AADR submits comments on NIDCR FY 2019 proposed research initiatives

AADR has provided input on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR’s) Proposed Research Initiatives for FY 2019. Each year, NIDCR solicits input from its stakeholders as the institute decides on which areas to focus research efforts for future fiscal years. The research themes outlined in the request for comment will be used to guide research initiatives for FY 2019 but do not fully capture the entire research portfolio of NIDCR. Instead these initiatives serve as research goals for the institute and can be further developed into funding opportunities. The proposed initiatives are:

  • Advancing Our Understanding of Enamel Development
  • Basic and Translational Research on HIV and AIDS-Related Pathogens in the Oral Cavity
  • Bioinformatics/Data Science Jumpstart for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases
  • Biological Factors Underlying Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Health Disparities
  • Biology of Aging in Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissues
  • Dental Practice-Based Research Networks
  • FaceBase 3 – Bioinformatics and Data Management Hub
  • Precision Imaging of Oral Lesions
  • Understanding Gene-Environment Interactions in Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases

In its letter to NIDCR Director, Dr. Martha J. Somerman, AADR strongly supported the proposed initiatives. AADR also urged NIDCR to incentivize collaboration between researchers and provided additional feedback on the proposed initiatives on enamel development, HIV/AIDS and precision imaging of oral lesions. To view the full comments, please click here.

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