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Joint initiative boosts ADA Foundation research endeavors

ADAF, ADA and Colgate-Palmolive fund renamed lab, fellowship and student conference

September 19, 2013

Research hub: The ADA Foundation research center is located on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.
Three titans of dentistry have joined forces to support oral health care research and help attract promising young researchers to the field.

The ADA Foundation, the ADA and the Colgate-Palmolive Co. today announced major contributions to enhance the ADA Foundation's ongoing research endeavors at its research center and through its Dental Student Conference on Research. Both the lab and the conference will be renamed—the lab to honor Anthony Volpe, D.D.S., M.S., who retired as vice president of clinical research and scientific affairs at Colgate-Palmolive; and the conference to reflect the relationship with Colgate.

“This is a milestone for the ADA Foundation and its research program,” said Dr. David Whiston, president of the ADA Foundation. “Colgate and the ADA recognize the important history of this research facility and the role it will play in future groundbreaking research. They are making it possible for us to meet the ever-changing challenges of oral health care research. In addition, it signals our strong commitment to identifying and encouraging the most promising young researchers in the field.”

Formerly known as the Paffenbarger Research Center, the newly renamed Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center is located on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg, Md., a federal government research campus, where it has been since 1928. Previously operated by the ADA and then jointly by the ADA and the ADA Foundation, the lab conducts unique research in cutting-edge fields of biomaterial and tissue engineering technologies.

The ADA Foundation's Dental Student Conference on Research, which will mark its 50th year in 2014, will be renamed the Colgate Dental Student Conference on Research. The conference annually attracts about 50 promising dental students from the U.S and Canada who are interested in research careers.

The collective gifts will also support the endowment of a new fellowship in Dr. Volpe's honor. A portion of the funds will be allocated to recruit a distinguished researcher to be known as the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Fellow.

Dr. Volpe has conducted clinical research programs around the globe, establishing Colgate's important presence with all of the major global dental professional organizations. “Tony's commitment to education and development embodies our dedication to the next generation of dental researchers and continues the tradition of scientific excellence essential to advances in oral care,” said Ian Cook, chair, president and chief executive officer of Colgate-Palmolive. “We are delighted that the facility will bear his name as testament to his lasting legacy among dental professionals at Colgate and the global dental community.”

Dr. Volpe is the only dentist from industry ever elected president of the ADAF. He has received many prestigious dental awards and has published more than 200 scientific research reports in international dental journals.

“Tony Volpe has been a tireless advocate for dental research throughout a long career,” said ADA President Robert A. Faiella. “His contributions to dental research, dentistry and the public's oral health cannot be overstated. But beyond that, he has been extraordinarily successful in instilling the excitement of research in generations of young scientists. We are delighted to honor his distinguished career and proud to place his name on one of the world's premier dental research facilities.”