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September 9, 2010 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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Submit Your Poster Presentation for the AADR 3rd Fall Focused Symposium
The AADR 3rd Fall Focused Symposium: “Salivary Diagnostics: Scientific & Clinical Frontiers” will take place November 12-13, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia. 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 4 ft. high x 8 ft. wide.

Please visit www.aadronline.org/salivarydiagnostics for a complete list of invited speakers, the schedule and more information about this exciting meeting.

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> Lawrence Tabak Named Principal Deputy Director, NIH; Isabel Garcia Appointed NIDCR Acting Director
> JDR September Issue Now Online
> IADR/AADR Accepting Abstracts for 2011 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session
> AADR and IADR Elections Now Open
> Judge Rules NIH Stem Cell Research Violates Law, Defendantís Request for Stay Denied
> AADR Call for Nominations: NIH Voluntary Reviewers
> CODA Strengthens Research Standards for Predoctoral Programs
> AHRQ USPSTF Call for Nominations
> NIH Loan Repayment Programs Relieve Researchersí Educational Debt
> Opportunities Available through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative
> National Academies Policy Fellowship Call for Applications
> Funding Opportunities 2011 NIH Directorís Award Programs: Transformative Research Projects, Pioneer, and New Innovator Awards
> AHRQ R01 Funding Announcement
> New NIH Web site Offers Easy Access to Bone Health Information
> Burroughs Welcome Fund Accepting Applications
> NIDCR Inside Scoop
> Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Opportunities - Competition System Open
> Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)
> NIDCR to Webcast Upcoming Meeting
> AADR Strides in Science
> Call for Applications and Nominations!
> Call for Poster Abstracts: Sixth International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering
Lawrence Tabak Named Principal Deputy Director, NIH; Isabel Garcia Appointed NIDCR Acting Director

On August 19, NIH Director Francis S. Collins announced the appointment of AADR member Lawrence Tabak as principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health. Tabak stepped down as NIDCR director on August 23 to begin his new position. At the same time Collins announced Tabak's new position, Collins named NIDCR Deputy Director and AADR member Isabel Garcia to be the NIDCR acting director. She will guide the Institute while a search for a permanent director is under way.

JDR September Issue Now Online

The September 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, which is included in your membership, features innovative technology that includes RSS feeds and social bookmarking to enhance your reading and sharing experience.

 

IADR/AADR Accepting Abstracts for 2011 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session


The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) are now accepting abstracts to present at the 89th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, 40th Annual Meeting of the AADR and 35th Annual Meeting of the CADR. This scientific meeting will take place March 16-19, 2011, in San Diego, California. The abstracts submission deadline is October 1, 2010. Please read the call for abstracts prior to submitting your abstract for more information and helpful reminders. 

AADR and IADR Elections Now Open

AADR Members and Retired Members are entitled to vote annually for the office of IADR Vice-president, AADR Vice-president, AADR Publications Committee Member-at-Large and any Constitutional amendments recommended by IADR or AADR Council. Members and Retired Members received an e-mail notice on August 31 with a secure voting code to vote in each election. If you have any questions, please contact membervote@iadr.org. November 2, 2010, is the voting deadline

Judge Rules NIH Stem Cell Research Violates Law, Defendantís Request for Stay Denied

Update (2 p.m., 9/9/2010): Panel Of Appeals Judges Orders Stay in Stem Cell Case, Research Allowed to Continue in the Short Term.

On August 23, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research violates federal law. The law in question is called the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which says no funding can be used for research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded or knowingly subjected to an injury. The amendment was first passed by Congress in 1996 and renewed by Congress every year since.

NIH officials were surprised by the ruling. "Frankly, I was stunned, as was virtually everyone here at NIH, by the judicial decision yesterday," NIH Director Francis Collins said on August 24. "This decision has the potential to do serious damage to one of the most promising areas of biomedical research, and just at the time when we were really gaining momentum."

