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ADA weighs in on ideas for future NIDCR research efforts

May 25, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

The ADA has provided input for a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research initiative that seeks ideas from the public for future workshops and research efforts.

Dr. Jeffrey Platt, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, submitted five ideas on behalf of the council in May to NIDCR 2030, a "strategic visioning initiative designed to advance dental, oral and craniofacial research over the next 15 years." The NIDCR invited the public to submit ideas online at The public may vote and comment on the submitted ideas until June 2.

"The ADA has an interest in this conversation because it is about ongoing research that provides the evidence to direct significant change in the provision of care that our members provide," said Dr. Platt. "The Council on Scientific Affairs has a research agenda that fits well into this conversation. The NIDCR 2030 areas receiving comment from the ADA (precision health, oral health and overall health, workforce diversity) reflect that research agenda. The ADA input into NIDCR 2030 reflects our strong presence in the national discussion of the future of dentistry."
The submissions included:

  • Build the supporting infrastructure for oral health research. Strengthen the nation's investment in the oral health research infrastructure and increase the number and scope of oral health research collaborations across the health sciences at all research institutions, including federal agencies, academic institutions, industry and private nonprofit organizations.
  • Emphasize research on caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer. Secure long-term support for basic, clinical and translational research addressing caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer.
  • Support longitudinal studies to improve disease prevention and care. Secure support for long-term longitudinal studies aimed at improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases and conditions. Such studies include the analysis of electronic health record data, as well as dental and medical claims data, to assess and improve treatment outcomes in dental patients across their lifespan.
  • Advance precision health for oral conditions. Promote studies on the pathogenesis of dental caries, periodontal diseases and oral cancer to advance precision health and establish foundational knowledge for risk-based prevention and therapies.
  • Promote the integration of principles and practices of evidence-based dentistry. Support and advance research designed to identify and overcome barriers to the adoption and delivery of known effective preventive and therapeutic interventions.
The NIDCR said it will use submissions to "advance the goals of NIDCR 2030 and identify themes for potential funding opportunities."

To read more about NIDCR 2030 and see all comments submitted, visit