AADR Science Advocate - November 10, 2011
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JDR November Issue Now Online

The November 2011 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.

The November 2011 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.

The online JDR, which is included in your membership, features innovative technology that includes RSS feeds and social bookmarking to enhance your reading and sharing experience. In addition, the online JDR offers OnlineFirst, a feature commonly known as “publish ahead of print,” by which forthcoming articles are published online before they are scheduled to appear in print. Visit the online JDR to take advantage of this technology.

As an added bonus, don’t forget to read the JDR blog in addition to the JDR to enhance your reader experience and to increase your knowledge. Bookmark www.aadronline.org/jdrblog and read the JDR blog today.

JDR Hot Topics

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

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

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Stay in the Know, Read the AADR Government Affairs Blog

AADR has made it convenient for you to read the latest government affairs news in one place. Visit the newly created AADR Government Affairs blog to read Capitol Hill updates, advocacy news, funding announcements and more.

AADR has made it convenient for you to read the latest government affairs news in one place. Visit the newly created AADR Government Affairs blog to read Capitol Hill updates, advocacy news, funding announcements and more.

Bookmark www.aadronline.org/gablog and visit the site frequently for the most up-to-date news.

IADR/AADR Publish Study on Obesity Link to Periodontitis

In a study titled “MicroRNA Modulation in Obesity and Periodontitis,” lead author Romina Perri, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Oral Health Institute, conducted a pilot investigation to determine whether obesity or periodontal disease modified microRNA expression and whether there was any potential interaction between obesity and periodontitis that could involve microRNA modulation.

In a study titled “MicroRNA Modulation in Obesity and Periodontitis,” lead author Romina Perri, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Oral Health Institute, conducted a pilot investigation to determine whether obesity or periodontal disease modified microRNA expression and whether there was any potential interaction between obesity and periodontitis that could involve microRNA modulation. This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR).

In this investigation, total RNA was extracted from gingival biopsy samples collected from 20 patients in 4 groups (5 non-obese [BMI < 30kg/m2] participants with a healthy periodontium, 5 non-obese participants with periodontitis, 5 obese [BMI > 30kg/m2] participants with a healthy periodontium and 5 obese participants with periodontitis).

Two microRNA species (miR-18a,miR-30e) were up-regulated among obese individuals with a healthy periodontium. Two microRNA species (miR-30e,miR-106b) were up-regulated in non-obese subjects with periodontal disease and in the presence of periodontal disease and obesity, nine microRNAs were significantly up-regulated (miR-15a,miR-18a,miR-22,miR-30d,miR-30e,miR-103,miR-106b, miR-130a,miR-142-3p,miR-185 and miR-210). The authors conclude that the data are consistent with the concept that miRNA that are induced by chronic nutritional stress leading to obesity may also non-parsimoniously modulate inflammatory pathways within periodontal tissues and affect disease expression.

“The expression of specific microRNA species in obesity provides new insight into possible mechanisms of how risk factors might modify periodontal inflammation and may represent novel therapeutic targets,” said JDR Editor-in-Chief (and AADR member) William Giannobile

A perspective article titled “Obesity, Inflammation and Oral Infections: are microRNAs the Missing Link?” was co-authored by Francesco D’Aiuto and Jean Suvan, University College London Eastman Dental Institute. In it, the authors suggest that these data could represent a mechanistic breakthrough in our understanding of the modulatory effects of obesity on periodontal tissue destruction, but caution reproducibility of these findings is needed in larger and well-characterized cohorts.

Visit http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/early/recent for links to the complete articles.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The NIH has announced the continuation of educational loan repayment through its extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP). The LRPs encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received by recipients for their research. 

The NIH has announced the continuation of educational loan repayment through its extramural Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The LRPs encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received by recipients for their research. Applications will be accepted through November 15 at www.lrp.nih.gov.

Specific program objectives and eligibility criteria are contained in each of the five LRP notices:
Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research (LRP-CR)
Extramural Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP-PR)
Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR)
Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Researchers (LRP-CIR)
Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB)

Visit the NIH website to read the full notice.

Webinar Series: President's Initiative on University Research Commercialization

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) presents “President Obama’s Initiative on University Research Commercialization: How Universities Plan To Respond” webinar series.

