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October 8, 2009 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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October Issue of JDR Now Online
The August, September and October issues of the Journal of Dental Research were published recently and are all available online. Your complimentary online subscription to the JDR gives you access to the latest research published in the Journal. The online JDR features innovative technology that includes RSS feeds and social bookmarking to enhance your reading and sharing experience. In addition, the online JDR offers OnlineFirst, a feature commonly known as “publish ahead of print”, by which forthcoming articles are published online before they appear in print.

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Vote in the AADR and IADR Elections
AADR Members and Retired Members are entitled to vote annually for the offices of AADR Vice-president and Representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee and for any Constitutional amendments recommended by AADR Council. Every three years, AADR members also vote for the office of Treasurer. Members and Retired Members received an e-mail notice on August 17, and a printed letter was mailed to eligible voters on August 25. Information about the candidates is available on AADR’s Web site.  If you have any questions, please contact membervote@iadr.org. AADR Members and Retired Members are also eligible to vote in the IADR election. October 28 is the voting deadline.

Oct. 13 Registration Deadline Approaching for the AADR Fall Focused Symposium
Oct. 13 is the deadline to register to attend AADR’s 2nd Annual Fall Focused Symposium, “Tissue Engineering of Craniofacial & Oral Tissues,” taking place November 5-6, 2009, at the University of California, San Francisco. Register today!

The list of speakers includes:
Pamela DenBesten (University of California, San Francisco)
Susan Fisher (University of California, San Francisco)
Kevin Healy (University of California, Berkeley)
David Kohn (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Paul Krebsbach (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Mahesh Mankani (University of California, San Francisco)
Eduardo Saiz (Imperial College London, UK)
Pamela Yelick (Tufts University)

Visit the AADR Web site to learn more about this program and review the detailed schedule of events.

2009 IADR/AADR Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker Awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine
Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009 IADR/AADR Distinguished Lecture Series speaker, has been awarded the Nobel prize in medicine, with Carol Greider and Jack Szostak, for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase, research that has implications for cancer and aging research.

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In This Issue

> Oral Health Stakeholders Meet with Obama Administration
> Meeting on Oral Health CER with AHRQ
> AHRQ Issues FOAs (for Comparative Effectiveness Research)
> Health Reform Update
> Congressional Reps Scrutinize NIH Grants
> NIDCR Awards Challenge Grants
> Community Research Infrastructure FOA Announced
> Salivary Proteome Wiki
> Dental/Oral Health Included in October Topics for AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange
> NIDCR Launches the FaceBase Consortium
> Read the Latest Issue of the NIDCR Inside Scoop
> Participants Needed for ADA Evidence Reviewer Workshop
> 2010 NIH Director's Pioneer and New Innovator Award Call for Applications
> Registration Now Open for 2009 Healthy People 2020 Public Meetings
> AADR Strides in Science
> AADR’s 39th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
> Awards and Fellowships News
> UCLA School of Dentistry to Build New Cancer Research Facility
> AADR Past President Harold Slavkin Receives ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research
> AADR Member/UTHSC Dean Receives ADA Distinguished Service Award
> In Memoriam
Oral Health Stakeholders Meet with Obama Administration

On September 14, representatives from AADR, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the National Dental Association (NDA) met with Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., about raising the profile of oral health within the new Obama Administration.

Meeting on Oral Health CER with AHRQ
On September 17, AADR met with Jean Slutsky, P.A., M.S.P.H., who is head of the Effective Healthcare division at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ maintains a section of its Web site that is dedicated to accepting requests for CER studies, but there has never been an oral health proposal submitted, according to Slutsky.
AHRQ Issues FOAs (for Comparative Effectiveness Research)

On September 25, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) issued Funding Opportunity Announcement’s R18 and R01. The FOA invites grant applications for new projects to extend the reach and impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research Reviews and associated products.

Health Reform Update

In the final version of health reform to be introduced, Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) offered his iteration of the massive overhaul plan. The plan, which will not include a public option, will instead create an exchange where individuals can purchase health insurance. The exchange would mandate that all providers, both private and public, offer three levels of health care coverage: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Congressional Reps Scrutinize NIH Grants
As you may recall, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill that would rescind funding for three NIH grants dealing with behavioral and addiction patterns in foreign subjects.
NIDCR Awards Challenge Grants

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has publicly named 30 Challenge Grant award-winners. Of these 30, three were funded exclusively by the Office of the Director (OD), resulting in an additional $3 million being directed toward dental research as a result of the stimulus package.

