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March 11, 2010 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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AADR Holds its 39th Annual Meeting & Exhibition

AADR Held its 39th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Washington, DC, March 3-6, in conjunction with the 34th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. This year, nearly 1,500 scientific presentations were made, divided among plenary/oral/poster sessions and symposia/workshops dealing with topics ranging from nutrition research, to salivary diagnostics, to mineralized tissue.

Save the Date for the 3rd Fall Focused Symposium
The AADR 3rd Fall Focused Symposium: “Salivary Diagnostics: Scientific & Clinical Frontiers” will take place November 12-13, 2010, in Washington, DC, USA.

Following is the schedule:

Friday, November 12, 2010
Opening Remarks: Perspectives of Salivary Diagnostics (Larry Tabak, NIDCR)
Oral Session 1: Fundamental Sciences (Moderator: David Wong, UCLA)
Oral Session 2: Technologies (Moderator: Jim Melvin, University of Rochester)
Oral Session 3: A New Industry–Their Journey (Moderator: Jed Jacobsen, Delta Dental)
Poster Session

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Oral Session 4: Translational & Clinical Applications (Moderator: Dan Malamud, New York University)
SDx in Dentistry, Research and Education (Moderator: Dan Meyer, ADA)

Visit www.aadronline.org/salivarydiagnostics for more information and to view the complete list of invited speakers. Information about abstract submissions for a poster presentation will be available mid-April.

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> AADR and Research!America Advocacy Day Attendees Deliver Important Message to Congress
> Comparative Effectiveness Delivery System Demonstration Grants
> Researchers Find Early Detection Biomarkers for Pancreatic Cancer in Human Saliva
> AADR Strides in Science
> Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)
> Opportunity for Grants Administrators and Researchers: NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
> Comparative Effectiveness Research Funding Opportunities
> NIDCR launches Salivary Gland Molecular Anatomy Project
> NYU Dental Professor Timothy Bromage Selected to Receive Max Planck Research Award
AADR and Research!America Advocacy Day Attendees Deliver Important Message to Congress

Attendees of the AADR and Research!America Advocacy Day descended on Capitol Hill on March 2 and delivered the message that science and technology will continue to lead our nation in the 21st century. The program, which included a morning workshop on effective advocacy, gave AADR Advocates scheduled times to meet with their congressional offices and advocate for sustainable increases to the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Comparative Effectiveness Delivery System Demonstration Grants
ARRA OS Recovery Act 2009 Limited Competition
A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was recently issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This FOA is supported by funds provided to AHRQ, through the Office of the Secretary, HHS, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Applications are due March 23, 2010.
Researchers Find Early Detection Biomarkers for Pancreatic Cancer in Human Saliva

Finding Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment of Devastating Disease
A multidisciplinary group of investigators from the UCLA School of Dentistry, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the UCLA School of Public Health and UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has demonstrated the usefulness of salivary diagnostics in the effort to find and fight the pancreatic cancer. AADR President-elect David Wong is the senior investigator of this study.

AADR Strides in Science

This month, AADR interviewed Tara Aghaloo, an associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles 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.

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.

Opportunity for Grants Administrators and Researchers: NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regional Seminars are designed for those new to the NIH grants process, including sponsored project office and departmental administrators, faculty, investigators, grant writers, graduate students, etc. The next seminar will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, April 15-16, 2010. Space is Limited and registration closes March 19!

Comparative Effectiveness Research Funding Opportunities

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued a solicitation notice in FedBizOpps.gov for a contract opportunity titled “Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness Network (DEcIDE-2).”

NIDCR launches Salivary Gland Molecular Anatomy Project
As announced in Kenneth Yamada’s Distinguished Lecture at the AADR Annual Meeting on March 5, 2010, NIDCR has launched the Salivary Gland Molecular Anatomy Project (SGMAP) which provides a searchable gene expression database for mouse salivary gland development.
NYU Dental Professor Timothy Bromage Selected to Receive Max Planck Research Award

Timothy Bromage, a professor of basic science and craniofacial biology and of biomaterials and biomimetics at the New York University College of Dentistry, has been chosen by a joint Max Planck Society and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selection committee to receive the 2010 Max Planck Research Award.

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