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) presents “President Obama’s Initiative on University Research Commercialization: How Universities Plan To Respond” webinar series. On September 16, 2011, President Obama announced new steps that will help America’s universities and research labs convert ideas into new products, create startups, expand the economy and create high-value 21st century jobs. In coordination with the Administration, 135 university presidents committed to working more closely with industry, investors, and agencies to bolster entrepreneurship, encourage university-industry collaboration, and advance the nation’s social and economic interests.

The commitments are aimed at helping achieve the President’s goal of strengthening commercialization of the nearly $148 billion in annual federally-funded research and development. The “President Obama’s Initiative on University Research Commercialization: How Universities Plan To Respond” webinar series will have university leaders highlight specific plans for following through on this commitment and bolstering their commercialization efforts, in direct response to the President’s call to action.

Read the AADR Government Affairs blog for more information and the webinar schedule.
NIH RFI: Partnerships Between Extramural and Intramural Investigators Using the NIH Clinical Center NIH has released a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks to identify opportunities for proposals involving use of the NIH Clinical Center. The oral health community is specifically encouraged to reply, as well as to forward thoughts to jnurse@aadronline.org for potential inclusion in the AADR response to the RFI. Responses are due to AADR by November 17 and to NIH by December 1.

AADR Member Cun-Yu Wang Elected to the Institute of Medicine

AADR member Cun-Yu Wang, No-Hee Park endowed professor at the University of California – Los Angeles School of Dentistry, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.  

AADR member Cun-Yu Wang, No-Hee Park endowed professor at the University of California – Los Angeles School of Dentistry, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.  

New members are elected by current active members through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Visit the IOM’s website to read the complete press release about the new members to the IOM. Visit UCLA’s website to learn more about Prof. Wang and his research.  

IADR/AADR Publish Study on Dental Caries Vaccine

In a report on a preclinical investigation titled “Flagellin Enhances Saliva IgA Response and Protection of Anti-caries DNA Vaccine,” lead author Wei Shi, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team of researchers demonstrate that anti-caries DNA vaccines, including pGJA-P/VAX, are promising for preventing dental caries.

In a report on a preclinical investigation titled “Flagellin Enhances Saliva IgA Response and Protection of Anti-caries DNA Vaccine,” lead author Wei Shi, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team of researchers demonstrate that anti-caries DNA vaccines, including pGJA-P/VAX, are promising for preventing dental caries. However, challenges remain because of the low immunogenicity of DNA vaccines. This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR).

In this study, Shi and team used recombinant flagellin protein derived from Salmonella as mucosal adjuvant for anti-caries DNA vaccine (pGJA-P/VAX) and analyzed the effects of Salmonella protein on the serum surface protein immunoglobulin G and saliva surface protein immunoglobulin A antibody responses, the colonization of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) on rodent teeth, and the formation of caries lesions. The results showed that Salmonella promoted the production of surface protein immunoglobulin G in serum and secretory immunoglobulin A in saliva of animals by intranasal immunization with pGJA-P/VAX plus Salmonella.

Furthermore, Shi found that enhanced surface protein immunoglobulin A responses in saliva were associated with inhibition of S. mutans colonization of tooth surfaces and endowed better protection with significant less carious lesions. In conclusion, the study demonstrates that recombinant Salmonella could enhance specific immunoglobulin A responses in saliva and protective ability of pGJA-P/VAX, providing an effective mucosal adjuvant candidate for intranasal immunization of an anti-caries DNA vaccine.

Daniel Smith, The Forsyth Institute, wrote a corresponding perspective article in response to the Shi et al report titled “Prospects in Caries Vaccine Development.” In it, he states that DNA vaccine approaches for dental caries have had a history of success in animal models. Dental caries vaccines, directed to key components of S. mutans colonization and enhanced by safe and effective adjuvants and optimal delivery vehicles, are likely to be forthcoming.

“These papers highlight the exciting potential of using vaccines to protect against dental caries,” said JDR Editor-in-Chief (and AADR member) William Giannobile. “This research is promising and provides optimism to help promote public health of caries-susceptible individuals.”  

Visit http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/early/recent for links to the complete articles.

