Scientific Strides of the NIDCR: 75 Years and Beyond

Event Details
March 17, 2023
2-4 p.m. PDT
2023 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR), Oregon Convention Center, Room B116, Portland, OR

How to Join: This event has concluded. You can listen to a recording of the event below.


AADOCR Annual Meeting

This two-part symposium marks the start of NIDCR’s year-long 75th anniversary celebration.

In the first part of the symposium, three former NIDCR directors, plus current Director Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D., reflected on their accomplishments, memorable moments, and visions for NIDCR during their directorships.

In the second part, six intramural investigators described the cutting-edge NIDCR research that has shaped dentistry and medicine during their time at the institute. Questions from the audience followed both parts.

The symposium concluded with an acknowledgment of the 400-plus contributors to the NIH/NIDCR 2021 report “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges.”

Event Recording

Listen to an audio recording of the event below. The recording consists of 14 sections, each of which can be accessed by clicking on the “Playlist” icon in the top right corner of the video player (this icon is to the right of the “Share” icon).




Makyba Charles-Ayinde, Ph.D.
Director of Science Policy, AADOCR

Pamela Robey, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Skeletal Biology Section, NIDCR


Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Director, NIDCR

Martha Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Former Director, NIDCR

Harold Slavkin, D.D.S.
Former Director, NIDCR

Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Former Director, NIDCR & Acting NIH Director


Intramural Researchers

John Chiorini, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Adeno-Associated Virus Biology Section, NIDCR

Ashok Kulkarni, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Functional Genomics Section, NIDCR

Janice Lee, D.D.S., M.D.
Clinical Director, NIDCR

Niki Moutsopoulos, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Oral Immunity & Infection Section, NIDCR

Marian Young, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Molecular Biology of Bones & Teeth Section, NIDCR

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Last Reviewed
July 2023

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