Student Advocate of the Year Winner Announced

Adrien Hamedi-Sangsari

AADR is pleased to announce that Adrien Hamedi-Sangsari, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry is the recipient of the 2014 AADR Student Advocate of the Year Award. In a letter of congratulations, Dr. David Johnsen, Chair of the AADR Government Affairs Committee indicated his appreciation for Adrien’s tireless advocacy on behalf of dental, oral, and craniofacial research especially in during this challenging budget climate. Last year, as President Elect of the UCLA National Student Research Group, Adrien encouraged UCLA students to respond to action alerts and participated in the 2013 AADR/ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Most notably, during the August congressional recess Adrien took the initiative and met with Congressmen from the California delegation including Rep. Waxman (D), Rep. Bass (D) and Rep. Sherman (D).  These meetings enabled him to discuss the groundbreaking research at UCLA and the importance of increasing funding for biomedical research.

As a recipient of this award, Adrien will receive travel and a one night accommodation to attend the April 8, 2014 AADR/ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

To learn more about the Student Advocate of the Year Award and other opportunities to become more involved with advocacy please contact the AADR Director of Government Affairs Carolyn Mullen cmullen@aadr.org

Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship Application Period OPEN

The AADR is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship. The Gert Quigley Public Policy Fellowship provides a unique and exciting learning experience both in Washington, DC and through grassroots efforts at the participants 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. The applicant must be a member of the AADR National Student Research Group and a DMD/DDS, Ph.D. or a dual degree student.

Click here for more information about the program and the application process.

Applications are due by March 29, 2014.

IADR/AADR Comment on the NIDCR Draft Strategic Plan

Today, the IADR/AADR submitted feedback to the 2014-2019 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Draft Strategic Plan.  IADR/AADR applauded the efforts of NIDCR for the development of a comprehensive Strategic Plan and acknowledged that a number of our recommendations were weaved throughout the document.  We noted that it will be important to continue the NIDCR’s commitment to innovations in dental restorative materials. Finally, we were pleased that global aspects were included throughout the Strategic Plan as well as the “Oral Health Research across the Globe” stand-alone feature.