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May 10, 2012 MOVING RESEARCH INTO ACTION

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AADR Members Deliver Important Message to Capitol Hill

On April 19, AADR members representing 27 institutions in 17 states and the District of Columbia took to Capitol Hill to hold 70 individual meetings with congressional offices. The meetings were part of the 2012 AADR Advocacy Day on the Hill. Click here to read the post-advocacy day newsletter and to view photos from the program.

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> JDR June Issue Now Online
> JDR Hot Topics
> Activate your IADR Member Account
> AADR Issues Statement on AHA Validation of Oral/Heart Association, Calls for Further Research
> IADR/AADR Publish Studies on Severe Early Childhood Caries Proposes New Classification
> "Dental Ethics" Special Issue
> OSTP Releases National Bioeconomy Blueprint
> NIH Medical Research Scholars Program Announces First Class
> NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine Website Launched
> NIDCR Establishes National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
> NIDCR Council Agenda Released
> AREA Funding Opportunity (Parent R15)
> DTAF 2012 Grants Program
> Delta Dental of South Dakota Receives Funding to Improve Oral Health
> Investigator Training for Financial Conflict of Interest
> CDC Recruiting for Director, Division of Oral Health
> AADR Strides in Science
> 2011 Fall Focused Symposium View Online
> Registration Still Available to Attend the IADR General Session Information
> 2012 Fall Focused Symposium
> OHRP Conference Building Bridges: Research Around the World
> In Memoriam
JDR June Issue Now Online
The June 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 at www.iadr.org/activate to enjoy these updates. You will need to enter your member number, first name and last name on the left side of the screen.
AADR Issues Statement on AHA Validation of Oral/Heart Association, Calls for Further Research

AADR has acknowledged the very comprehensive review of the literature undertaken by the American Heart Association (AHA) on the relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease. The review titled “Periodontal disease and atherosclerotic vascular disease: Does the evidence support an independent association?: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association” was published online in Circulation on April 18, 2012. 

IADR/AADR Publish Studies on Severe Early Childhood Caries Proposes New Classification

IADR/AADR have published two studies about dental caries in children. These articles, titled “Hypoplasia-Associated Severe Early Childhood Caries – A Proposed Definition” (lead author Page Caufield, New York University College of Dentistry) and “Deciduous Molar Hypomineralization and Molar Incisor Hypomineralization” (lead author M.E.C. Elfrink, Academic Centre for Dentistry, Amsterdam) discuss the definitions of dental caries susceptibility to the hypomineralization and hypoplasia.

"Dental Ethics" Special Issue

The e-version of the special issue on dental ethics of the Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine journal (EBEM) is now available.

OSTP Releases National Bioeconomy Blueprint

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has released a National Bioeconomy Blueprint, which states the administration’s intent to strengthen life sciences research as a method for growing the economy. In the fall of 2011, OSTP released a Request for Information that asked the public to contribute ideas for the creation of the blueprint.

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program Announces First Class
The National Institutes of Health has selected a talented pool of 45 medical, dental and veterinary students representing 34 different U.S.-accredited universities for its inaugural class of the Medical Research Scholars Program (MSRP).
NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine Website Launched
The NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) has launched a website at http://crm.nih.gov. The NIH CRM is a community resource that works to provide the infrastructure to support and accelerate the clinical translation of stem cell-based technologies, and to develop widely available resources to be used as standards in stem cell research.
NIDCR Establishes National Dental Practice-Based Research Network

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has awarded a $66.8 million, seven-year grant that consolidates its dental practice-based research network (PBRN) initiative into a unified nationally coordinated effort. 

NIDCR Council Agenda Released

The National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council will meet on Monday May 21 on the NIH campus (Building 31C, 6th Floor Conference Room) beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be videocast. Additionally, members of the research community are encouraged to attend the open portion of the meeting.

AREA Funding Opportunity (Parent R15)
The Academic 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.
DTAF 2012 Grants Program
The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation (DTAF) 2012 grant process is nearing its May 31 deadline. This year, the DTAF intends to award $150,000 in grant funding. Each proposal that is accepted will be funded up to a maximum of $25,000.
Delta Dental of South Dakota Receives Funding to Improve Oral Health
Delta Dental Plan is receiving an award to improve oral health and health care for American Indian mothers, their young children and American Indian people with diabetes. The project will also work with diabetic program coordinators to identify and treat people with diabetes.
Investigator Training for Financial Conflict of Interest

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule in the Federal Register that amends the Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F) and Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 C.F.R. Part 94).

CDC Recruiting for Director, Division of Oral Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) is seeking a proven senior scientific leader to serve as Director of the Division of Oral Health (DOH).
AADR Strides in Science

Lynne Opperman, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry. She is also the director of technology development at the university. She earned her B.Sc. in zoology and psychology and her Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia.

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 Past President Jeffrey Ebersole and was held in Washington, DC, November 3-4, 2011.

Registration Still Available to Attend the IADR General Session Information

Registration is still available for the IADR General Session & Exhibition, which will take place in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil, on June 20-23, 2012. If you’re planning on attending and you’re a U.S. citizen a visa will be required for your travel.

2012 Fall Focused Symposium

Save the date for the 5th AADR Fall Focused Symposium: Translational Genetics - Advancing Fronts for Craniofacial Health. This meeting will take place November 16 – 17, 2012, at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The preliminary schedule of events has been posted.

OHRP Conference Building Bridges: Research Around the World

Register now to attend the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Research Community Forum (RCF) entitled “Building Bridges: Research Around the World,” co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, on June 22, 2012. Taking place at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, more than 450 biomedical and psychosocial researchers, students, coordinators, IRB staff and institutional administrators are expected to attend. The goal of this conference is to raise awareness of diverse global interests and to strengthen collaborations between US investigators and those abroad.

In Memoriam


It is with deep sadness to announce that AADR member Susan Kinder Haake passed away on the morning of May 1, 2012. Haake was a professor in the Sections of Periodontics and Oral Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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