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June 10, 2010 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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> June Issue of JDR Now Online
> Call for Nominations: AADR Vice-president and AADR Representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee
> Can you serve on a committee?
> New Bacterial Genomes in the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD)
> AADR Joins Dental Groups in Supporting Implementation of Dental Programs in Health Care Reform
> NIH SMRB Holds Fourth Meeting to Consider Consolidating Institutes, NIAAA, NIDA
> Stephen Greene Selected as the Inaugural Gert Quigley Fellow in Government Affairs, Student Representative to AADR Government Affairs Committee
> NIH Partners with Universities to Measure Economic Impact of Federally Funded Research
> NIH Senate Champion and AADR Honorary Member Loses Primary Election
> NIDCR Concept Clearances (Future Research Directions)
> Burroughs Welcome Fund Accepting Applications
> Mutant gum disease bacteria provide clue to treatment for Alzheimer's
> 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)
> AADR DLS Speaker Featured in Current HHMI Bulletin
> Two Institute of Medicine Committees to Hold Public Sessions Focused on Oral Health
> AADR Strides in Science
> AADR Accepting Poster Presentation Submissions for its 3rd Fall Focused Symposium
> Two-Day Symposium in Sitges, Spain
> Tissue Injury and Pulp Regeneration
> Human Microbiome Research Conference
> AADR Member Hired as NIDCR Clinical Director
> LSU Dean Receives Prestigious Award
June Issue of JDR Now Online

The June 2010 issue of the Journal of Dental Research is 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.

Call for Nominations: AADR Vice-president and AADR Representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee

Any AADR member may nominate individuals for AADR Vice-president or AADR Representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee. Names of potential candidates must be received by August 2, 2010.

Can you serve on a committee?

If you are interested in volunteering for service on an AADR or Joint (IADR/AADR) committee, beginning in March 2011, please complete the online submission form by September 6, 2010.

New Bacterial Genomes in the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD)

More than 150 annotated oral bacterial genomes are now available for review at The Human Oral Microbiome Database, which has received support from NIDCR under contract U01 DE016937. The goal of creating the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD) is to provide the scientific community with comprehensive information on the approximately 600 prokaryote species that are present in the human oral cavity.

AADR Joins Dental Groups in Supporting Implementation of Dental Programs in Health Care Reform

AADR joined a number of dental professional organizations in asking the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as the Secretary for Health and Human Services, to support the funding and implementation of a number of oral health provisions that were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as the health care reform legislation.

NIH SMRB Holds Fourth Meeting to Consider Consolidating Institutes, NIAAA, NIDA

On May 18-19, the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) held its fourth meeting to address NIH management and structure issues, which is its charter, as set forth by the NIH Reform Act of 2006.

Stephen Greene Selected as the Inaugural Gert Quigley Fellow in Government Affairs, Student Representative to AADR Government Affairs Committee

AADR is pleased to welcome AADR member Stephen Greene, a third year dental student at Howard University in Washington, DC, as the 2010 Gert Quigley Fellow in Government Affairs. 

NIH Partners with Universities to Measure Economic Impact of Federally Funded Research

A new initiative promises to monitor the impact of federal science investments on employment, knowledge generation, and health outcomes.

NIH Senate Champion and AADR Honorary Member Loses Primary Election

Last month, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) lost his bid to run for his sixth term in the U.S. Senate and will retire at the end of his current term in January 2011. Specter, perhaps best known for his staunch support for scientific research, is a two time survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (2005, 2008).

NIDCR Concept Clearances (Future Research Directions)

Concepts represent early planning stages for initiatives in which NIDCR seeks to support research in an understudied and significant area of science. Council approval does not guarantee that a concept will become a program announcement (PA), request for applications (RFA), or request for proposals (RFP). NIDCR bases this determination on scientific and programmatic priorities balanced with the amount of funds available.

Burroughs Welcome Fund Accepting Applications

The Burroughs Welcome Fund is now accepting applications for its Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS).  The program will provide $700,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

Mutant gum disease bacteria provide clue to treatment for Alzheimer's

Researchers at the University of Florida College of Dentistry may have taken the first steps to identifying how to direct a cell’s own autophagic or “recycling” machinery to break down clumps of proteins and keep them from becoming the toxic plaque that plays a role in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases.

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). Letters of intent are due by September 14, 2010. Applications are due by October 14, 2010. Visit the NIH Web site for more information about this award.

AADR DLS Speaker Featured in Current HHMI Bulletin

Elaine Fuchs, one of AADR’s 2010 Distinguished Lecture Series speakers, is featured in the current issue of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Bulletin. Visit the HHMI Bulletin online to read the article and to find out how Fuchs brings an eye for the creative to the many-colored facets of her life and work.

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.

AADR Strides in Science

Michael Reddy is featured in this month’s AADR Strides in Science. This feature highlights 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.

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.

Human Microbiome Research Conference

The human microbiome may be key to health and disease, yet the exact relationship between the microbiome and the human is not clearly understood. Attend the Human Microbiome Research Conference August 31-September 2, 2010, in St. Louis, Missouri to share insights and learn more about research in this area. This conference is open to the entire scientific community interested in human microbiome and metagenomic research.

AADR Member Hired as NIDCR Clinical Director

AADR member James Melvin, University of Rochester, New York, has been hired as the clinical director of NIDCR, effective June 6.

LSU Dean Receives Prestigious Award

AADR member Henry Gremillion, dean of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, has been honored with the lifetime service award presented by the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP). 

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