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ADA, Other Groups Ask Senate to Fund Military Dental Research

June 02, 2016

The American Dental Association joined with 129 other health care professional groups, patient advocacy organizations and universities in asking the Senate to strike language from the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2943) that would severely restrict medical research at the Department of Defense.

Language in S. 2943 would narrow even further the criteria that medical research must meet in order to receive DoD funding. This tightening of requirements would unnecessarily restrict necessary research, according to the health and academic organizations that signed a letter sent to all 100 senators.“Defense health research grants undergo rigorous merit review from both scientific and consumer review panels,” the groups wrote, “and are awarded competitively based in large part on their innovative qualities as well as scientific merit and relevance to the U.S. military."

View the full letter to the senators.