AADR Strides in Science

This month, Charles Hildebolt, D.D.S., M.A., Ph.D., was interviewed for the Strides in Science. Read more to learn about his research accomplishments and how AADR has been instrumental in his career success. The AADR Strides in Science, which is a feature highlighting an AADR member’s accomplishments and comments on how his/her involvement with the AADR has been an important part of his/her career in research. To nominate someone, send an e-mail to scienceadvocate@aadronline.org.

Charles Hildebolt, D.D.S., M.A., Ph.D., is a professor of radiology at Washington University School of Medicine, an adjunct professor of anthropology at Washington University and an adjunct clinical associate professor at Saint Louis University Center of Advanced Dental Education. In addition, he is biostatistical consultant for Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

He earned his B.S. (1966) and D.D.S. (1970) from The Ohio State University, and his M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) from Washington University. From 1970-1973, Hildebolt served as a United States Army staff dentist, captain and director of the oral surgery clinic. Prior to entering the field of research, he had a private dental practice in Dayton, Ohio from 1974-1983.

Hildebolt’s long-term research goal is to identify treatments that minimize oral bone loss. To achieve this goal, he is investigating new methods for using digital dental radiographic images to obtain oral bone mass measurements. He intends to use these methods for osteoporotic risk assessment, treatment monitoring, and research. With methods that he and his colleagues have developed, they have found that oral bone loss is associated with femoral and vertebral bone loss and that estrogen and/or vitamin D and calcium can reduce this bone loss. He and his colleagues are currently investigating the extent to which increased intakes of vitamin D and calcium improve oral health in adults. In addition to this research, Hildebolt serves as the biostatistician for two NIH-funded projects: R01 HL70037, Quantification of Lung Ventilation and Structure by 3He MR; and 1R01NS055963-01A2, Quantitative Bold Contrast in Health and Disease.

Hildebolt has been an active AADR member since 1986 and has participated on several committees. Since 2004, he has served as the secretary/treasurer of the IADR Diagnostic Systems Scientific Group. 

What motivated you to enter the research field?
In college, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do. I took a lot of chemistry and physics courses, which I enjoyed. I also took a lot of microbiology courses because that was my major. I was thinking about entering the field of medicine but I always enjoyed doing things with my hands. Dentistry seemed to be a close match to medicine and it would allow me to work with my hands, but I never really thought about sitting at a dental chair day in and day out. I had a dental practice for nine years and I got tired of the routine. I wanted more adventure in my life, which led me to go back to school for an M.A. and Ph.D. in physical anthropology. There was a radiologist on my dissertation committee and before I finished my Ph.D. thesis, I was offered a full-time job in radiology. My plan was to do it for a year or two—that was nearly 25 years ago. At that time there was a dental school here at Washington University and I ended up having a joint appointment at the dental school and the medical school in radiology. In 1992 they closed the dental school and radiology picked up my tenure track and I continued in the radiology field. 

How did you first get involved with AADR?
I joined AADR as a graduate student. Before I joined, I wanted to present my thesis research and one of my dissertation committee members, who was a member of AADR, suggested that I present material at the AADR Annual Meeting. That was a great suggestion. I think that being a member of AADR and participating in the meetings—particularly for students and young researchers—is outstanding. At least for me, I was able to not only meet the people who were reviewing manuscripts but also people who were editors of journals. I was also able to meet people who were reviewing my grants and in time, I started reviewing grants and I had editorial responsibilities. Some of the same people I had originally met at my first AADR meeting are now friends of mine. I see them often and we get to collaborate and exchange ideas. AADR has been good for me and it has given back more than I have put into it.

How important do you think cross-collaboration with other scientific disciplines is to the future of dental, oral and craniofacial research?
I think it’s really important. I can’t speak for other people but I know I wouldn’t be able to complete my work without collaborating with others. I think it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be a jack of all trades and it just doesn’t work. I do a lot of collaborating with a colleague of mine who is in internal medicine. I’m in radiology so I have access to a lot of tools that we can use in research, and craniofacial morphology and genetics. My colleague doesn’t have access to those tools and I’m not an expert in his field, which is why it’s important for us to cross-collaborate so that we can both achieve our research goals. 

