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May 12, 2016

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AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship Becomes the First Endowed AADR Fellowship
AADR has announced that the AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship is the first endowed AADR Fellowship as part of the AADR Matching Campaign that launched in 2014. This Fellowship is endowed thanks to generous donors and the AADR Board of Directors, which is matching donations to fund the endowment at $250,000 allowing for at least one Fellowship of $10,000 to be granted annually. As the fund grows with additional contributions, additional fellowships and/or larger grants can be provided.

The Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship was created in recognition of Dr. Haffajee’s many contributions to clinical research in Periodontology and Oral Biology and her prominence as a female leader in the field. The immediate goal of this fellowship is to support women researchers at the early stages of their scientific careers. The long term objective of this fellowship is to increase the representation of women at the higher ranks in science and academia in the field of Oral Biology.

For more than 30 years, Haffajee focused on clinical and translational periodontology research for the improvement of oral health. She also played an important role in paving the way for the next generation of women in periodontal science. Further, she was a dedicated wife and mother of two wonderful daughters, and was a great example of finding the elusive work-life balance. Haffajee passed away on August 16, 2013, at 65 years old following a long battle with cancer. Her mentee and friend Flavia Teles created the fellowship, for which an endowment was started with a very generous gift from Haffajee’s husband, Charles Haffajee.

The AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship is open to women members of AADR who: are within 10 years of their last professional degree; have demonstrated a commitment to a research career in oral biology as well as academic promise, which will be evaluated based on the candidate’s CV, project and the support demonstrated in the supervisor/department head letter; hold a D.D.S./D.M.D. and/or Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree; and hold an appointment at the post-doctoral, instructor, assistant professor level or equivalent at a research/academic institution.

Applications for the 2017 cycle must be received by October 13, 2016. More information is available at www.aadr.org/aadrawards. To learn how you can help with this or other AADR initiatives, visit www.aadr.org/donate or contact Sheri S. Herren at sherren@aadr.org or +1.703.299.8094.    

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In This Issue

> Read the JDR May Issue Online
> JDR Hot Topics
> Gustavo Pompermaier Garlet Joins the JDR as an Associate Editor
> Call for Submissions: JDR Clinical & Translational Research
> Call for Nominations
> Can You Serve on a Committee?
> Donate for Research
> AADR Student Research Day Award for AADR Institutional Section Members
> Senate Proposes Funding for the National Science Foundation
> AADR Selects University of Florida College of Dentistry Student for Gert Quigley Fellowship
> Appropriations Update: Senate Allocations are Set
> NIH Creates Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes in Diverse Populations
> Remember to Access the Recordings From the 2016 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting
> Parallel Funding Initiative for Collaborative Research Between Investigators in the USA and São Paulo, Brazil
> Submit Applications for the University of Washington School of Dentistry Summer Institute
> Register for McGill University's Summer Institute
> May 25: Deadline to Submit Applications for the DTA Foundation 2016 Grant Programs
> VCU Seeking Applicants for New Ph.D. Program
> Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists Now Accepting Entries
> Strides in Science
> AADR Participates in 2016 Joint National Conference on Advancing Hispanic Health
> NYUCD and Rheonix, Inc., to Pursue Rapid Zika Virus Diagnostic
> AADR Past President Rena D’Souza Receives Research Medal Award from the Dental Alumni of Columbia University
> AADR Member Muhammad Walji Receives 2016 PECASE From President Obama
> AADR Member James Cray Receives Award Grant From the Cleft Palate Foundation
> May 19-20: Innovations and Controversies in Oral Health Research…Connecting the Dots
Read the JDR May Issue Online

Learn about the latest research that is published in the online Journal of Dental Research: the journal for dental oral and craniofacial research by reading the May issue and OnlineFirst.

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JDR Hot Topics

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

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Gustavo Pompermaier Garlet Joins the JDR as an Associate Editor

IADR/AADR have announced that Gustavo Pompermaier Garlet has been selected as an associate editor of the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research (JDR). He began his term on May 1, 2016. 

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Call for Submissions: JDR Clinical & Translational Research


JDR Clinical & Translational Research - a new journal designed for IADR members and other oral health research leaders to publish their research and effectively translate their findings to those who need the information to deliver evidence-based prevention and care.

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Call for Nominations

Any AADR member may nominate individuals for AADR Vice President or AADR Representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee. Names of potential candidates must be received by August 5, 2016.

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Can You Serve on a Committee?

Committees are the backbone of the IADR and AADR, and each year the Associations seek a wide variety of volunteers, representing as many geographic areas and scientific disciplines as possible, to fill committee vacancies. Information on available committee vacancies for the upcoming year, descriptions of committee duties, and instructions on how to submit your candidacy for a committee appointment is listed here.

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Donate for Research

Dental research created a profession. In the early decades of the last century, investments in dental research moved a trade to a profession. From the fluoridation of public water supplies – a crowning public health achievement of the 20th Century – to high-speed handpieces, dental composites and ceramic restorations, periodontal diagnostics and therapeutics, and more biologic approaches to replacing lost tissues, it was the investments in dental research that defined us as a profession.