Community Research Infrastructure FOA Announced
The FOA on Recovery Act Limited Competition: Building Sustainable Community-linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research (RC4), RFA-OD-09-010 was recently published in the NIH Guide. The NIH has designated up to $30 million in FY2009-2010 to fund 30 or more grants, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications.
Salivary Proteome Wiki

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research-funded salivary proteome project has evolved into a Web-based entity called the Salivary Proteome Wiki (SPW). This wiki is a resource for researchers and scientists, as well for others wanting to explore the salivary proteome.

Dental/Oral Health Included in October Topics for AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange

This month, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site will feature innovative health service delivery profiles and tools in a variety of areas, including dental and oral health.

NIDCR Launches the FaceBase Consortium

The NIDCR recently announced that it has issued the first 11 research and technology grants of its new FaceBase Consortium. The five-year initiative will systematically compile the biological instructions to construct the middle region of the human face and precisely define the genetics underlying its common developmental disorders, such as cleft lip and palate.

Read the Latest Issue of the NIDCR Inside Scoop

Read the latest issue of the NIDCR Inside Scoop to find out how two high school science teachers, mentored by Rena D'Souza through the ARRA incentive program, spent their summer vacations at Baylor College of Dentistry.

Participants Needed for ADA Evidence Reviewer Workshop

The American Dental Association is recruiting participants for the ADA Evidence Reviewer Program to write one-page critical summaries of systematic reviews on dental and oral health care topics. The critical summaries will be published on the ADA’s EBD Web site and may also be selected for publication in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

2010 NIH Director's Pioneer and New Innovator Award Call for Applications

Each summer, the NIH makes grants to exceptionally creative scientists through the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award and NIH Director’s New Innovator Award programs. The application period for the 2010 Pioneer Award opened September 20, 2009, and will close October 20, 2009. The 2010 New Innovator Award application period began September 27, 2009, and will end October 27, 2009.

Registration Now Open for 2009 Healthy People 2020 Public Meetings

Healthy People 2020 will transform our thinking about health, health-enhancing behaviors, and strategies for disease prevention and health promotion. Be part of the change. Register today to attend any of the complimentary 2009 Healthy People 2020 Public Meetings. There is no registration cost.

AADR Strides in Science

Songtao Shi, D.D.S., Ph.D., is featured in this month’s AADR Strides in Science. His areas of research include mesenchymal stem cells and diseases, and he’s an expert on wound healing, tissue engineering and stem cells. Read more to learn about his current research and accomplishments.

AADR’s 39th Annual Meeting & Exhibition


On October 20, online registration and the hotel reservation Web site will open for the 39th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the AADR. The Annual Meeting will be held March 3-6, 2010 in Washington, DC. Learn the latest in dental, oral and craniofacial research presented in nearly 1,500 scientific abstracts, several cross-collaborative symposia, as well as by three distinguished lecture speakers. Be sure to visit the AADR Web site for all the latest information and to view the updated Schedule of Events.

Awards and Fellowships News

Deadlines are approaching for AADR Fellowships and Awards! Please view the deadlines for IADR and AADR 2010 Awards and Fellowships, or contact Sheri S. Herren, awards, fellowships & grants manager, for more information.

UCLA School of Dentistry to Build New Cancer Research Facility
The University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry has received an infusion of construction funding for the creation of the UCLA Yip Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research.
AADR Past President Harold Slavkin Receives ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research

AADR Past President Harold Slavkin, D.D.S., is the 2009 recipient of the ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research. Slavkin received $25,000 and a gold medallion at a formal presentation on Oct. 2, during the ADA’s 150th Annual Session in Honolulu, Hawaii.

AADR Member/UTHSC Dean Receives ADA Distinguished Service Award

The ADA honored Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award at its 150h Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition in Honolulu. The ADA Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor the ADA bestows upon an individual.

In Memoriam

AADR/NSRG Mourn the Loss of NIH Leader
Sadly, the NIH announced that Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein died on October 6 after battling a long illness. Among the many positions she held over her 50 year career, Dr. Kirschstein was the first female Director of an NIH Institute, the Deputy Director of NIH, and acting NIH Director on more than one occasion. AADR and NSRG members will remember Dr. Kirschstein best perhaps for her passion and commitment for research training, a commitment acknowledged by the U.S. Congress which renamed the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) as the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA program.

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