Where do you feel the research community would be without AADR’s advocacy efforts?
I think the community would be a lot smaller. In today’s political climate, these Congressional representatives have to make very hard decisions and be very selective in government funding and operations that are supported. This is why it’s important for AADR and AADR members to communicate with their Congressional representatives and educate them about the value of our research. I’m confident that without the advocacy, we wouldn’t have as much of the support for dental, oral and craniofacial research that we have today.

What are you doing to support AADR in its advocacy efforts?
I joined AADR Advocates in support of dental, oral and craniofacial research in general. I benefit from this because I do dental and craniofacial research. If we as researchers don’t become AADR Advocates and help AADR, who will advocate for us? Most of these Congressional representatives are not scientists and they won’t know what craniofacial research is and why it’s important unless we explain it to them. I use the messaging tool in the AADR Legislative Action Center to communicate with my Congressional representatives, and I customize my messages to make them more personal. I do get responses from them and some of the responses are more personal. It takes seconds to do and there’s no reason for me to not help out.

2012 Awards and Fellowships

Apply for the AADR Bloc Travel Grant or the AADR Student Research Fellowship when submitting your abstract for the 90th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
January 13, 2012, is the deadline.

Apply for the following award when submitting your abstract for the 90th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

Deadline: January 13, 2012

AADR Bloc Travel Grant
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has received a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to support travel for dental students to the 90th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20-23, 2012 for presentation of scientific papers on dental research. If granted, qualified individuals will be selected to receive funds on the basis of the quality of an abstract accepted for presentation at the Meeting. The deadline for applications and abstract submission is January 13, 2012.

Call for Applications!
AADR Student Research Fellowship - $2,700
These Fellowships have been created to encourage dental students living in the United States to consider careers in oral health research.  Proposals are sought in basic and clinical research related to oral health. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2012.

Please click here to view deadlines for IADR and AADR 2012 Awards and Fellowships, or contact Sheri S. Herren, institutional liaison, grants and awards manager, at sherren@aadronline.org, for more information.

Transformative Research Award Program

NIH welcomes proposals for the NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01). The awards provide support for individual scientists or collaborative investigative teams who propose exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research, which, if successful, would have a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. To be considered transformative, projects must have the potential to create or overturn fundamental scientific paradigms through the use of novel approaches, or lead to major improvements in health through the development of highly innovative therapies, diagnostic tools or preventive strategies.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $25 million in FY 2012 for this initiative. Up to one-third of this budget will be reserved for projects exceeding $1 million dollars in direct costs per year.  Letters of intent are due by December 12, 2011; applications are due by January 12, 2012:

More information is available at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-006.html 
http://commonfund.nih.gov/TRA/index.aspx

NIH welcomes proposals for the NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01). The awards provide support for individual scientists or collaborative investigative teams who propose exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research, which, if successful, would have a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. To be considered transformative, projects must have the potential to create or overturn fundamental scientific paradigms through the use of novel approaches, or lead to major improvements in health through the development of highly innovative therapies, diagnostic tools or preventive strategies.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $25 million in FY 2012 for this initiative. Up to one-third of this budget will be reserved for projects exceeding $1 million dollars in direct costs per year.  Letters of intent are due by December 12, 2011; applications are due by January 12, 2012:

More information is available at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-006.html 
http://commonfund.nih.gov/TRA/index.aspx

NIH Funding Announcements

The Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social, and Behavioral Research (R03) program announcement and two related announcements (R01, PA-11-180; R21, PA-11-181) comprise the fourth set in a series of consecutive FOAs published by NIH since 1999 to encourage research on ethical issues related to the conduct of biomedical, social and behavioral research within the NIH mission. 

The Research on Ethical Issues in Biomedical, Social, and Behavioral Research (R03) program announcement and two related announcements (R01, PA-11-180; R21, PA-11-181) comprise the fourth set in a series of consecutive FOAs published by NIH since 1999 to encourage research on ethical issues related to the conduct of biomedical, social and behavioral research within the NIH mission. The prior FOA’s in this series focused specifically on ethical issues related to the conduct of human subjects research. This set of announcements broadens that focus to include ethical issues related to new and emerging biomedical technologies.

