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May 13, 2010 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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Get Online JDR Research Sooner through OnlineFirst
If you haven’t logged into the online Journal of Dental Research lately, you’re missing out on the latest research. The online JDR offers OnlineFirst, a feature commonly known as “publish ahead of print” by which forthcoming articles are published online before they are scheduled to appear in print.

OnlineFirst provides clear benefits to all researchers and users of the online JDR by giving subscribers the ability to access the very latest papers in the field of dental, oral and craniofacial research. Authors also benefit from greatly reduced lead times between submission and publication of articles. With OnlineFirst, manuscripts can appear online while other articles are being completed for an upcoming issue of the JDR. An author’s research will therefore reach its audience more quickly, enabling an article to receive greater usage and exposure, including earlier citation opportunities by related work.

More details, including how to cite OnlineFirst articles, can be found on the OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

Study Provides New Leads into Genetics of Cleft Lip and/or Palate
A consortium of scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health recently reported that it has identified two human genes that, when inherited in a slightly altered form, may play a role in causing cleft lip and/or palate. 

The finding, published online by the journal Nature Genetics, is unique in the study of congenital malformations because of how the discoveries were made.  They come from the largest genome-wide association, or GWA, study to date on cleft lip and/or palate.  GWA studies allow researchers to survey the DNA of people with a shared condition to measure hundreds of thousands of different points across the genome that can be indicative of a nearby gene alteration.

By working as a consortium and through the consent of more than 1,900 affected families from eight countries, the authors were able to detect variations close to genes called MAFB and ABCA4. The variations suggest that altered forms of these genes may be related to clefting. Had the researchers worked alone with their limited numbers of DNA samples, they likely would have lacked the needed statistical power to identify genes that are less frequently altered or have modest effects on the risk of developing a cleft. 

The families in the replication study were from China, the Philippines, India, the United States, Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, Ireland, Argentina, Colombia and Guatemala. Replication genotyping primarily was done in the labs of Terri Beaty, and IADR/AADR members Mary Marazita and Jeff Murray

For more information about this research, see the complete article on NIDCR’s Web site.

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In This Issue

> AADR Fellowship Opportunity for Student Members
> Congressional Committee Releases Report Calling Federal Underinvestment in Basic Research “Worrisome”
> Senate Appropriations Committee Hears Testimony from NIH Director
> Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T90/R90)
> Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T32)
> Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)
> New Research may Provide Foundation for Investigating New Classes of Analgesic Drugs
> Future Scholarship Opportunities for US Graduate Students
> Two Institute of Medicine Committees to Hold Public Sessions Focused on Oral Health
> NIH Seeking Input on Priorities in Adherence Research
> AAAS Pacific Division to Hold Annual Meeting
> Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship Open to Applicants
> GNYAP Accepting Grant Applications
> AADR Strides in Science
> OSAP 2010 Symposium—June 2010
> AADR Accepting Poster Presentation Submissions for its 3rd Fall Focused Symposium
> Two-Day Symposium in Sitges, Spain
> Tissue Injury and Pulp Regeneration
> WVU School of Dentistry Receives an Additional $2.8 Million NIH Grant to Study Oral Health Disparities in Northern Appalachia
> AADR Member Receives Charles Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award
AADR Fellowship Opportunity for Student Members

From now until May 28, 2010, applications will be accepted for the 2010 Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship. This public policy fellowship provides a unique learning experience both in Washington, DC, and through grassroots efforts at the Fellow’s local university or institution.

Congressional Committee Releases Report Calling Federal Underinvestment in Basic Research “Worrisome”

In a report released on May 12 by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC), a permanent congressional committee made up of members from both the House and the Senate, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) assert that the “federal government has a critical role in the funding R&D.” 

Senate Appropriations Committee Hears Testimony from NIH Director

Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) began the May 5 hearing by asking rhetorically, “What role does biomedical research play in health care reform? How can basic research be better translated into treatments? How can the brightest young minds be encouraged to enter this field when budgets are so tight?”

Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T90/R90)

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) will award T90/R90 grants to eligible institutions that are committed to supporting predoctoral and postdoctoral research training as a means to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to address the Nation’s health related needs in dental, oral, and craniofacial research.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T32)

NIDCR will award T32 Institutional Training grants to eligible institutions that are committed to supporting predoctoral and postdoctoral research training as a means to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to address the nation’s health related needs in dental, oral, and craniofacial research.

