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ADA Foundation narrows focus on science, research

June 28, 2019

The Association announced June 28 it is narrowing the focus of the ADA Foundation to research and science in order to dedicate more resources to evidence-based dentistry and the health of the public.

The ADA Science Institute and the Volpe Research Center will join forces to allow for a renewed focus on the creation and translation of scientific knowledge, as well as the development of new products and technology, according to a statement from the ADA.

The ADA Science Institute, located in Chicago, generates content through the departments of Research & Laboratories — where the Seal of Acceptance and the Research & Standards programs reside — and the department of Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, which is responsible for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines and the support to Clinical Excellence. The Volpe Research Center is located on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where it has been since 1928. VRC scientists seek to improve clinical practice by developing research standards, multifunctional dental materials, devices and technology. Translation of their discoveries into clinical practice will enable ADA dentists to provide continual state-of-the-art, precision care to their patients.

Philanthropic activities, such as Give Kids A Smile and Dentist Charitable Assistance and Access to Care, will continue under the umbrella of the ADA.