With continuing advances in biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences and technologies and the diversification and expansion of research settings and subjects, researchers face evolving bioethical challenges related to the conduct of research, the management of related data and information, and the application of findings. For example, the NIH has a vested interest in promoting research at the cutting edge of science and technology which has potential benefits, yet risks may be unknown and ethical guidance may be lacking. Research is needed to anticipate the evolution of bioethical issues, to ensure NIH supported research is conducted in the most ethical manner possible, and to inform policy discussions that may emerge from NIH-supported research.

The NIH is in the process of developing an agency-wide strategic plan for bioethics research and training which will be used to formulate future funding opportunity announcements and guide investments over the next 5-10 years. As part of the planning process, NIH is assessing priority areas for the support of bioethics research. Future issuances of this FOA may include changes to reflect the outcomes of this assessment.

Visit the NIH website for more information and to apply.

Free Training in Dental Informatics (MS/PhD/postdoctoral positions)

The Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking applicants for its NIDCR/NLM-funded training program in dental informatics (M.S., Ph.D. or postdoctoral). A

The Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking applicants for its NIDCR/NLM-funded training program in dental informatics (M.S., Ph.D. or postdoctoral). At the Center for Dental Informatics, you can get training in a cutting-edge discipline and conduct innovative research on:

- Electronic dental records,
- Decision support,
- Human-computer interaction,
- Reuse of clinical data for research,
- Evidence-based dentistry, and
- Teledentistry.

Getting training in a variety of aspects on informatics opens up unique career opportunities, such as in software development, information technology management, academic teaching and research, and consulting.

The Center is currently recruiting applicants at the certificate, M.S., Ph.D. and postdoctoral levels. The program is highly multidisciplinary and is open to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, such as information science/computer science, dentistry, medicine, information technology or related fields.

Financial support, in the form of a full scholarship, a stipend, health insurance and more from the National Institutes of Health is available to eligible individuals. Applications are accepted immediately. Program start is August 2012.

For more information, please visit: http://di.dental.pitt.edu/postgrad.php.

AAMC Calls for Proposals for Oral Health in Medicine Model Curriculum

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has announced a call for proposals for instructional resources to help develop a model curriculum for oral health in medicine.

Available through MedEdPORTAL, the association’s peer-reviewed educational resource and publication service in collaboration with the American Dental Education Association, the resources are intended to help educators incorporate oral health practices into general health care and disease-prevention services. Accepted applicants also will receive a $2,000 award and travel support to attend a one-day training workshop on educational scholarship in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2011.

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has announced a call for proposals for instructional resources to help develop a model curriculum for oral health in medicine.

Available through MedEdPORTAL, the association’s peer-reviewed educational resource and publication service in collaboration with the American Dental Education Association, the resources are intended to help educators incorporate oral health practices into general health care and disease-prevention services. Accepted applicants also will receive a $2,000 award and travel support to attend a one-day training workshop on educational scholarship in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2011.

Immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS-related Oral Manifestations and Host Immunity (R01 and R21)

The NIH NIDCR has released two funding announcements for immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS-related Oral Manifestations and Host Immunity.

Information about the R01Grant
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the NIDCR encourages R01 research projects that propose studies to translate new scientific insights about HIV infection, oral pathogen co-infections (viruses, bacteria and fungi) and AIDS-related oral opportunistic infections (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) into better understanding of the immunopathogenesis of these infectious agents to guide translational research focused on the development of novel, oral mucosal prophylactic HIV vaccines as well as therapeutic strategies against HIV, oral co-infections and oral opportunistic infections. December 7, 2011, is the open date to submit applications. Visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-334.html for more information.

Information about the R21Grant
This FOA issued by the NIDCR encourages Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant applications that propose studies to translate new scientific insights about HIV infection, oral pathogen co-infections (viruses, bacteria and fungi) and AIDS-related oral opportunistic infections (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) into better understanding of the immunopathogenesis of these infectious agents to guide translational research focused on the development of novel, oral mucosal prophylactic HIV vaccines as well as therapeutic strategies against HIV, oral co-infections and oral opportunistic infections. The R21 mechanism intends to support early stages of high risk-high impact research that may lead to breaking new ground or extending previous discoveries. December 7, 2011, is the open date to submit applications. Visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-333.html for more information.

NIH Launches Medical Research Scholars Program

A new Medical Research Scholars Program for medical and dental students will begin in September 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. The year-long program will offer research experiences with intramural investigators from across NIH in basic science laboratories, and in clinical and translational research conducted at the NIH Clinical Center.

