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Science & Dental Research

Overview

As a science-driven organization, the ADA works closely with lawmakers, dental schools, and other scientific organizations 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.  These efforts include:

  • Identifying critical issues needing scientific exploration;
  • Supporting opportunities for the dental research community;
  • Maintaining and adequate supply of well-trained dental researchers;
  • Facilitating the open exchange of scholarly research; and
  • Maintaining the integrity of the peer-review process.

The ADA also provides dentists, policymakers and the public with the latest scientific evidence and offers commentary on the development, safety and effectiveness of dental-related instruments, restorative materials, drugs and other professional and consumer products.

Letters & Testimony

  • September 16, 2014Letter (PDF) commenting on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR’s) proposed research initiatives for fiscal year 2016.
  • January 30, 2014Letter (PDF) commenting on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR’s) draft strategic plan to guide the Institute’s research efforts from 2014-2019.
  • September 6, 2013Letter (PDF) offering initial input for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR’s) draft strategic plan to guide the Institute’s research efforts from 2014-2019.
  • September 4, 2013Letter (PDF) commenting on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR’s) proposed research initiatives for fiscal year 2015.
  • June 6, 2013Coalition letter (PDF) commending Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah 4th) for introducing H.R. 2285, the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance Act.
  • August 10, 2012Letter (PDF) commenting on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR’s) proposed research initiatives for fiscal year 2014.
  • August 3, 2012Letter (PDF) commenting on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's draft research plan for the prevention of dental caries in preschool-aged children.
  • July 3, 2012Letter (PDF) commenting on the Food and Drug Administration request for information about the clinical development and use of sedation products in adult and pediatric age groups.
  • March 12, 2012Letter (PDF) commenting on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's draft research priorities and agenda.
  • March 5, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) urging the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to table or vote against S. 2096, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012.
  • March 5, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to table or vote against H.R. 4004, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012.
  • February 10, 2012Letter (PDF) urging the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to table or vote against S. 2096, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012.
  • February 10, 2012Letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to table or vote against H.R. 4004, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012.
  • January 19, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to mark up H.R. 3669, the Research Works Act, and forward it to the full House of Representatives with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • January 18, 2012Letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to mark up H.R. 3669, the Research Works Act, and forward it to the full House of Representatives with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • January 12, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) responding to the White House Office of Scientific and Technology Policy's request for information about open access to scholarly publications.

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