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Since 1998, The Friends of NIDCR has hosted its Annual Conference & Awards in Washington DC for its members and friends from the US, Canada and abroad.

Awards are presented to honor significant accomplishments in oral health, including education media, advocacy, lifetime achievement and public service. See the list of prominent recipients - you'll be impressed!

See the article and pictures from 2013.

Friends of NIDCR 2014 Annual Conference & Awards

Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, MPH
Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
DENTSPLY International

Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, MPH
A Day of Learning

The Friends of NIDCR, hosted its Annual Conference & Awards in Washington, DC on January 28th. This year's spotlight focused on how Science Makes a Difference for Trainees, Researchers, Industry and Patients, based on the significant inroads in research conducted and/or funded by the NIDCR.

The Friends' 17-year tradition of promoting the work of the NIDCR, attracted an audience of researchers, dentals school deans, professors and researchers, clinicians, local area practitioners and corporate and association executives.

For the first time, dental school students attended from Columbia University, Howard University and the University of Maryland.

Our afternoon Education Sessions demonstrated how research conducted at NIDCR innovates and examines how scientific discovery can be brought expeditiously to the bedside, and equally important, to explore the pipeline of future researchers.



Securing a Pipeline of Next Generation Investigators
Chair:Christian Stohler, DrMedDent, Dean, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
• NIDCR Opportunities & changes at NIH that align with the BMW, and Diversity Workforce committee (BUILD, NRMN);
Lynn King, Director, Career Development & Training, NIDCR
• Securing a pipeline of next generation investigators: An award recipient's perspective.
Nisha D'Silva, BDS, MSD, PhD, Professor of Dentistry, Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

The Latest in NIDCR-funded Research
Chair:Bruce Donoff, Dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
• The Oral Microbiome is More than Just Oral
Bruce Paster, PhD, Chair, Department of Microbiology, The Forsyth Institute
• Osteomucosal Healing: An old concept, but new approach to ONJ Pathophysiology
Reuben H. Kim, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry
• Facial Pain & Temporomandibular Joint Disease.
Jeff Shaefer DDS, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Director, Predoctoral Program in Pain Control; Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Industry & Patient Advocacy Organization Panel:
Bench to Bedside: Expediting Scientific Discovery to Improve Oral Health
Chair:Steve Kess, VP, Henry Schein Inc.
• How Patient Advocacy Organizations Push the Envelope of Getting Science in the Field Faster
Terrie Cowley, Founder, The TMJ Association Ltd.
• Bringing Innovation to Market: The NIH Perspective
Lilian Shum, PhD, Director NIDCR Extramural Program
• Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property from A University Perspective
Kathy Atchison, Vice Provost of New Collaborative Initiatives, UCLA
• Corporations Partnering with NIH:
Teresa Dolan, VP and Chief Clinical Officer, DENTSPLY

Awards to Unique Individuals
We were proud to recognize individuals, who through their unwavering commitment to research, education, public service, or advocacy, have made a difference in the lives and well-being of others affected by oral and craniofacial diseases and disorders.


Eugenio Beltran
Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award
Eugenio Beltran, DMD, MPH, MS, DrPH, DABDPH
Senior Director for the Center for Scientific Strategies & Information
American Dental Association
Chicago, IL
Stanley Bergman
Award for Distinction in Public Service
Stanley M. Bergman
Chairman & CEO
Henry Schein, Inc.
Melville, NY
Kim Herremans
DENTSPLY/Harold Slavkin Oral Health Science Education Award
Kim Herremans
Executive Director
Greater Tampa Bay Oral Health Coalition
Plant City, FL
Maryjane Puffer
DENTSPLY/Harold Slavkin Oral Health Science Education Award
Maryjane Puffer, RN, MPA
Executive Director
Los Angeles Trust for Children's Health
Los Angeles, CA
Pamela Robey
Outstanding NIDCR Career Research Award
Pamela Robey, PhD
Chief, Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch
Bethesda, MD
Robert Weyant
Outstanding Public Advocacy Award
Robert Weyant, MS, DMD, DrPh
Professor/Chair/Associate Dean for Dental Public Health and Community Outreach
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Friends of NIDCR Brings the Latest in
Oral Health Research to Capitol Hill
Congressional Briefing Highlights Innovation

2015 congressional briefing
The Friends of NIDCR, in cooperation with the Congressional Oral Health Caucus, hosted a congressional briefing titled, "Driving Innovation through Dental Research," Jan. 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill.

"We have to make dental, craniofacial, and oral health research a priority in Washington, and it begins by elevating awareness on Capitol Hill," FNIDCR President Dr. Christian Stohler, who moderated the briefing, said. "I commend all of our outstanding NIDCR professionals for all their efforts especially in such a challenging fiscal climate, which has impacted federal investment in medical research. With sequestration looming once again, our hope is for Congress to find a common-sense approach to replace it and to provide meaningful, increased funding for NIH, and specifically, NIDCR."

The briefing featured NIDCR experts who are at the forefront of how the United States, through NIDCR, is a leader of dental-oral-craniofacial innovation that spurs economic growth opportunities. They were:
    Dr. Martha Somerman at 2015 Congressional Briefing
  • NIDCR Director Dr. Martha Somerman, who presented on "NIH/NIDCR: Advancing Health through Research Excellence and Innovation,"
  • NIDCR Director of Extramural Research Dr. Lillian Shum, who spoke about "Bringing Innovations to Market for Improving Patient Care," and
  • Senior NIDCR Investigator Dr. John (Jay) Chiorini, who presented his research, "Gene Therapy for Radiation Induced Xerostomia."

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Oral Health Caucus co-founder and co-chair, provided the audience with an overview of the budget process and an update of developments on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson at 2015 Congressional Briefing

We appreciate support from:

Platnium Sponsors

ADEA American Dental Education Association Dental Trade Alliance Dentsply
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

Gold Sponsors

Colgate Proctor and Gamble NYU College of Dentistry
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
DentaQuest Institute
Henry Schein UCLA

Silver Sponsors

 • University of Louisville School of Dentistry
 • University of Southern California Ostrow School of Dentistrty
 • University of Texas Health School of Dentistry

Bronze Sponsors

 • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
 • Howard University College of Dentistry
 • Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
 • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
 • University of Nebraska College of Dentistry
 • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
 • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
 • Western University of Health Sciences


 • American College of Dentists Foundation
 • Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
 • Harold Slavkin
 • Vanessa Thomas
 • UCSF School of Dentistry

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