Dental Informatics Traineeship

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 (MS, PhD or postdoc). Help invent the future! Tuition scholarship/stipend available to eligible individuals. Program starts in 8/2012.

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NIH RFI: Partnerships Between Extramural and Intramural Investigators Using the NIH Clinical Center

The National Institutes of Health (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 for potential inclusion in the AADR response to the RFI. Responses are due to AADR by November 17th and to NIH by December 1st.

Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-005

The NIH Clinical Center (CC) seeks input from extramural scientists to identify potential opportunities for proposals involving use of the CC, in collaboration with the NIH intramural community, to enhance translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications that improve health. Information is sought on potential paradigms for collaborative partnerships, not necessarily on specific projects. Continue reading

NIH Grant Success Rate Continues to Fall in FY11

The Scientist captures the latest numbers on an alarming trend, the decline of the NIH grant proposal success rate, down to 17.4% for the fiscal year (2011) that just concluded. The situation will worsen if the FY12 appropriations process results in another reduction to NIH funding -as seen in the Senate’s recent draft of a spending bill. Read the full article.

House Sign-on Letter in Support of NIH

As widely reported, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations has proposed a $1 billion FY12 increase (to $31.8 billion) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) -$10.8 million (to $420.4 million) increase for NIDCR. However, the increase comes at the expense of many other components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) -such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). AADR asks that members of the oral health community call on Congress to support the House increase for NIH, as well as HHS more broadly.

Congressmen Ed Markey (D-MA) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) are circulating a congressional sign-on letter (below) in support of the $1 billion FY12 increase provided in the House bill for NIH. The letter, addressed to appropriators, also states that NIH support should not come at the expense of other programs that supplement the work of the NIH, such as CDC or other medical research and surveillance programs.

Please reach out to your Members of the House to encourage them to sign the Markey-Bilbray letter on NIH. You may advise your House offices to contact Sara Schaumburg in Representative Markey’s office at by the close of business on Wednesday, Oct. 26th if they wish to support the effort.

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From the Hill: House Majority Leader Calls for Research Investments

Speaking before a group of university officials and CEOs last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) called on Congress to continue investing in research and grant more visas to highly educated individuals who come to the United States to attend school and are then faced without options to put their talent to use within the nation. An unofficial transcript from Bloomberg News captures Cantor’s comments:


“I don’t think there’s any question, we ought to put a priority on research in this country. Washington does a lot of things that perhaps we ought to reexamine and [decide] it ought not be doing anymore, but one that I think the country expects is leadership in research, because it has a huge leverage effect in our quality of life, in what we can do in productivity.”

Workforce and Immigration-

“Well, also part of the House majority job creators’ agenda is an attempt to address the antiquated visa laws in this country and I think, as you point out, as did Dr. Faust, we have an alarming rate of — of exodus, if you will, of foreign nationals in this country who come here to attend your universities and then find it too difficult to stay here and, given the rise in the standard of living elsewhere, can just as easily go home.

I do still think that America is the beacon of freedom and opportunity. We could very easily lose that if we don’t get back on our game. So we intend to try and address that and to make it easier for the folks who are in our graduate programs, especially in the STEM areas, to stay, because they’re the innovators, they’re the ones who can create jobs and who can ultimately, I think, remain here so we can see innovation and growth return. But right now it’s entirely too difficult, and you ask me what the attitude is in the general public and members of Congress — I think that there is a general sense that that’s what we want to do.”

Let your Members of Congress know that you support Leader Cantor’s sentiments on research, visit the AADR Action Center.

HHS Seeking Input on Multi-Payor Claims Database Project

AADR will provide a response to the recent Department of Health and Human Services request for public comment on the Multi-Payor Claims Database (MPCD) project. HHS is specifically asking for comment on the quality and utility of the information being collected and the techniques utilized. Members of the AADR community are invited to provide input for consideration when developing the AADR submission. Input for the AADR should be e-mailed to by November 1st.

Abstract: The Multi-Payer Claims Database(MPCD) project is one of a number of initiatives related to comparative effectiveness research (CER) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Act provided $1.1 billion to build the necessary infrastructure and capacity to support CER. Approximately 25% of the $400 million allocated to the Office of the Secretary for Health and Human Services went towards data infrastructure projects such as the MPCD. Within HHS, the Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) was tasked with managing the MPCD project in partnership with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Continue reading

White House to Develop Bioeconomy Plan

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has released a Request for Information (RFI) intended to generate input from interested individuals and organizations on “harnessing biological research innovations to meet national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment while creating high-wage, high-skill jobs.” AADR will provide a response on behalf of the organization, but urges the oral health community to both provide input to its Government Affairs Department as well as directly to OSTP.

Comments for the AADR submission can be submitted to by November 21st. Comments to OSTP must be submitted by December 6th to

Input provided will be utilized by OSTP to develop a National Bioeconomy Blueprint.


PCORI Funding Announcement: Pilot Projects Grants

Purpose: The purpose of the PCORI Pilot Projects Grant Program is threefold. First, the applications themselves will assist PCORI with ongoing development and enhancement of national research priorities for patient-centered outcomes research. Applicants will be expected to establish the significance of the proposed research and build a case for why it should be considered a guiding question for PCORI. Second, the PCORI Pilot Projects Grant Program will support the collection of preliminary data that can be used to advance the field of patient-centered outcomes research, providing the platform for a future PCORI research agenda. Third, the PCORI Pilot Projects Grant Program will support the identification of methodologies that can be used to advance patient-centered outcomes research as well as identify gaps where methodological research needs further development. Continue reading

Federal Government Remains Open

**Update 10/5** A second stopgap spending measure has been approved by Congress and the President. The government will operate at FY11 levels minus 1.503% until November 18th. It is hoped that Congress will pass permanent spending measures for FY12 by that date.

Happy FY12! The new fiscal year began on Saturday and federal agencies still have the authority to spend, despite the fact that Congress has not approved permanent spending bills for the year. Late last week, the House and Senate agreed on a temporary spending measure (known as a continuing resolution or CR) that will fund government operations until October 4th, a second CR is expected to be approved and will likely last until mid-November. Both measures are intended to give Congress additional time to pass a permanent spending plan. At this point, it appears that the CRs will keep government operating at the FY11 level minus 1.409% -the ceiling agreed to in the August deficit reduction deal.