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The following concept clearances were approved during the October 2 teleconference meeting of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council. Concepts represent early planning stages for initiatives in which NIDCR seeks to support research in understudied and significant areas of science: AIDS Related Oral Malignancies and Tumors Development of in vitro Models of Human Oral Mucosa Relevant to AIDS and Mucosal Infections Multidisciplinary Approach for Research on Oral Complications of HIV Infection Regenerative Dental Medicine Mechanisms of Orofacial Pain: Anatomy, Genomics, Proteomics Practice-Based Research Network Clinical Research to Improve Oral Health of Special Needs Populations and the Elderly Exploratory Grants in Epidemiological, Behavioral/Social Sciences and Oral Health Disparities Research Epidemiological, Behavioral and Health Disparities Research
On September 30, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni announced a series of new initiatives known collectively as the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. The initiatives are designed to transform the nation’s medical research capabilities and speed the movement of research discoveries from the bench to the bedside. The NIH Roadmap focuses on compelling opportunities in three main areas: new pathways to scientific discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the clinical research enterprise. See the press release about the NIH Roadmap. NIH OFFERS $35,000 IN ANNUAL STUDENT LOANS REPAYMENT
NIH is now accepting applications to its five Loan Repayment Programs. December 31, 2003 is the application deadline. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs can repay up to $35,000 a year of qualified educational debt for health professionals pursuing careers in clinical, pediatric, contraception and infertility, or health disparities research.
NEW POLICIES FOR RESEARCH SUPPLEMENT PROGRAMS
NIDCR has developed new Institute policies and procedures for participating in the NIH Research Supplement Program for Underrepresented Minorities; the Research Supplement Program for Individuals with Disabilities; and the Research Supplement Program to Promote Reentry into Biomedical Research Careers. See the new research supplement policies, as well as a table highlighting eligibility criteria and level of funding.
NIDCR is currently accepting applications for its 12-month Residency Program in Dental Public Health. The program provides a formal training opportunity for dentists planning careers in dental public health, with an emphasis on oral and craniofacial, health-related epidemiologic research. The application deadline for Program Year 2004-2005 year is November 20, 2003. NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARD INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING GRANTS (T32) AWARDED
Three new comprehensive T32 programs were awarded, bringing the number of comprehensive programs to 18. The new programs are located at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Buffalo. See the complete listing of T32 programs.
Fifteen planning awards for Improvement of Research Infrastructure in U.S. Dental Schools were made with start dates of August 1, 2003. For further details, see: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Funding/DentalSchools/FifteenUSDentalSchools.htm
In collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIDCR has established a contract with The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Gaithersburg, MD to produce and distribute DNA microarray slides for the complete genomes of Porphyromonas gingivalis and Streptococcus mutans. Researchers will be allowed to request up to 150 slides through a brief, yet competitive, application process. The slides will allow investigators to determine the expression of genes turned on or off when grown under defined conditions. NIDCR CONVENES SPECIAL EXPERT PANEL ON PAIN
Over the past year, NIDCR has convened panels of experts to help identify long-range research opportunities in a number of science areas central to its mission. As part of this initiative, the Institute convened a Panel on Pain Research on May 13. See the final report of the Panel on Pain Research. NIDCR ISSUES STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FY 03-08
The NIDCR Strategic Plan FY 03-08 is now available on the NIDCR web site.
DR. BRUCE ALBERTS TO DELIVER BARMES LECTURE AT NIH
Dr. Bruce Alberts, President of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver the 2003 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Monday, November 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the Masur Auditorium on the NIH campus. The title of Dr. Alberts’ lecture is “Spreading Science Throughout the World: How, Why and When?” The lecture, which is sponsored by the NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center, is open to interested members of the scientific community. NIDCR TO HOST STATE-OF-THE-SCIENCE WORKSHOP ON CLINICAL TRIALS
NIDCR will host a state-of-the-science workshop on Methods for Enhancing the Efficiency of Dental and Oral Health Clinical Trials: Current Status, Future Possibilities, on May 6-7, 2004 on the NIH campus. The workshop is expected to attract basic and clinical researchers, educators, industry representatives, and regulators.
Scientists Report Key Discovery in Organ Development
Scientists Report Important Lead in Studying Possible Association Between Periodontal and Cardiovascular Disease
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