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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
JDR November Issue Now Online
The November 2011 issue of the Journal of Dental Research is online. Your online subscription to the JDR, which is included in your membership, gives you access to the latest research published in the Journal.
JDR Hot Topics
Visit the JDR website to view the Most Read and Most Cited JDR articles.
Read the Science Advocate on Your Mobile Device
If you’re on the go, take the AADR’s Science Advocate with you by reading it on your mobile device. Don’t miss any of the latest dental and oral research news while traveling. 
Stay in the Know, Read the AADR Government Affairs Blog
AADR has made it convenient for you to read the latest government affairs news in one place. Visit the newly created AADR Government Affairs blog to read Capitol Hill updates, advocacy news, funding announcements and more.
IADR/AADR Publish Study on Obesity Link to Periodontitis

In a study titled “MicroRNA Modulation in Obesity and Periodontitis,” lead author Romina Perri, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Oral Health Institute, conducted a pilot investigation to determine whether obesity or periodontal disease modified microRNA expression and whether there was any potential interaction between obesity and periodontitis that could involve microRNA modulation.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs
The NIH has announced the continuation of educational loan repayment through its extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP). The LRPs encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received by recipients for their research. 
Webinar Series: President's Initiative on University Research Commercialization
The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) presents “President Obama’s Initiative on University Research Commercialization: How Universities Plan To Respond” webinar series.
AADR Member Cun-Yu Wang Elected to the Institute of Medicine
AADR member Cun-Yu Wang, No-Hee Park endowed professor at the University of California – Los Angeles School of Dentistry, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.  
IADR/AADR Publish Study on Dental Caries Vaccine

In a report on a preclinical investigation titled “Flagellin Enhances Saliva IgA Response and Protection of Anti-caries DNA Vaccine,” lead author Wei Shi, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team of researchers demonstrate that anti-caries DNA vaccines, including pGJA-P/VAX, are promising for preventing dental caries.

AADR Strides in Science

This month, Charles Hildebolt, D.D.S., M.A., Ph.D., was interviewed for the Strides in Science. Read more to learn about his research accomplishments and how AADR has been instrumental in his career success. The AADR Strides in Science, which 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. To nominate someone, send an e-mail to scienceadvocate@aadronline.org.

2012 Awards and Fellowships

Apply for the AADR Bloc Travel Grant or the AADR Student Research Fellowship when submitting your abstract for the 90th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
January 13, 2012, is the deadline.

Transformative Research Award Program

NIH welcomes proposals for the NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01). The awards provide support for individual scientists or collaborative investigative teams who propose exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research, which, if successful, would have a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. To be considered transformative, projects must have the potential to create or overturn fundamental scientific paradigms through the use of novel approaches, or lead to major improvements in health through the development of highly innovative therapies, diagnostic tools or preventive strategies.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $25 million in FY 2012 for this initiative. Up to one-third of this budget will be reserved for projects exceeding $1 million dollars in direct costs per year.  Letters of intent are due by December 12, 2011; applications are due by January 12, 2012:

More information is available at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-006.html 
http://commonfund.nih.gov/TRA/index.aspx

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. 
Free Training in Dental Informatics (MS/PhD/postdoctoral positions)
The Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking applicants for its NIDCR/NLM-funded training program in dental informatics (M.S., Ph.D. or postdoctoral). A
AAMC Calls for Proposals for Oral Health in Medicine Model Curriculum

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has announced a call for proposals for instructional resources to help develop a model curriculum for oral health in medicine.

Available through MedEdPORTAL, the association’s peer-reviewed educational resource and publication service in collaboration with the American Dental Education Association, the resources are intended to help educators incorporate oral health practices into general health care and disease-prevention services. Accepted applicants also will receive a $2,000 award and travel support to attend a one-day training workshop on educational scholarship in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2011.

Immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS-related Oral Manifestations and Host Immunity (R01 and R21)

The NIH NIDCR has released two funding announcements for immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS-related Oral Manifestations and Host Immunity.

NIH Launches Medical Research Scholars Program

A new Medical Research Scholars Program for medical and dental students will begin in September 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. The year-long program will offer research experiences with intramural investigators from across NIH in basic science laboratories, and in clinical and translational research conducted at the NIH Clinical Center.

Register to Attend the 2012 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting

Registration is open to attend the 41st Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the AADR. This meeting will take place in Tampa, Florida, USA, March 21-24, 2012, and will be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Meeting of the CADR. Visit www.aadronline.org/aaam for the latest news and updates.

10th Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Spirochetes
The preliminary program and instructions for application for the 10th Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Spirochetes have been posted to the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) website.
New Research Opportunities Available at the IADR/AADR Online Career Center

Visit the IADR/AADR Online Career Center to view the latest research opportunities available. The Online Career Center helps connect IADR and AADR members with new employment opportunities.

 

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