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NIDCR Lays Out Strategic Five-Year Plan

February 21, 2014

The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research recently released its five-year plan. While the plan doesn’t touch on funding requirements, it does lay out where the director, Dr. Martha Somerman, and researchers expect to exert their energies. ADA President Dr. Charles Norman and Executive Director Kathleen O’Loughlin wrote to Dr. Somerman to express the Association’s support for the plan:

“We are particularly pleased with the attention given to bioengineering, genetic and environmentally determined molecular factors associated with disease, and other directions in transformative research,” they wrote. “We are also encouraged by the prospect of new research on the social, behavioral, and biological determinants of oral and dental disease.”

Drs. Norman and O’Loughlin noted that all major areas important to ADA members have been addressed in the draft strategic plan, including public health issues related to social, behavioral, and biological determinants of oral and dental disease.