President D’Souza Asks Congress to Bolster Research Investment

AADR President Rena D’Souza appeared before the House Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations today to give remarks on the FY13 budget. Dr. D’Souza gave a compelling justification for a stronger NIH/NIDCR budget in the coming year, mentioning advances in the prevention of tooth decay, detection and treatment of oral cancer as examples of the good that has been done; and the stagnant NIH budget as the primary obstacle to continued progress. Dr. D’Souza stated AADR support for a budget level of $32 billion for NIH, and $450 million for NIDCR in FY13. Immediately following Dr. D’Souza’s remarks, the subcommittee chairman Rep. Denny Rehberg (D-MT) remarked that the various associations present conveyed a consistent message on NIH appropriations.

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AADR will host Advocacy Day on Capitol (Cannon House Office Building, Room 122) on April 19th. The day will feature a key issues briefing from 9:45-11:45 a.m. (breakfast available at 9:30 a.m.). Participants will have the opportunity to hear from NIDCR leadership about what’s on their front-burner, as well as to receive remarks from Members of Congress. The afternoon will be left open for participants to meet with their Members of Congress. AADR staff is available to help set these meetings. If you have not already done so, e-mail Jonathan Nurse (jnurse@aadronline.org) today to indicate your participation in Advocacy Day. There is no cost for participation in the event.

The current budget climate in DC makes this an important year to reach out to your elected officials. We are pleased to announce Advocacy Day participation by individuals from the following institutions (as of March 26th):

Case Western Reserve University
Baylor University
Howard University
Nova Southeastern University
Tufts University
University at Buffalo
University of Colorado
University of Florida
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Nebraska
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Washington University
West Virginia University

House Letter Circulating in Support of NIH

Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter that asks the House Appropriations Committee to provide “at least $32 billion for NIH in FY 2013.” Contact the office of your Member of Congress via e-mail or phone to ask that they “Sign-on to the Markey-Bilbray letter on FY13 NIH funding.” You’ll also want to include some remarks on what NIH funding means to you, your institution, and the District. Congressional offices can sign-on to the letter by contacting Sara Schaumburg (Sara.Schaumburg@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Markey’s office, or Gary Kline (gary.kline@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Bilbray’s office. The deadline for Congressional offices to participate is March 14th, so make your contacts prior. Visit the AADR Action Center or the House website to find contact information for your Member.

Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship Application Period Open

The AADR is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012-13 Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship.

AADR Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship
Application Due Date: March 27, 2012
Materials submitted on your behalf (letter of recommendation, approval) are due by April 3, 2012.

Purpose
This public policy fellowship provides a unique learning experience both in Washington, DC and through grassroots efforts at the Fellow’s local university or institution. This fellowship is designed to familiarize dental school, Ph.D., or dual degree students with the federal legislative process as it relates to basic and translational dental and craniofacial research, as well as research on the oral health care delivery system.

Overview
The program will consist of the Fellow’s one-year appointment to the AADR Government Affairs Committee (GAC). As a full voting member of the AADR GAC, Fellows will assist with the formulation of Association policy as it relates to the federal budget and other legislative and regulatory activities important to dental research. The Fellow will be expected to spend 6-8 weeks at the AADR Global Headquarters in Alexandria, VA sometime between May-August, as the Fellow’s schedule allows, and to attend both the fall and spring AADR GAC meetings in Washington, DC. It is the hope of the AADR that the Fellow can bring a unique perspective on both policy and advocacy to the GAC, and to act as the liaison to the National Student Research Group (NSRG) in regard to government affairs. The Fellow’s responsibilities may include assisting with the drafting of policy, position papers, and testimony; educating members of Congress and federal agencies on matters of importance to dental research; and participating in various national coalition gatherings. The AADR Global Headquarters will offer the Fellow a stipend of $4,000 (for 8 weeks, pro-rated if less) to assist with housing expenses as a result of the summer requirement. The AADR will also cover travel expenses to the bi-annual AADR GAC meetings in Washington, DC, and any expenses for grassroots advocacy activities arranged by the Fellow and the GAC at the local level.

Eligibility
An applicant must:

  • be a member of the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG)
  • be a DMD/DDS, Ph.D. or dual degree student

Gert Quigley Fellowship Application

Interested students may complete an application and return to:

Jonathan Nurse
Director of Government Affairs
American Association for Dental Research
1619 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3406
Telephone: +1.703.299.8098
Fax: +1.703.548.1883 | E-mail: jnurse@aadronline.org