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.

New Research may Provide Foundation for Investigating New Classes of Analgesic Drugs

Scientists learn to block pain at its source
Lead researcher and IADR/AADR member Kenneth Hargreaves, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and his colleagues have discovered the body's own “heat messenger,” which helps nerves feel pain.

Future Scholarship Opportunities for US Graduate Students

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars & Fellows (FICRS-F) Program offers a one-year clinical research training experience for graduate level U.S. students in the health professions. This is an opportunity for highly-motivated individuals to experience mentored research training at top-ranked NIH-funded research centers in developing countries.

Two Institute of Medicine Committees to Hold Public Sessions Focused on Oral Health

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has two upcoming public sessions that will be of value to AADR members and people in the dental, oral and craniofacial research community.

NIH Seeking Input on Priorities in Adherence Research
The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the NIH Adherence Research Network are seeking input from the scientific community, health professionals, patient advocates, community-based organizations, students, and the general public about current and emerging priorities in adherence research that offer the greatest potential for improving the nation’s health and well-being.
AAAS Pacific Division to Hold Annual Meeting

A new Dentistry & Oral Science section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division (AAAS-PD) is being formed, which will be called Oral Biology & Dental Medicine. The section’s first organizational meeting will take place at the next AAAS-PD 91st Annual Meeting, in Ashland, Oregon, June 13-17, 2010.

Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship Open to Applicants

The Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals—academics, clinical leaders, decision-makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, government officials and journalists—to spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working with leading Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to both countries.

GNYAP Accepting Grant Applications

The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP) offers grants to support students enrolled in accredited advanced specialty education programs in prosthodontics. The goal is to provide students with an organized and meaningful research experience, under the guidance of an experienced faculty mentor, to better prepare students for the rigors of clinical practice and academia.

AADR Strides in Science

Pamela Crotty Yelick, Ph.D., Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, is featured in this month’s AADR Strides in Science. Read the interview to learn more about her research discoveries and her passion for research. The Strides in Science is a month feature that highlights an AADR member’s research accomplishments. If you want to nominate a colleague to be featured, please send his/her name to scienceadvocate@aadronline.org.

OSAP 2010 Symposium—June 2010

The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) will hold its 2010 symposium June 10-13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida. The seminar will give educators and people who are responsible for infection prevention in their facilities a cost-effective way to stay abreast of emerging diseases, new technologies and procedures, and proven strategies for compliance.

AADR Accepting Poster Presentation Submissions for its 3rd Fall Focused Symposium

The AADR 3rd Fall Focused Symposium: “Salivary Diagnostics: Scientific & Clinical Frontiers” will take place November 12-13, 2010, in the Washington, DC area. AADR is accepting poster presentation submissions for this meeting from now until October 5, 2010.

Two-Day Symposium in Sitges, Spain

The Geriatric Oral Research Scientific Group of the IADR is having a two-day symposium in Sitges, Spain, July 12-13, 2010. The symposium will feature workshops that focus on disparities and expectations in oral healthcare, with an elderly focus, and the risks and benefits of ageing with a natural dentition.

Tissue Injury and Pulp Regeneration

Symposium organized by the Pulp Biology and Regeneration Group (PBRG) of IADR
It has become a valued tradition that PBRG of IADR organizes a symposium on specific topics regarding pulp biology right after the IADR meeting at large. Successful symposia have been organized in the past in Finland, Japan, the US and Germany. The next symposium will be held July 18-20, 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, at Lake Léman.

WVU School of Dentistry Receives an Additional $2.8 Million NIH Grant to Study Oral Health Disparities in Northern Appalachia
Through a joint collaboration resulting from the formation of the Center for Oral Health Disparities in Appalachia (COHRA), West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh received a seven-year $6.3 million grant from NIDCR to investigate variables likely responsible for the oral health disparities that are found in the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health released in 2000.
AADR Member Receives Charles Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Last month, William L. Hylander, Professor Emeritus at the Duke Lemur Center, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, North Carolina, was presented with the Charles Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award.

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