 87th IADR General Session.

President Signs FY2009 Omnibus Spending Bill

Yesterday, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act 2009, after it passed the Senate late on Tuesday. The FY09 appropriations, which set federal agency budgets from October 2008 through September 2009, could not be agreed upon by Congress and the departing President George W. Bush.  Congress was forced to pass a "continuing resolution" (CR) which funded federal agencies at their FY08 budgets until they could draft a new bill for FY09 under the incoming President Barack Obama.  This essentially left federal agencies, like NIH, in a holding pattern until they knew what their budget would look like for this year.

Update on Economic Recovery Act and Funding for your Institutions
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the inclusion of $10.4 billion for NIH provide a tremendous opportunity for immense progress in medical research. For dental research, the opportunities are just as vast. While NIDCR's proportional share will be about $100 million, which in and of itself is extraordinary, given that NIDCR's annual appropriation is less than $400 million, and that's just the beginning.
NCRR Funding Opportunities Under ARRA

The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources has made four announcements regarding the $1.3 billion in federal grants that will be distributed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

NCRR Web Seminar on Infrastructure Grants: March 16

The NIH NCRR will be hosting a Web Seminar regarding the application process for the Core Facilities Improvement Projects (RFA-RR-09-077) and the Construction, Renovation and Repair Projects (RFA-RR-09-008).

NIH FOA on Challenge Grants; Applications Due April 27, 2009
The NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research Funding Opportunity Announcement has now been released.
NIGMS Invites Biologists to Join High-throughput Structure Initiative
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has announced plans for a new direction of the Protein Structure Initiative, a structural genomics effort started in 2000.
AADR Strides in Science

AADR Strides in Science is a 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.

Keith Kirkwood, D.D.S., Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Craniofacial Biology and associate dean for research at the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). In addition, he’s the director of the university’s Center for Oral Health Research.

Kirkwood is currently the principal investigator of several research projects, including one titled “Altering Cytokine mRNA Stability in Periodontal Bone Loss.” The goal of this project is to determine if the role of an RNA-binding protein in cytokine expression and periodontal inflammatory bone loss.

AADR Presents Honorary Membership to Congressman Mike Simpson

In recognition of his long-standing support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) extended an honorary membership to Congressman Mike Simpson, D.M.D. (R-Idaho).

Scientists Discover Why Teeth Form in a Single Row

A system of opposing genetic forces determines why mammals develop a single row of teeth, while sharks sport several, according to a recent study published in the journal Science. When completely understood, the genetic program described in the study may help guide efforts to re-grow missing teeth and prevent cleft palate.

AADR Participates in COSSA’s Congressional Briefing

This morning, AADR participated in the Consortium of Social Science Association's (COSSA) Congressional Briefing on “Building a Diverse Scientific Workforce: Collaboration for a Competitive and Healthy Nation.” This briefing recognized the priority of maintaining the US’ status as the world’s leader in science.

Sheila M. Riggs to Lead Primary Dental Care Department

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has named oral healthcare researcher and epidemiologist Sheila M. Riggs, D.D.S., Dr.Med.Sc, to chair its Department of Primary Dental Care. Riggs is a trained epidemiologist and researcher, grounded in the application of evidence-based research to the delivery of oral health care services.

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