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Drive research at ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center

March 19, 2018 The ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center is seeking input and ideas from ADA members in generating and developing materials and technologies that enable ADA dentists to provide state-of-the-art, precision care.

"The history of the VRC has been one of identifying clinical needs and finding solutions for those needs through basic and translational research" said Dr. Tom Hart, senior director of the VRC. "Every dentist has a great idea. Sometimes it's in the form of 'if only I had this solution, I could improve clinical care.' VRC scientists can help make those ideas materialize. Our research is directly impacted by input from front-line clinicians."

Formerly known as the Paffenbarger Research Center, the VRC is located on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 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 laboratory has been conducting the cutting-edge dental research for nine decades. Currently, VRC scientists seek to improve clinical practice by developing multifunctional dental materials, devices and sensors. Translation of their discoveries into clinical practice will enable ADA dentists to provide continual state-of-the art, precision care to their patients.

ADA members with input can send their ideas to Dr. Hart at