Application Period Open for the Student Advocate of the Year Award

The application period is open for The Student Advocate of the Year Award. This award allows AADR, the NSRG and the AADR Government Affairs Committee to recognize a student for outstanding contributions in advocacy for oral health research. The recipient will receive travel and a one night hotel accommodation for participation in the 2016 AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill program. Students may nominate him/herself or be nominated by another AADR member. To apply, visit the AADR website, complete the application form and brief essay questions by January 11, 2016.

Questions about this award may be directed to AADR Director of Government Affairs Carolyn Mullen at


Dental Organizations Urge Congress to Increase Funding for Oral Health Programs

Last week, the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) sent  letters to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittees urging them to provide modest programmatic increases to allow more Americans to have access to better oral health care.  The letter included a chart of funding priorities for oral health research and programs, including a request for Congress to provide $415.1 million for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in the final fiscal year 2016 appropriation bill.

Dental Organizations Support House Fluoridation Resolution

This month AADR signed onto a letter spearheaded by the American Dental Association and co-signed by 20 dental organizations  calling on Congress to co-sponsor H.Res. 416. This resolution was introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson, DDS (R-ID) and commemorates the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation. This resolution also acknowledges the effectiveness of water fluoridation in reducing dental decay by at least 25 percent in children and adults. While this resolution does not have the force of law, it is vitally important that Congress approves H.Res. 416 recognizing the importance of water fluoridation as one of the great public health initiatives.

To help amplify our voice in Washington, DC click here to send an email to your member of Congress and urge him/her to cosponsor this important bill.