Science and Dental Research
As a science-driven organization, the ADA works closely with lawmakers, dental schools, scientific organizations, and others to ensure federal research agencies are well funded, their research investments reflect the needs of the dental profession, and the knowledge gained advances the oral health of the American public.
The ADA is calling on lawmakers to support policies that appropriately:
- Identify critical issues needing scientific exploration.
- Support opportunities for the dental research community.
- Maintain and adequate supply of well-trained dental researchers.
- Facilitate the open exchange of scholarly research.
- Maintain the integrity of the peer-review process.
- Fund and maintain the Institute-level status of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
The Association's priorities are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
Letters and Testimony
Letters and Testimony reflect the Association's position(s) on specific bills, regulations, and other policy issues, and are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
- June 25, 2015—Comments (PDF) on the Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research National Nutrition Research Roadmap 2015-2020.
- May 8, 2015—Comments (PDF) on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
April 29, 2015—Testimony (PDF) urging a House Appropriations Committee panel to support funding for research on the relationship between diet, nutrition, and oral health.
- September 16, 2014—Letter (PDF) commenting on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) proposed research initiatives for fiscal year 2016.
- January 30, 2014—Letter (PDF) commenting on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) draft strategic plan to guide the Institute's research efforts from 2014-2019.
- September 6, 2013—Letter (PDF) offering initial input on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) draft strategic plan to guide the Institute's research efforts from 2014-2019.
- August 3, 2012—Letter (PDF) commenting on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft research plan for the prevention of dental caries in preschool-aged children.
- July 3, 2012—Letter (PDF) commenting on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request for information about the clinical development and use of sedation products in adult and pediatric age groups.
- January 12, 2012—Coalition letter (PDF) commenting on the White House Office of Scientific and Technology Policy request for information about open access to scholarly publications.
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