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June 9, 2016


Applications Now Being Accepted for the AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship 
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.

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 must be received by October 13, 2016. More information is available on the AADR website. 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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> AADR Student Research Day Award for AADR Institutional Section Members
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> Call for Applications: HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program
> Parallel Funding Initiative for Collaborative Research Between Investigators in the USA and São Paulo, Brazil
> Public Health Reports Webinar: The Oral Health Strategic Framework
> The Improving Oral Health Measurement Project - Summary Report Now Available
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> VCU Seeking Applicants for New Ph.D. Program
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> Call for Applications: Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
> Strides in Science: NIH MRSP Student Perspective With Tarek Metwally
> AADR Immediate Past President Paul Krebsbach Named New Dean of UCLA Dentistry
> Researchers Design Nifty Feeding Cup to Assist in Feedback Babies With Craniofacial Birth Defects
Researchers Design Nifty Feeding Cup to Assist in Feedback Babies With Craniofacial Birth Defects

AADR member Christy McKinney, University of Washington, has co-invented the Nifty feeding cup alongside collaborators at Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center and nonprofit global health organization PATH. The Nifty feeding cup is aimed at preventing millions of high-risk infants in the developing world from starving. 

About 7.6 million preterm babies born in Africa and Asia each year have trouble feeding, PATH experts said. Babies with cleft palates can’t generate suction because of the disorder and often have trouble using bottles, too. Families and health-care workers in low-income countries typically try to feed such babies using whatever is available, with disappointing results. With such tiny infants, losing even two teaspoons of milk per feeding can make the difference between adequate nutrition and starvation, the experts said. In contrast, the Nifty cup’s spout is designed to allow a mother to express breast milk directly into the bowl and then fit it to a baby’s mouth. The cup’s reservoir and spout allow the infant to control the pace of the feeding, suckling almost normally.

The Seattle-designed cup has been tested in a pilot study in India, where 20 babies were successfully fed and a large clinical trial is pending in Ethiopia. Click here for more information about the Nifty cup.


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