AADR Selects Indiana University School of Dentistry Student for Gert Quigley Fellowship

J Evans HeadshotAADR is pleased to announce the selection of Joshua Evans from Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) as the 2015-16 Gert Quigley Fellow. Evans is a third year dental student and in 2013 & 2014 was awarded a Student Research Fellowship from IUSD. The most recent fellowship was for a  research project within the field of regenerative endodontics. He recently received the second place award in the AADR Student Research Group DENTSPLY/Caulk competition and an AADR fellowship for his future research with regenerative endodontics. In 2011, Evans received his B.S. in chemistry from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. Evans has a keen interest in advocacy and stated, “I now realize that the future of dentistry and the methods that are used to treat patients all start from a research base.  In my opinion the three biggest issues concerning research and the government are: receiving more money for the NIDCR to help get future projects funded; implementing more evidence based dentistry into practice; and helping get students more interested and involved in research.”

The Gert Quigley Public Policy Fellowship provides a unique 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. Applications for the 2016-17 Gert Quigley Public Policy Fellowship will be available in March 2016.




HHS Issues Final Recommendation for Water Fluoridation

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released the final Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. The new recommendation is for a single level of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. It updates and replaces the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter) issued in 1962.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “The change was recommended because Americans now have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses, than they did when water fluoridation was first introduced in the United States. As a result, there has been an increase in fluorosis, which, in most cases, manifests as barely visible lacy white marking or spots on the tooth enamel. The new recommended level will maintain the protective decay prevention benefits of water fluoridation and reduce the occurrence of dental fluorosis.”

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AADR and ADEA Members on Capitol Hill: Advocacy Day Recap

By Carolyn Mullen and Nick Cavarocchi Jr.

AADR/ADEA 2015 Advocacy Day On April 14, 2015, oral health scientists, educators and students from throughout the country participated in the 2015 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill cosponsored by the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).  The purpose of the advocacy day was to persuade Congress to increase funding for oral health research and education by highlighting the economic impact, importance, and promise of the research supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  “We all have our own story,” said AADR President Paul Krebsbach, DDS, PhD, Professor of Dentistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan.  “We’re the best stewards for information. Members of Congress value and listen to their constituents, which is why we are here today.”

With record levels of participation, our members conducted over 70 meetings with members of Congress. During these meetings they urged Congress to provide $32 billion for NIH, $425 million for NIDCR and $35 million for the primary care training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII Health Professions Program in the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Bill.

Also, to amplify our message on Capitol Hill, AADR issued an action alert which enabled individuals to participate virtually in our Advocacy Day. To date, AADR advocates sent over 90 emails to members of Congress.

AADR/ADEA 2015 Advocacy DayPrior to advocating on behalf of oral health research and education, our members attended a morning briefing session in the Rayburn House Office Building.  Importantly, all three dentists who are members of Congress, Representatives Simpson, R-Idaho; Gosar, R-Ariz., and Babin, R-Texas., briefed and welcomed the participants.  In particular, Rep. Simpson emphasized the importance of biomedical research and recognized that Congress needs to get control of the debt otherwise there will not be any additional money for the National Institutes of Health.  Representative G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. whose father was a dentist also brought greetings to our members. Dr. Martha Somerman, director of NIDCR and Dr. Renee Joskow, senior dental advisor at HRSA, also provided an update about initiatives and priorities at their respective agencies.

Katie Schubert, vice president at CRD Associates, provided an overview of the fiscal landscape and encouraged participants to actively engage with members of Congress. She stated, “We are living in a changing world of advocacy and we need discuss the importance of these programs and be engaged at the front end of this process.”

Reports from Advocacy Day participants indicated that Congress is generally supportive of increasing funding for NIH and appreciated the additional information about NIDCR and the grants it supports in the policymaker’s state.

The AADR Government Affairs team invites all members of the dental research and education community to engage their elected officials regularly, but at least on an annual basis through the Advocacy Day program, to communicate the importance of dental, oral and craniofacial research. If you would like to become more involved with AADR’s advocacy efforts please contact Carolyn Mullen, director of government affairs, and contact your elected representatives through the online AADR Legislative Action Center.AADR/ADEA 2015 Advocacy Day

AADR/ADEA 2015 Advocacy Day

AADR Submits Testimony Urging Congress to Increase Funding for NIH and NIDCR

Today, AADR President Dr. Paul Krebsbach submitted written testimony on behalf of AADR urging Congress to provide at least $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $425 million for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in the fiscal  year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation bill. The testimony highlighted the important contributions of dental, oral and craniofacial research and also acknowledged that the current austerity frame is unworkable and insufficient to meet our nation’s health demands. Dr. Krebsbach strongly urged Congress to take the steps necessary to put an end to sequestration permanently, reinvest in America’s health and provide funding increases for NIH and NIDCR in fiscal year 2016.