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January 12, 2012 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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2012 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting Presenter Pre-Registration Deadline Fast Approaching

January 18 is the deadline for presenters to pre-register for the 41st Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research and will take place March 21-24, 2012, in Tampa, Florida, USA. Visit www.aadronline.org/aaam for the latest news and updates. The non-presenter pre-registration deadline is February 3.

2011 Fall Focused Symposium – View Online
If you were unable to attend the 4th Fall Focused Symposium titled "Oral Health Disparities Research and the Future Face of America," you may now purchase access to the video of the meeting . This Fall Focused Symposium was organized by AADR President Jeffrey Ebersole and was held in Washington, DC, November 3-4, 2011. The two-day conference featured speakers from industry, government and universities. Online you will find each session from the meeting along with video of the speaker and the slide presentation. You may also receive IADR CERP credit by completing a quiz for each session.

Pricing:
$99.00 for AADR members
$0.00 for Fall Focused Symposium attendees

Visit www.aadronline.org/knowledgecommunity for more information on the event and to purchase the videos.


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In This Issue

> JDR January Issue Now Online
> JDR Hot Topics
> Activate your IADR Member Account
> NIH Launches First Online Genetics Course for Social and Behavioral Scientists
> NIDCR Funding Opportunity Announcements: Molecular Characterization of Salivary Gland Tumors (R01 and R21)
> Proposals Sought to Support Pain Management Education in Health Professional Schools
> Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities
> AHRQ Announces New Information on Funding Opportunities
> AADR Members Elected as AAAS Fellows
> Request for Information: Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce
> Request for Information: Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on Data and Informatics
> Request for Information: Draft Translation Table Framework
> Lab-made Tissue Picks Up the Slack of Petri Dishes in Cancer Research
> Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Expanded to Include Dentistry
> AREA Funding Opportunity (Parent R15)
> A Look Back at 2011 on the Hill
> AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition
> Important IADR General Session Information
> Traveling to Brazil for the IADR General Session U.S. Citizens will Require a Visa
> Save the Date: ADEA-AADR FY13 Dental Education and Research Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
> Penn Dental Medicine to Add D.Sc.D. Degree to Academic Options
> Notice of NIH Plans to Transfer all Programs, Awards, and Applications Associated with the NCRR to Other NIH Institutes and Centers
> Notice of NIH's Creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Anticipated Implementation Plan
> Health IT Funding Opportunity on Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research
> Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2)
> Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)
> Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Etiology, Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment (R01 and R21)
> AADR Strides in Science
> AADR Award Name Changed in Honor of the Late Irwin D. Mandel
> 2012 Awards and Fellowships
> National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council to Meet
> NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award Program Now Accepting Applications
> 10th Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Spirochetes
> New Research Opportunities Available at the IADR/AADR Online Career Center
JDR January Issue Now Online

The January 2012 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.

Activate your IADR Member Account
IADR has upgraded its membership database and website. These updates provide additional security and customization for accessing members-only features, networking opportunities and Association publications. You’ll need to activate your account to enjoy these updates. You will need to enter your member number, first name and last name on the left side of the screen.
NIH Launches First Online Genetics Course for Social and Behavioral Scientists

A new genetics educational program will provide social and behavioral scientists with sufficient genetics background to allow them to engage effectively in interdisciplinary research with genetics researchers. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health, partnered with the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics to create the free, Web-based project.

NIDCR Funding Opportunity Announcements: Molecular Characterization of Salivary Gland Tumors (R01 and R21)

These Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) issued by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) solicits Research Project Grants (R01 and R21) applications to enhance basic and translational research on salivary gland tumors.

Proposals Sought to Support Pain Management Education in Health Professional Schools

The NIH Pain Consortium is encouraging medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy schools to respond to a new funding opportunity to develop Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs). The National Institute on Drug Abuse is the lead Institute on this effort.

Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities

The Health Resources & Services Administration announced on December 23, 2011, grants of up to $500,000 to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities Program. The purpose of the program is to help states develop and implement innovative programs to address the dental workforce needs of designated dental health professional shortage areas in a manner that is appropriate to the states' individual needs.

AHRQ Announces New Information on Funding Opportunities

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is temporarily suspending individual career development Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) due to budget constraints. This change applies to the February 12, 2012 new application receipt date and March 12, 2012 receipt date for resubmission applications.

AADR Members Elected as AAAS Fellows

In November 2011, the AAAS Council elected 539 members as Fellows of AAAS. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on February 18, 2012, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The new Fellows will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.

Request for Information: Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce

To ensure a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the issues underlying the diversity of the biomedical research workforce, input  is being sought from the biomedical research community, including students, postdoctoral fellows, scientists, scientific societies, and NIH grantee institutions, as well as from the general public. Input is sought for each of the aforementioned areas identified and any other items the working group might consider. 

Request for Information: Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on Data and Informatics

To ensure a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the issues surrounding the management, integration, and analysis of research data and administrative data, input is sought from data and informatics experts and stakeholders, including investigators, administrators, and IT professionals, as well as from the general public.   Input is sought on the areas described above, as well as any other items that the working group might consider. 

