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June 9, 2016

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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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> Read the JDR June Issue Online
> JDR Hot Topics
> 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
> Remember to Access the Recordings From the 2016 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting
> The National Microbiome Initiative Launches, AADR Member the Forsyth Institute is Recognized for its Commitment
> University of Michigan Joins New National Microbiome Initiative
> C3 Jian Recognized for its Commitment to the National Microbiome Initiative
> FDA Extends Authority to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah
> FDA Modernizes Nutrition Facts Label for Packaged Foods
> 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
> AAAS Urges Institutions and Universities to Sign Onto a Call for Action
> VCU Seeking Applicants for New Ph.D. Program
> Register for McGill University's Summer Institute
> 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
Read the JDR June 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 June issue and OnlineFirst. As an AADR member you already have complimentary access to the online JDR and you may purchase a print subscription at a special reduced rate. 

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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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Call for Submissions: JDR Clinical & Translational Research


With a focus on the most relevant and pressing topics in the field of oral health, IADR/AADR’s new title, JDR Clinical & Translational Research, is a publication with a focus on translational knowledge that explicitly draws connections between diverse areas of research, stakeholders, policymakers and public interest.

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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.

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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. This new award is designed to recognize the best presentation at an academic institution’s research day competition. The award is to be determined by the institution’s judging committee. 

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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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The National Microbiome Initiative Launches, AADR Member the Forsyth Institute is Recognized for its Commitment

Last month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) held an event to announce the official launch of the National Microbiome Initiative. This past year, AADR worked, on behalf of its members, with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to highlight the importance and value of the oral microbiome.

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University of Michigan Joins New National Microbiome Initiative

The University of Michigan (U-M) is part of the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), having committed $3.5 million to the Michigan Microbiome Project, which aims to drive discoveries on how to manipulate the structure and function of the microbiome in the human gut through dietary interventions, and to involve undergraduates in authentic research. 

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C3 Jian Recognized for its Commitment to the National Microbiome Initiative

Last month, C3 Jian, Inc. (C3J) a private clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics aimed at reengineering the human microbiome, announced their participation in the official launch of the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI). 

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FDA Extends Authority to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule effective August 8, 2016: Deeming Tobacco Products to Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. 

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FDA Modernizes Nutrition Facts Label for Packaged Foods

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families.

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Call for Applications: HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The 2016 HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle will close on June 30, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

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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., 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. 

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Public Health Reports Webinar: The Oral Health Strategic Framework

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a webinar on June 21, 2016, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the strategic alignment of HHS operating and staff divisions' resources, programs and leadership commitments to improve oral health with activities of other federal partners.  

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The Improving Oral Health Measurement Project - Summary Report Now Available

The Improving Oral Health Measurement Project (IOHMP) seeks to strengthen the quality, collection and use of data to improve our nation's oral health. By collecting better data, program managers and policymakers at the local, state and national levels will be better able to develop and refine health policies and programs-making optimal use of limited funds and resources.

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AAAS Urges Institutions and Universities to Sign Onto a Call for Action

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is urging institutions and universities to sign onto a call for action for national investments and policies to help ensure the United States remains the global innovation leader. Last June, 10 major industry CEOs and over 200 university, business, and science organizations endorsed Innovation: An American Imperative

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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. The program is based in the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research, a center of research excellence focused on cancer, infection and inflammation and biomaterials.  

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Register for McGill University's Summer Institute

|wproSelectionStart||wproSelectionEnd|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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Call for Applications: Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab, a coordinated effort of four universities, have joined forces in creating the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. 

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Strides in Science: NIH MRSP Student Perspective With Tarek Metwally

This month, the AADR Strides in Science features Tarek Metwally, a third-year dental student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Metwally was the only dental student accepted into the 2015-2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). In its fourth year, the 2015-2016 class was comprised of 55 scholars, which is the largest class to date. 

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AADR Immediate Past President Paul Krebsbach Named New Dean of UCLA Dentistry

Paul Krebsbach, AADR immediate past president, has been appointed dean of the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry. He will succeed AADR member No-Hee Park, who has served as dean since 1998 and is returning to teaching and research.

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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. 

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