AADR Call for Nominations: NIH Voluntary Reviewers

As part of an ongoing initiative, the AADR Board and Government Affairs Committee (GAC) are seeking qualified candidates to serve as voluntary NIH reviewers. It is vitally important that more dental researchers serve as study section reviewers.

CODA Strengthens Research Standards for Predoctoral Programs

In August, the American Dental Association’s dental school accreditation arm, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accepted a number of proposed changes to the accreditation standards for dental Predoctoral programs. CODA’s Predoctoral Dental Education Review Committee reviewed comments sent by AADR, the University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey, and the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in support of stronger language for Predoctoral Standard 6, which delineates standards related to research, and ultimately included a number of AADR recommendations in the final revision.

AHRQ USPSTF Call for Nominations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2010.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Relieve Researchersí Educational Debt

Programs allow participants to focus on research careers

As the costs of medical education continue to rise, the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) serve as a lifeline for physician scientists who have high educational debt. The application cycle is open and will close on November 15, 2010, at 8 p.m. EST.

Opportunities Available through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative

Last month, IADR President Maria Fidela de Lima Navarro sent a notice to all IADR members about opportunities available through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative. The Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative is focused on engaging creative minds to work on scientific and technological breakthroughs for the world's most pressing health problems. Within that program is Grand Challenges Explorations, which fosters innovative, early-stage research to expand the pipeline of ideas that can lead to those much needed global health solutions.

National Academies Policy Fellowship Call for Applications

The National Academies' Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its 2011 sessions. The deadline for application material for the January 2011 session has been changed to October 15, 2010.

Funding Opportunities 2011 NIH Directorís Award Programs: Transformative Research Projects, Pioneer, and New Innovator Awards

Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) makes grants to exceptionally creative scientists through the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, New Innovator Award, and the Transformative Research Projects Award programs. The application period for the 2011 Pioneer Award closes on September 13, 2010. The 2011 New Innovator Award application period closes on October 20, 2010. The application for the 2011 Transformative Research Projects Award begins on September 27, 2010 and ends on October 27, 2010.

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. This FOA will use the AHRQ Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism. The total costs awarded to a grant under this FOA will not exceed $500,000 annually for the entire project period. The closing date for applications is January 7, 2012. More information about this R01 funding is available online.

New NIH Web site Offers Easy Access to Bone Health Information
A new Web site providing people with the latest science-based information on bone health and bone disease is available through the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases: National Resource Center (NRC).
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.

NIDCR Inside Scoop

Read this month’s NIDCR Inside Scoop to learn how AADR member Cristina Teixeira reclaimed balance in her professional life with the help of an NIDCR Career Development Award, a supportive research dean, good research collaborations, and an unwavering commitment to expand the evidence-base in orthodontics. She reduced her hours in the clinic, increased her time in the laboratory, trained scores of NYU dental students in the latest research techniques, and joined forces with another colleague to launch an innovative orthodontics research consortium.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Opportunities - Competition System Open

In order to encourage more dental students to pursue academic and research careers, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers two outstanding “year-out” research training programs. The 2011 HHMI Competition System is now open for access to the online applications. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in D.D.S./Ph.D. programs are not eligible to apply.

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.

NIDCR to Webcast Upcoming Meeting

NIDCR will be offering a live Webcast of the open public session of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council meeting on September 27, 2010. For access on the day of the meeting, visit:http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=9594.                                     

AADR Strides in Science

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.

Paul H. Krebsbach, D.D.S., Ph.D., is the Roy H. Roberts Professor of Dentistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics.

 

Call for Applications and Nominations!

AADR is accepting nominations for several awards. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your research!

Call for Poster Abstracts: Sixth International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering

Following five successful international conferences, The SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and The New York Academy of Sciences are co-hosting a three-day conference that aims to examine the ethical issues associated with the development of new implants, devices, and treatments to improve the quality of life of patients with devastating diseases. Biomedical engineers, philosophers, research scientists, lawyers, students, clinicians and representatives from industry and federal agencies will convene to explore ethical guidelines to address the controversial nature of many of these new exciting developments in biomedical engineering.

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