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July 8, 2010 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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> JDR Highlights
> IOM Holds Second Meeting of An Oral Health Initiative
> IOM to Begin Study on the Future of U.S. Research Institutions
> NIDCR Establishes Salivary Gland Tumor Repository
> Dental Pulp Cells for Stem Cell Banking
> Study shows that Untreated Tooth Decay in Mothers Almost Doubled Odds of it in Children 
> AHRQ R01 Funding Announcement
> Comments Sought on Financial Conflict of Interest Notice 
> Burroughs Welcome Fund Accepting Applications
> Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T90/R90)
> Journal of Dental Research Increases its Five-Year SIF and Remains Number One Dental Journal of 64 in its Category
> 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 Videos Reveal How NIH Identities the Most Promising Research Applications
> AADR Strides in Science
> Call for Nominations: AADR Vice-president and AADR Representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee
> Can you serve on a committee?
> AADR Accepting Poster Presentation Submissions for its 3rd Fall Focused Symposium
> Two-Day Symposium in Sitges, Spain
> Tissue Injury and Pulp Regeneration
JDR Highlights

Last month, AADR/IADR issued a press release about a paper titled “Dental Pulp Cells for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Banking,” published in the International and American Associations for Dental Research’s Journal of Dental Research, and it was picked up by the Discovery Channel.

IOM Holds Second Meeting of An Oral Health Initiative

For the second of three scheduled meetings, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee charged with examining the current oral health care system, entitled An Oral Health Initiative, gathered on June 28 in Washington, DC. The meeting agenda covered topics such as education and training, public health literacy, and the newly revitalized federal role of the U.S. Oral Health Coordinating Committee (OHCC).

IOM to Begin Study on the Future of U.S. Research Institutions

Responding to a Congressional request, the National Research Council has convened a committee to study the health of the nation’s research universities and to identify strategies for advancing their role in U.S. prosperity, security, and global competitiveness in the 21st century. This is a very timely issue, as budget hawks in both the Executive and Legislative branches plan to reduce federal investments in research and development (R&D) over the next 3-5 years.

NIDCR Establishes Salivary Gland Tumor Repository

NIDCR has now established the first salivary gland tumor repository to enable research to define the etiology and pathogenesis of these conditions. The Salivary Gland Tumor Biorepository (SGTB) collects, maintains and distributes biospecimens and cell lines, and provides qualified researchers with materials for basic and translational research on salivary gland tumors.

Dental Pulp Cells for Stem Cell Banking

Defined sets of factors can reprogram human cells to induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. However, many types of human cells are not easily accessible to minimally invasive procedures. In a paper published in the International and American Associations for Dental Research’s Journal of Dental Research, researchers evaluate dental pulp cells as an optimal source of iPS cells, since they are easily obtained from extracted teeth and can be expanded under simple culture conditions.

Study shows that Untreated Tooth Decay in Mothers Almost Doubled Odds of it in Children 

A University of California San Francisco, USA study—published in the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research—examining the oral health of rural Hispanic families found that untreated tooth decay in mothers almost doubled the odds of tooth decay in children. 

AHRQ R01 Funding Announcement

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits Large Research (R01) Projects, and expresses AHRQ portfolio priority areas of interest for ongoing extramural health services research, demonstration, dissemination, and evaluation grants.

Comments Sought on Financial Conflict of Interest Notice 

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes a general revision to the existing regulations regarding financial conflict of interest is open for public comment until July 20. Instructions for submitting comments are available on the NIH Web site.

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.

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.

Journal of Dental Research Increases its Five-Year SIF and Remains Number One Dental Journal of 64 in its Category

The International and American Associations for Dental Research have announced that its Journal of Dental Research (JDR) remains the number one journal of 64 journal published in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category according to the new 2009 Five-Year Scientific Impact Factor (SIF) rankings, published by the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). This latest report shows that the JDR’s Five-Year SIF increased from 3.966 to 4.195.

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 Videos Reveal How NIH Identities the Most Promising Research Applications

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has released a new video to show new applicants and others how NIH assesses more than 80,000 grant applications each year to help find those with the most merit. With the majority of NIH's $31 billion budget supporting grants to researchers, these assessments help ensure investments lead to significant advances in science and health. 

AADR Strides in Science

This month, Clark Stanford is featured in the AADR Strides in Science. Read the article to find out more about him, his research and to learn how AADR has helped him advance his career.

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. 

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. If you are interested in presenting a poster at the Fall Focused Symposium, please be advised the boards are 4ft. high x 8 ft. wide.

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. Registration is open and a meeting agenda is available for download.

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.

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