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February 13, 2014

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AADR Applauds CVS for Ceasing Sales of Tobacco Products
On Wednesday, February 5, CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry Merio announced that CVS/pharmacy will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014. "As the delivery of health care evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, CVS Caremark is playing an expanded role in providing care through our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners.” He further elaborated that “cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered.”

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) applauds CVS for being the first national pharmacy chain to make this ground-breaking decision to cease the sale of tobacco in its stores. For nearly 20 years, AADR has had a policy on the use of tobacco and acknowledges that it is the principal risk factor for oral cancer. It also increases the risk for periodontal disease and decreases the ability of oral tissues to heal. 

Other oral effects include halitosis (bad breath), decreased ability to taste, and increased staining of the teeth. Smokeless tobacco (spit tobacco) is not a safe alternative to smoking tobacco. Tobacco used in either form is harmful to health and should be discouraged. 

As AADR members continue to research and publish on the harmful effects of tobacco on oral health, we urge dental professionals to discourage initiation of tobacco use in any form among their patients and the public, and to facilitate and reinforce cessation among users. We hope the action CVS has taken to end the sale of tobacco in its stores will serve as an example to other pharmacies and that they will join CVS in taking a stand against the sale of tobacco products.

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> Register and Book Your Hotel for the AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition
> New! The Fundamentals for Research and Career Success of New Faculty
> Renew Your IADR/AADR Membership
> Complimentary Registration for the 2014 AADR/ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to Close March 24
> IADR/AADR Comment on the NIDCR Draft Strategic Plan
> NIH Announces First Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
> Analysis of Budget Cuts Impact to Biomedical Research
> Congress Approves Appropriations Bill!
> US Senate Hearing on Federal Travel and Conferences
> Check Out the JDR February Issue Online
> JDR Hot Topics
> Call for Papers in JDR Special Issue
> IADR Accepting Applications for New Behavioral Research Award Aimed to Improve Oral Health Using Social Entrepreneur Approaches – Deadline is March 3, 2014
> New NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce
> HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program
> 2014 Call for Applications - Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
> Call for Applications - 2014 Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods
> Strides in Science
> Conference on Complex Systems, Health Disparities & Population Health: Building Bridges
> Practice-Based Research in the National Dental PBRN: Translating Research Into Everyday Practice
> Abstracts Submissions Sought for the 5th ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference
> Read the Science Advocate on your mobile device!
Register and Book Your Hotel for the AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition


Register to attend the 43rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research, March 19-22, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR). 

New! The Fundamentals for Research and Career Success of New Faculty

AADR is offering a new one-day pre-meeting workshop, The Fundamentals for Research and Career Success of New Faculty, aimed at facilitating success in an academic career for new faculty. This pre-meeting workshop will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. 

Renew Your IADR/AADR Membership

If you haven’t already renewed your IADR/AADR membership for 2014, please take a moment to do so today. 

Complimentary Registration for the 2014 AADR/ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to Close March 24

Complimentary registration is available for the 2014 AADR/ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, which will take place on April 8, 2014, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IADR/AADR Comment on the NIDCR Draft Strategic Plan

On February 7, IADR/AADR submitted feedback to the 2014-2019 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Draft Strategic Plan.

NIH Announces First Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

NIH Director Francis Collins has announced the appointment of Hannah Valantine, M.D., to the permanent position of Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity. 

Analysis of Budget Cuts Impact to Biomedical Research

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released an analysis of the impact sequestration had on biomedical research.  According to their analysis, in constant dollars the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget in fiscal year (FY) 2013 was $6 billion less than FY2003.

Congress Approves Appropriations Bill!

Last month, Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) by overwhelming margins.  The Senate approved the bill by a 72-26 vote and the House approved it by a 359-67 vote. 

US Senate Hearing on Federal Travel and Conferences

On January 29, AADR submitted a statement for the record to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for the hearing entitled Examining Conference and Travel Spending Across the Federal Government.  

Check Out the JDR February Issue Online

Learn about the latest research that is published in the online Journal of Dental Research by reading this month’s issue and OnlineFirst (commonly known as “publish ahead of print,” by which forthcoming articles are published online before they are scheduled to appear in print). 

JDR Hot Topics

Visit the JDR website to view the Most Read and Most Cited JDR articles.

Call for Papers in JDR Special Issue

The Journal of Dental Research has announced the publication of a special issue in the fall of 2014 highlighting the latest developments in novel materials and technologies for dental, oral and craniofacial sciences.

IADR Accepting Applications for New Behavioral Research Award Aimed to Improve Oral Health Using Social Entrepreneur Approaches – Deadline is March 3, 2014

On January 22, the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), with Unilever, announced the creation of the "IADR Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Research Award." This is an IADR award with funding provided exclusively by Unilever. IADR will be accepting proposals for this new award until March 3, 2014

New NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce

The National Institutes of Health has three new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to develop approaches to engage researchers, especially from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in NIH-funded research careers.

HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program

In order to encourage more medical, dental and veterinary students to pursue academic and research careers, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers outstanding “year-out” and summer research training programs for students enrolled in schools in the U.S. 

2014 Call for Applications - Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program

Applications are being accepted for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, which was established to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine and dentistry and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians and dentists. 

Call for Applications - 2014 Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, to be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, June 29-August 8, 2014.

Strides in Science

Robert Spears, M.S., Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and director of curriculum and director of student research at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He received his B.S. in biology and M.S. in anatomy from Texas A&M University, and his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Texas A&M System Health Science Center.  

Conference on Complex Systems, Health Disparities & Population Health: Building Bridges

Improving population health and eliminating health disparities is a critical task, yet our efforts are stymied by the complexity of the task, involving as it does causes of poor health that range from public policy to the nature of our neighborhoods to how we behave to biology.

Practice-Based Research in the National Dental PBRN: Translating Research Into Everyday Practice

If you’re attending the 2014 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition you may want to register to attend the Saturday Workshop on Practice-Based Research in the National Dental PBRN: Translating Research Into Everyday Practice. 

Abstracts Submissions Sought for the 5th ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference

The call for abstracts for poster and oral presentations is now open for the 5th American Dental Education Association International Women’s Leadership Conference. 

Read the Science Advocate on your mobile device!

AADR’s Science Advocate can now be viewed on your mobile device! Don’t miss any of the latest dental and oral research news while traveling. 


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