AADR Members Take to the Hill

Rep. Jack Kingston addresses Advocacy Day participants

Yesterday, oral health scientists and students participated in the 2013 AADR-ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Members of the associations joined to conduct 84 meetings in House and Senate offices, covering more than 20 states in the process. The participants carried a message of the need to replace the March 1st budget sequestration order and increase investments in biomedical research. More specifically, the group called on Members of Congress to support a Fiscal Year 2014 NIH appropriation of $32 billion. In recent weeks, the FY14 funding recommendation for NIH has been promoted by many health and research associations, as well as drawn bipartisan support in Congress. However, the figure remains a reach in the current budget environment.

During a morning briefing session that preceded Congressional visits, Rep Jack Kingston (R-GA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations expressed support for the important work carried out with federal investments in NIH. He also communicated a desire to see better prioritization of NIH grant investments, and told that group the he viewed the $32 billion figure as slightly out of reach in the coming year. Nonetheless, his presence and the totality of remarks given demonstrated a considerable interest in oral health and research.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) provided closing remarks during the morning session. He explained the need for a “Grand Bargain” on the budget, one that would get the deficit under control while making important investments in areas that grow the economy and are good for the public, such as biomedical research.

Initial reports from Advocacy Day participants indicated considerable support on both sides of the aisle for oral health research and education. Participants were encouraged to keep up their advocacy efforts, so that oral health remains a part of the budget dialogue in the months ahead.

Photo Index of the AADR-ADEA Advocacy Day

NIDCR PowerPoint Presentation

AADR Selects Univ. of Maryland Student for Gert Quigley Fellowship

UMD, School of Dentistry

AADR is pleased to announce that Sarah Uehara from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry has been selected to serve as the 2013-14 Gert Quigley Public Policy Fellow.

Sarah hails from Maui, Hawaii and graduated from Princeton University in 2009 with an AB in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After graduating, she worked as a Princeton Project 55 Public Health Fellow in New York City for a year. She then earned her Masters in Health Management Systems at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2012 before entering the Class of 2016 at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Continue reading

President’s FY14 Budget Proposes Flat Funding of NIH

Today, President Obama released his much anticipated budget request for Fiscal Year 2014. The President’s Budget Request (PBR) contained $31.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health or a 1.5% increase over the Fiscal Year 2012 level. The administration uses FY12 as a baseline, given that the FY13 budget was set at the FY12 level for the entire year. Reductions of roughly 5.1% will be taken from the FY12/FY13 budget level in most cases. The PBR largely ignores sequestration, as most numbers provided for FY13 are at the pre-sequestration level. In the administration’s funding plan, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is provided $411.5 million or 0.4% more than the FY12 level. The PBR states that it will support 9,400 new and competing grants, an increase of roughly 8%. The increase will be funded largely by reducing continuation awards by 1%, reducing inflationary increases to grants, and reducing the size of awards. Continue reading

Gert Quigley Public Policy Fellowship Deadline Extended

An initial review of applicants has begun. Students interested in applying should communicate an intent to apply to Jonathan Nurse, AADR Director of Government Affairs, as soon as possible.

Application Due Date: April 8, 2013

Application Form

Materials submitted on your behalf (letter of recommendation, approval) are due by April 5, 2013. Please note that a list of two references can be provided in lieu of a letter of recommendation.

Purpose- The public policy fellowship provides a unique learning experience both in Washington, DC and through grassroots efforts at the participant’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. Continue reading