The 39th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) gathered attendees in Washington, DC, to view nearly 1,500 scientific presentations with topics ranging from nutrition research and salivary diagnostics to mineralized tissue. Aside from presentations and posters, attendees took advantage of being in the nation's capital to visit with Members of Congress and deliver the message that science and technology will continue to lead our nation in the 21st century.
On March 2, 2010, and in partnership with Research!America, AADR/Research!America Advocacy Day offered attendees a morning legislative workshop to become familiar with advocacy. AADR advocates met with their legislators throughout the afternoon. Advocates and other AADR members attended an awards reception in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building, held in cooperation with U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-New Jersey), and U.S. Representative Mike Simpson, D.D.S. (R-Idaho).
At the awards reception, Senator Tom Harkin was recognized as a congressional champion for oral health and research and presented with honorary membership in AADR. AADR recognized Senator Harkin's support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), as well as his commitment to improving the quality of life for Americans through biomedical research.
Mary Woolley, President of Research!America, also recognized NIDCR Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak for his leadership during the administration of economic stimulus funding.