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February 11, 2010 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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CDC Honors 65 Years of Community Water Fluoridation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is honoring 65 years of community water fluoridation and its Division of Oral Health salutes the dedication and perseverance of fluoridation pioneers. The benefits of community water fluoridation reach more than 72 percent of the U.S. population served by community water systems. Although significant progress has been made, fluoridation is still underused in many parts of the country — only 27 states provide water fluoridation to more than 75 percent of the state's residents on public water systems.

Visit the CDC’s Web site to read the full write-up that honors the 65 years of community water fluoridation.

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> Register Today to Attend the AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition
> FY 2011 NIH Budget Proposal: AADR Thanks President Obama for Contributions to Science, Disappointed Stimulus Activity not Sustained
> Like to talk science funding and policy? Do so with your Reps!
> Effective Health Care Program Update: Research Grant Awards Can Now Be Viewed Online
> Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)
> Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Directorís Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas (RC4)
> Office of Science and Technology Policy Request for Information
> Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories
> AADR Strides in Science
> Follow NIDCR on Twitter
> CWRU Research Finds First Oral Bacteria Linking a Mother and Her Stillborn Baby
> Strengthening the Center for Devices and Radiological Healthís 510(k) Review Process; Public Meeting; Request for Comments
> IOM 510(k) Committee. Public Meeting, March 1
> Baylor College of Dentistry, Rena DíSouza Recognized with Presidential Award for Excellence in Research
> USC School of Dentistry Receives $35 Million Donation
Register Today to Attend the AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition



Registration is still open for the 39th AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Also, opportunities to join the exhibition or support the meeting with a sponsorship are still available. If you or someone you know is interested please encourage them to inquire today! For more information on rates, benefits and availability, contact Sheri Herren

FY 2011 NIH Budget Proposal: AADR Thanks President Obama for Contributions to Science, Disappointed Stimulus Activity not Sustained

Despite an enormous influx of applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the economic stimulus package, the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget proposal calls for a modest 3.5 percent increase ($32.1 billion) at the NIH over the previous year’s non-ARRA funding level.

Like to talk science funding and policy? Do so with your Reps!

Be sure to join your colleagues in Washington for the AADR-Research!America Advocacy Day and Awards Reception on March 2, 2010—the day before the start of the AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition—to meet with your elected officials and advocate for a sustainable commitment to biomedical research! The organizations will arrange the meetings and a brief workshop, you will get to attend the Advocacy Day program and reception at no charge!

Effective Health Care Program Update: Research Grant Awards Can Now Be Viewed Online

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a grants database that can be accessed on the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program Web site. The database Web page contains general information about ongoing AHRQ-funded comparative effectiveness research projects.

Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)

The NIH is requesting applications for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). This initiative assists institutions to create an integrated academic home for Clinical and Translational Science that has the resources to train and advance multi- and inter-disciplinary investigators and research teams with access to innovative research tools and information technologies that apply new knowledge and techniques to patient care.

Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Directorís Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas (RC4)

Under the Recovery Act, the NIH has established a program entitled “NIH Director’s Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas.” This program will support projects that address research endeavors in specific areas that will benefit from significant three-year funds without the expectation of continued NIH funding beyond this period.

Office of Science and Technology Policy Request for Information

On February 3, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council released a “request for information” that is designed to collect input from the public.

Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories

At the request of Congress, the NIH embarked on a process to provide better consistency and transparency in the reporting of its funded research.

AADR Strides in Science

This month, AADR interviewed Yang Chai, the George and Mary Lou Boone Professor, and associate dean of research at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. 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.

Follow NIDCR on Twitter

You can now follow the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research on Twitter, which is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that allows for sharing. Visit Twitter’s Web site for more information about this social networking utility and to create a free account.

CWRU Research Finds First Oral Bacteria Linking a Mother and Her Stillborn Baby

Yiping Han, a researcher from the Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, has reported the first documented link between a mother with pregnancy-associated gum disease to the death of her fetus. The findings are discussed in the article, "Term Stillbirth Caused by Oral Fusobacterium nucleatum."

Strengthening the Center for Devices and Radiological Healthís 510(k) Review Process; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a public meeting entitled “Strengthening the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s 510(k) Review Process.” The purpose of the public meeting is to identify actions that the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) can consider taking to strengthen the premarket notification process for review of medical devices, also known as the 510(k) process.

IOM 510(k) Committee. Public Meeting, March 1
The Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Public Health Effectiveness of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) Clearance Process will hold a public meeting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2010, in Washington, DC.
Baylor College of Dentistry, Rena DíSouza Recognized with Presidential Award for Excellence in Research

Rena D’Souza, professor and chair of biomedical sciences at Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Baylor College of Dentistry, and incoming AADR vice-president, was honored by the TAMHSC during its academic convocation Jan. 20. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research.

USC School of Dentistry Receives $35 Million Donation

The University of Southern California School of Dentistry has received $35 million from Herman Ostrow, a USC trustee, alumnus and lifelong Southern Californian. In recognition of the gift, the school has been renamed the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

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