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ADAF hosts research conference for dental students

Annual event strives to get more students involved in research

Gaithersburg, Md.—The ADA Foundation hosted the 47th Annual Dental Students’ Conference on Research May 15-17 at the ADAF Paffenbarger Research Center.

Image: New ideas: Joseph Crepps presents during the 47th Annual Dental Students’ Conference on Research.
New ideas: Joseph Crepps, a student at the University of Colorado Denver dental school, presents during the 47th Annual Dental Students’ Conference on Research.
The annual spring event attracts students from more than 50 dental schools in the U.S. and Canada and introduces them to scientists from the ADA, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, PRC and industry.

In addition to getting to know dental scientists, the students learn about career opportunities in oral health research and participate in poster presentations. The conference participants also visited some of the PRC laboratories on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and held discussions with senior scientists to learn about current research at PRC.

“It’s really exciting to learn what these future scientists, educators and practitioners are thinking,” said Dr. David Whiston, ADAF president. “With its PRC-association, the conference is a terrific crucible for ideas that will help move the profession forward.”

Added Dr. Michael P. Rethman, ADAF vice president of scientific research, “This conference is aimed at interesting and involving more students in oral research. Today’s students are the scientists and clinicians of tomorrow. They and their patients will depend on robust oral research efforts in the future.”

The conference was sponsored by the ADA Foundation and supported by a grant from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products.

Image: Students from more than 50 dental schools gather at the ADA Foundation Paffenbarger Research Center
Future of dental research: Students from more than 50 dental schools gather May 15 at the ADA Foundation Paffenbarger Research Center during the 47th Annual Dental Students’ Conference.