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AADR Student Research Day Award for AADR Institutional Section Members

AADR encourages AADR Institutional Section Members to apply for the AADR Student Research Day Award. 

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Senate Proposes Funding for the National Science Foundation

Last month the Senate Commerce Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved its fiscal year 2017 appropriation bill. The CJS bill proposes funding allocations for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.

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AADR Selects University of Florida College of Dentistry Student for Gert Quigley Fellowship

AADR is pleased to announce the selection of KyuLim Lee from the University of Florida College of Dentistry as the 2016-17 Gert Quigley Fellow. Lee is currently enrolled in the DMD/PhD program and is the President of the AADR Florida Chapter Student Research Group. 

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Appropriations Update: Senate Allocations are Set

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the allocations known as 302(b)s for the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bills. Importantly, these allocations adhere to the $1.07 trillion top line number established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The Senate Labor Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriation bill will receive $161.857 billion, which is an approximate $270 million decrease from fiscal year 2016 level of $162.167 billion.

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NIH Creates Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes in Diverse Populations

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have collaborated with physicians and medical geneticists around the world to create the Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes in Diverse Populations. Health care providers can use the new atlas to diagnose diverse patients with inherited diseases by comparing phenotypes and written descriptions of their symptoms with photos and descriptions of people with the same condition and ancestry. 

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Remember to Access the Recordings From the 2016 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting

If you missed the 45th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), you may now access recordings of selected symposia in the IADR/AADR Knowledge Community. This meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, took place March 16–19, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif., USA.

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Parallel Funding Initiative for Collaborative Research Between Investigators in the USA and São Paulo, Brazil

The National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Md., USA, and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, have signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage collaborative international research between investigators in the US and in São Paulo. The two funding agencies intend to jointly support (parallel funding) successful R01 applications to the NIH that fall within research areas of mutual interest, including single disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches and topics. The areas of interest include the mission areas of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs).  

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Submit Applications for the University of Washington School of Dentistry Summer Institute

Applications are being accepted for the 25th Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, to be held June 27-August 5, 2016, at the University of Washington, Seattle. The program is designed for dental faculty and other oral health professionals who wish to acquire skills in research methodology specifically targeted for clinical research. 

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Register for McGill University's Summer Institute

Registration is available for the Summer Institute in Applied Mixed Methods for Oral Health and Primary Care Research, July 25-29, 2016, at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The McGill Summer Institute aims to advance the understandings of mixed methods as a research methodology for oral health researchers. 

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May 25: Deadline to Submit Applications for the DTA Foundation 2016 Grant Programs

The Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 grant programs. 

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VCU Seeking Applicants for New Ph.D. Program

A new Ph.D. program at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry will provide training for students who wish to pursue a research career in oral health and the biomedical sciences. 

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Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists Now Accepting Entries

Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab, a coordinated effort of four universities, have joined forces in creating the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. Both Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and we need to incent our best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of research. 

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Strides in Science

Yvonne Kapila, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has accepted an appointment at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as vice chair of the Division of Periodontology, Department of Orofacial Sciences, effective June 1, 2016. 

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AADR Participates in 2016 Joint National Conference on Advancing Hispanic Health
Last month, AADR had the opportunity to exhibit at the 2016 Joint National Conference on Advancing Hispanic Health, hosted by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) and the National Hispanic Medical Association. This meeting, which took place April 21-24, 2016, in Washington, DC, provided an opportunity for dentists, physicians, health care professionals, government and private sector partners to convene to learn new strategies for effective health care and policies to improve the health of Hispanic populations.
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NYUCD and Rheonix, Inc., to Pursue Rapid Zika Virus Diagnostic

Rheonix, Inc., in collaboration with AADR Institutional Section Member New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), has received a $656,414 funding grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH NIDCR) to develop a rapid diagnostic for Zika virus infection.

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AADR Past President Rena D’Souza Receives Research Medal Award from the Dental Alumni of Columbia University

Last month, AADR Past President Rena D’Souza, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, received the Research Medal Award from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine at its Birnberg Research Program (annual student research program). She was presented with the award following her lecture titled  “Novel Treatment Strategies for Craniofacial Disorders.”

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AADR Member Muhammad Walji Receives 2016 PECASE From President Obama

On May 5, President Obama presented AADR member Muhammad Walji, The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, with a 2016 NIH Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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AADR Member James Cray Receives Award Grant From the Cleft Palate Foundation

Last month, AADR member James Cray, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, was announced as the recipient of the 2016 Cleft Palate Foundation Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Research Grant, which is a one-year $10,000 grant. The award recognizes his research titled “Thyroxine Exposure Depletes Stem Cells of the Cranial Suture.”

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May 19-20: Innovations and Controversies in Oral Health Research…Connecting the Dots

The University at Buffalo will host a symposium themed "Innovations and Controversies in Oral Health Research," May 19-20, 2016. This symposium will take place at the Marriott Harbor Center, Buffalo, N.Y., USA. Attend this symposium to learn about and discuss recent exciting and interesting developments in oral medicine, and their relevance to dental practices.

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