A new Medical Research Scholars Program for medical and dental students will begin in September 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. The year-long program will offer research experiences with intramural investigators from across NIH in basic science laboratories, and in clinical and translational research conducted at the NIH Clinical Center.

The program is made possible through a partnership with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health supported by a grant from Pfizer Inc and contributions from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Program applications will be accepted through mid-January 2012. About 40 students are expected to be admitted during the program's first year. The goal is to accept up to 70 students as the program grows. Support for selected students will include a stipend and resources for education enrichment, such as travel to scientific meetings. Additional details are available at www.cc.nih.gov/training/mrsp/index.html.

Register to Attend the 2012 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting

Registration is open to attend the 41st Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the AADR. This meeting will take place in Tampa, Florida, USA, March 21-24, 2012, and will be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Meeting of the CADR. Visit www.aadronline.org/aaam for the latest news and updates.

Registration is open to attend the 41st Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the AADR. This meeting will take place in Tampa, Florida, USA, March 21-24, 2012, and will be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Meeting of the CADR. Visit www.aadronline.org/aaam for the latest news and updates.

Following is the Distinguished Lecture Series lineup:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
John S. Greenspan
2010 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award Recipient
University of California, San Francisco, USA
“HIV/AIDS: The Task Continues”

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Martha J. Somerman
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md., USA
“Personalized Health Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Dentistry”

Friday, March 23, 2012
Anthony Atala
Newly Elected Member of the Institute of Medicine
Wake Forest University Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Winston-Salem, N.C., USA
“Regenerative Medicine and Organ Replacement Therapy”

Continue to visit www.aadronline.org/aaam for the latest news and updates, and to register for this important scientific meeting.

2012 Clinical Research AADR Satellite Symposium
Again next year, in collaboration with the 2012 AADR Annual Meeting, the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research will be offering a 2.5 day course in clinical research as a satellite symposium.

The course will be held on March 19-21, 2012. Details may be found at www.taskforceondesign.org/courses.php. This 2½ day course will provide an overview of clinical research for dental faculty and government / industry employees. Attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants.

Topics include:
- Clinical Research Design
- IRB, Good Clinical Practice, Ethical Issues
- FDA Regulations
- Day to day operation and management of clinical research
- Fundamentals of data management and statistical analysis
- Publication of results
- Identifying NIH and Industry Funding Opportunities
- Training Opportunities in Clinical Research

Registration fees are $350 for academic and government employees and $1,000 for employees of companies that are not Task Force Sponsors. Registration is complimentary for employees of Task Force industry sponsors. Register by contacting Bruce Pihlstrom at bpihls@verizon.net. Registration for this AADR satellite symposium is separate from and DOES NOT include access to the AADR Annual Meeting.

10th Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Spirochetes

The preliminary program and instructions for application for the 10th Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Spirochetes have been posted to the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) website.

The preliminary program and instructions for application for the 10th Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Spirochetes have been posted to the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) website. The 2012 Spirochete GRC will take place January 22-27, 2012 in Ventura, California. The meeting will cover the breadth of spirochete research, including established and early career investigators studying leptospira, treponema, borrelia and other significant spirochetes.

Visit the GRC’s website for more information and for instructions on submitting an application.

New Research Opportunities Available at the IADR/AADR Online Career Center

Visit the IADR/AADR Online Career Center to view the latest research opportunities available. The Online Career Center helps connect IADR and AADR members with new employment opportunities.

 

The Science Advocate is a monthly e-newsletter for AADR members. If you have items you would like to include, please forward them to scienceadvocate@aadronline.org by November 21, for the December issue. Click here to subscribe to the mobile version on the Science Advocate.

Visit the IADR/AADR Online Career Center to view the latest research opportunities available. The Online Career Center helps connect IADR and AADR members with new employment opportunities. If you are looking for an opportunity or have one to share with AADR members, visit the Online Career Center at http://careers.dentalresearch.org.

 

The Science Advocate is a monthly e-newsletter for AADR members. If you have items you would like to include, please forward them to scienceadvocate@aadronline.org by November 21, for the December issue. Click here to subscribe to the mobile version on the Science Advocate.