National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

60thThe World Leader in Oral Health Research
For 60 years, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland, has been the leading sponsor of research and research training in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Its mission is to “improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training and the dissemination of health information.” The Institute meets its mission by:

  • Performing and supporting basic and clinical research;
  • 60thConducting and funding research training and career development programs to ensure an adequate number of talented, well-prepared and diverse investigators;
  • Coordinating and assisting relevant research and research-related activities among all sectors of the research community;
  • Promoting the timely transfer of knowledge gained from research and its implications to the public, health professionals,
    researchers and policy-makers.
Martha J. Somerman
Martha J. Somerman
D.D.S., Ph.D
NIDCR Director

Oral Health is Critical to Our Health as a Whole
Oral health diseases and ailments combined, lead to two million hospitalizations and 100,000 deaths annually at a cost of $100 billion to our nation’s healthcare system. NIDCR research benefits millions of Americans with:

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Chronic Dry Mouth
  • Heart Disease
  • Oral Cancer
  • Chronic Facial and Oral Pain
  • Bone and Cartilage Regeneration
  • …and more!

NIDCR Strategic Plan 2009-13:
“More than ever before, we need closer integration among research, practice and education…”
Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Director, NIDCR
Read the plan.

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