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Dental Groups Urge Congress to Boost Funding for NIDCR

September 26, 2016

The ADA today joined with 45 other organizations, including patient groups and dental schools, in urging Congress to increase funding for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The signatory organizations are part of Friends of NIDCR, and represent private stakeholders with an interest in maintaining high quality dental research at the National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s primary medical and health research agency.

In a letter to leaders of both parties on the relevant appropriations subcommittees, the Friends of NIDCR emphasized the need for Congress to pass the Senate approved allocation of $430.5 million for NIDCR.

“Building upon the success of last year, increasing funding for NIDCR is a critical step to improving the oral health of the nation, reducing the societal costs of dental care and enhancing the evidence base for our profession,” the letter states.