Request for Information: Draft Translation Table Framework

The Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was established to develop and improve the science and methods of comparative clinical effectiveness research. The legislation calls on the Methodology Committee to develop “a translation table that is designed to provide guidance and act as a reference for the Board to determine research methods that are most likely to address each specific comparative clinical effectiveness research question,” and to produce a report by May 2012 outlining the progress on the development of this translation table. The Methodology Committee has developed a preliminary translation framework that will inform the development of the translation table.

Lab-made Tissue Picks Up the Slack of Petri Dishes in Cancer Research
Using oral cancer cells in a three-dimensional model of lab-made tissue that mimics the lining of the oral cavity, researchers have found that the tissue surrounding cancer cells can epigenetically mediate the expression or suppression of a cell adhesion protein associated with the progression of cancer. These new findings support the notion that drugs that are currently being tested to treat many cancers need to be screened using more complex tissue-like systems, rather than by using conventional petri dish cultures that do not fully manifest features of many cancers.
Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Expanded to Include Dentistry

One of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s longest running national programs, the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP), will offer support to dental scholars starting with its 2012 application period.

AREA Funding Opportunity (Parent R15)

TheAcademic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty and students in health professional schools, and other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds.

A Look Back at 2011 on the Hill

Last year was an eventful year on Capitol Hill. AADR Government Affairs has created a 2011 Legislative Review that provides a bottom line to all of the back-and-forth in Congress, as related to federal investments in dental research.

AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition


Register Now

The 41st AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the CADR Annual Meeting, in Tampa, Florida, March 21-24. There is still time to pre-register to take advantage of a reduced registration rate. Presenters will need to register on or before January 18. The pre-registration deadline for non-presenters is February 3.

Important IADR General Session Information

 

As was announced on December 15, the IADR General Session & Exhibition will now be held in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil, on June 20-23, 2012. Although the meeting location is spectacular, the physical layout of the convention center and hotels necessitate a change from the traditional IADR meeting format. Rather than splitting each day between oral sessions in the morning and poster sessions in the afternoon—as has been our tradition—the 2012 IADR General Session will have days dedicated to oral sessions and days dedicated to posters and exhibits.

Traveling to Brazil for the IADR General Session U.S. Citizens will Require a Visa
If you’re planning to attend the IADR General Session in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil, June 20-23, 2012, and you’re a U.S. citizen a visa will be required for your travel.
Save the Date: ADEA-AADR FY13 Dental Education and Research Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Given the significant cuts facing NIH and other agencies in FY13, member attendance at the annual AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is now as important as ever. AADR and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) are working to put together a program that will provide attendees with a brief overview of the funding and political climate in Washington DC, as well as an afternoon of meetings with elected officials and Congressional staff. This event will take place on April 18, 2012 in Washington, DC, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Penn Dental Medicine to Add D.Sc.D. Degree to Academic Options

Penn Dental Medicine is adding to its academic programs, announcing the establishment of a new doctoral degree that will combine a doctor of science in dentistry (D.Sc.D.) with advanced training in a clinical dental specialty. The new program was approved by the University of Pennsylvania Trustees at their November 2011 meeting and is undergoing final approval by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Notice of NIH Plans to Transfer all Programs, Awards, and Applications Associated with the NCRR to Other NIH Institutes and Centers

On January 6, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a notice to inform the NIH community of changes to NIH administrative grant and application processes resulting from the dissolution of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

Notice of NIH's Creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Anticipated Implementation Plan

In a move to re-engineer the process of translating scientific discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, the National Institutes of Health has established the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). 

Health IT Funding Opportunity on Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research

AHRQ, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), will accept and review investigator-initiated proposals that address systems modeling in health services research. The NSF’s Service Enterprise Systems program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation division of the Engineering Directorate will be the lead program on this interdisciplinary topic.

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, for the purpose of supporting the research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers.

Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $100,000. The maximum award is $600,000.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Etiology, Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment (R01 and R21)

These Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and co-sponsoring Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the NIH encourage investigator(s)-initiated applications that propose to examine the etiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), sometimes referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), in diverse groups and across the lifespan. 

AADR Strides in Science

This month, William Maixner, Ph.D., D.D.S., is featured in the AADR 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.


AADR Award Name Changed in Honor of the Late Irwin D. Mandel

The AADR Board of Directors has voted to change the name of the AADR Distinguished Mentoring Award to the AADR Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award. This change was made in honor of Prof. Irwin D. Mandel who recently passed away and was the first recipient of the award in 2010.

2012 Awards and Fellowships
Apply for AADR and IADR awards when submitting your abstract for the 90th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR! The application deadline for these awards is January 20, 2012.
National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council to Meet

The National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council will have a meeting on January 30, 2012 at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The agenda for the meeting will be published soon.

Visit the NIDCR’s website for more information and to see the meeting agenda.

NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award Program Now Accepting Applications

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.

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. The 2012 Spirochete GRC will take place January 22-27, 2012 in Ventura, California.
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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