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Endowed fellowship supports women researchers

May 09, 2016 Alexandria, Va. — A fellowship that supports women researchers has become the first endowed American Association of Dental Research fellowship, and the application period is open, the AADR announced in May.

The AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship, named after Dr. Haffajee's contributions to clinical research in periodontology and oral biology, is the first endowed AADR fellowship thanks to "generous donors and the AADR Board of Directors, which is matching donations to fund the endowment at $250,000 allowing for at least one fellowship of $10,000 to be granted annually," the AADR said in a news release.

Dr. Haffajee, who died August 2013 after a cancer diagnosis, focused on clinical and translational periodontology research for the improvement of oral health for more than 30 years. Her mentee and friend Dr. Flavia Teles created the fellowship, for which an endowment was started with a gift from Dr. Haffajee's husband, Charles Haffajee, M.D.

The fellowship is open to women members of AADR who are within 10 years of their final professional degree; have demonstrated a commitment to a research career in oral biology; hold a D.M.D./D.D.S./Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree; and hold an appointment at the postdoctoral, instructor or assistant professor level or equivalent at a research/academic institution.

Applications are due October 13. More information is available at www.aadr.org/aadrawards.