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November 10, 2011 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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AADR 4th Fall Focused Symposium panel discussion.

AADR held its 4th Fall Focused Symposium on November 3-4, 2011, at the Renaissance Washington, DC hotel. This year, the theme of the symposium was “Oral Health Disparities Research and the Future Face of America.”

AADR created the Fall Focused Symposium under the objective to provide networking opportunities and exchange of ideas, and to offer small regional symposia focused on cutting-edge technology and techniques. At this two-day scientific program, attendees had the opportunity to attend sessions, view 33 scientific posters, collaborate with colleagues and attend a panel discussion.

The symposium brought together key opinion leaders, scientists from the NIH, NIDCR and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with NIH-funded investigators and academicians. Newly appointed NIDCR Director Martha Somerman presented a session titled “Research to Address Oral Health Disparities: an NIDCR Priority.”

The symposium was recorded and will be available for download at the IADR/AADR Knowledge Community at http://www.aadronline.org/knowledgecommunity

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> JDR November Issue Now Online
> JDR Hot Topics
> Read the Science Advocate on Your Mobile Device
> Stay in the Know, Read the AADR Government Affairs Blog
> IADR/AADR Publish Study on Obesity Link to Periodontitis
> NIH Loan Repayment Programs
> Webinar Series: President's Initiative on University Research Commercialization
> AADR Member Cun-Yu Wang Elected to the Institute of Medicine
> IADR/AADR Publish Study on Dental Caries Vaccine
> AADR Strides in Science
> 2012 Awards and Fellowships
> Transformative Research Award Program
> NIH Funding Announcements
> Free Training in Dental Informatics (MS/PhD/postdoctoral positions)
> AAMC Calls for Proposals for Oral Health in Medicine Model Curriculum
> Immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS-related Oral Manifestations and Host Immunity (R01 and R21)
> NIH Launches Medical Research Scholars Program
> Register to Attend the 2012 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting
> 10th Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Spirochetes
> New Research Opportunities Available at the IADR/AADR Online Career Center
NIH Funding Announcements

The Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social, and Behavioral Research (R03) program announcement and two related announcements (R01, PA-11-180; R21, PA-11-181) comprise the fourth set in a series of consecutive FOAs published by NIH since 1999 to encourage research on ethical issues related to the conduct of biomedical, social and behavioral research within the NIH mission. The prior FOA’s in this series focused specifically on ethical issues related to the conduct of human subjects research. This set of announcements broadens that focus to include ethical issues related to new and emerging biomedical technologies.

With continuing advances in biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences and technologies and the diversification and expansion of research settings and subjects, researchers face evolving bioethical challenges related to the conduct of research, the management of related data and information, and the application of findings. For example, the NIH has a vested interest in promoting research at the cutting edge of science and technology which has potential benefits, yet risks may be unknown and ethical guidance may be lacking. Research is needed to anticipate the evolution of bioethical issues, to ensure NIH supported research is conducted in the most ethical manner possible, and to inform policy discussions that may emerge from NIH-supported research.

The NIH is in the process of developing an agency-wide strategic plan for bioethics research and training which will be used to formulate future funding opportunity announcements and guide investments over the next 5-10 years. As part of the planning process, NIH is assessing priority areas for the support of bioethics research. Future issuances of this FOA may include changes to reflect the outcomes of this assessment.

Visit the NIH website for more information and to apply.
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