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April 9, 2009 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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AADR Holds its 38th Annual Meeting
AADR thanks everyone who attended the 87th IADR General Session & Exhibition and the 38th AADR Annual Meeting in Miami, Fla. The meeting featured more than 3,500 scientific abstracts, several cross-collaborative symposia, as well as three distinguished lecture speakers (Elizabeth Blackburn, Fiona Watt and W. Rory Hume). In addition, prominent companies were present for an exceptional exhibition.

Feedback from attendees and exhibitors was extremely positive, and the event received news coverage from myriad media sources, including the Associated Press. Read next month’s Science Advocate for a full write-up about the event.

Delegates are eligible to receive Continuing Education (CE) credits for attending the scientific oral and poster sessions throughout the meeting. Please visit IADR’s CE Web site for more information and to complete the form.

Register for the AADR-ADEA Advocacy Day
Register today to attend the 2009 AADR-American Dental Education Association Advocacy Day, April 21-22 in Washington, DC. This annual legislative event aims to equip AADR and ADEA members with the tools and skills they need to educate and influence lawmakers on important dental education, dental research and oral health issues. This year’s session will be particularly important with the inclusion of $10 billion for biomedical research through the President’s Economic Stimulus Package and the recent children’s dental health benefits passed as part of the recent S-CHIP legislation.

The $10 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the economic stimulus package helped erase years of flat funding from 2003-2008. However, these funds expire in less than two years, at which point NIH will return to the inadequate pre-stimulus funding levels.

AADR and ADEA are requesting a 10 percent increase for NIH in FY10, which will help the NIH retain the gains that were captured with the help of stimulus funding and help to build them permanently into the underlying baseline budget. Attend the AADR-ADEA Advocacy Day April 21-22 and help make Congress' stimulus investments in NIH permanent!

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> AADR Testifies before the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities
> NIDCR Providing Additional Funding for Summer Internships for Dental Students– Application Deadline for NOT-OD-09-060 is April 15, 2009
> NIH FOA on Challenge Grants: Applications Due April 27, 2009
> NIGMS Invites Biologists to Join High-throughput Structure Initiative
> NCRR Funding Opportunities under ARRA
> New NIH Recovery Act Program Released for Faculty Development—$100 Million Reserved
> Administrative Issues Related to ARRA Funding
> AADR Strides in Science
> Save the Date for the 2nd AADR Fall Focused Symposium: Tissue Engineering of Craniofacial and Oral Tissues
> Mark Your Calendar for the Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion Conference
> NIH/ORWH National Conference at UCSF
> Epithelium in Health and Disease—Subject of Wound Healing Research Symposium at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
AADR Testifies before the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities

On March 20, on behalf of the American Association for Dental Research, AADR Executive Director Christopher H. Fox, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., testified in support of oral health research and its inclusion in comparative effectiveness research before the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities.

NIDCR Providing Additional Funding for Summer Internships for Dental Students– Application Deadline for NOT-OD-09-060 is April 15, 2009

The NIH has announced the opportunity for investigators and United States institutions/organizations with active NIH Research Grants to request administrative supplements for the purpose of promoting job creation, economic development, and accelerating the pace and achievement of scientific research.

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 NIH, has announced plans for a new direction of the Protein Structure Initiative, a structural genomics effort started in 2000. As suggested by its new name, PSI:Biology, the program will support research partnerships between groups of biologists and high-throughput structure determination centers to solve problems of biomedical importance.

NCRR Funding Opportunities under ARRA

The NIH’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.

New NIH Recovery Act Program Released for Faculty Development—$100 Million Reserved

The NIH has released a new ARRA program with 14 Institutes or Centers participating. The program is called “Supporting New Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Research Resources through Biomedical Research Core Centers (P30)” and $100 million has been reserved for it. April 29, 2009, is the deadline for applications.

Administrative Issues Related to ARRA Funding
The NIH Office of Extramural Research has posted three notices to inform the extramural community of administrative issues surrounding ARRA funding. These issues include a general notice that NIH will use ARRA funding to support applications beyond the pay-line, a clarification on lifting caps for certain programs and activity codes, and more in-depth information on the NIH Award Terms.
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.

Jane A. Weintraub, D.D.S, M.P.H., is the first recipient and current incumbent of the Lee Hysan Chair in Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, the first endowed chair at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. She serves as chair, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences. She has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the NIH/NIDCR-funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health since 2001.

Save the Date for the 2nd AADR Fall Focused Symposium: Tissue Engineering of Craniofacial and Oral Tissues

Make plans to attend the 2nd AADR Fall Focused Symposium, which will take place November 5-6, 2009, at the University of California, San Francisco.

Mark Your Calendar for the Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion Conference

Registration is open for the Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion Conference, which is co-sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. The conference will take place May 29-30, 2009, at the ADA headquarters in Chicago, Ill.

NIH/ORWH National Conference at UCSF

On May 27-29, 2009, the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) is convening the second in a series of four public hearings and scientific workshops to update the Women’s Health Research Agenda at the NIH for the coming decade. The conference is co-hosted by the ORWH and the University of California, San Francisco.

Epithelium in Health and Disease—Subject of Wound Healing Research Symposium at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center for Wound Healing and Regeneration and the NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences will host the second annual symposium for Wound Healing Research, “Epithelium in Health and Disease,” on Friday, May 15, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UIC College of Dentistry.

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