ADEA regularly advocates
for full funding for the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial
Research (NIDCR). For FY18, ADEA asked Congress for $452 million for NIDCR. The
actual appropriation from Congress in FY17 was $425.7 million. However, these requests
do not often resonate with legislators if they do not see how funding NIDCR
directly affects communities.
In FY17, NIDCR gave $148.5 million in
grant money to U.S. dental institutions. This
April, ADEA member New York University College of
$2.2 million to study periodontal disease and bone loss in people with diabetes
and $158,500 to study how to optimize school-based cavity prevention.
School-based caries prevention programs have become an important way to improve
access to dental services. In medically underserved areas, these programs often serve as the
sole source of dental care for children and adolescents. The caries prevention
programs will begin in schools in fall 2018.
ADEA encourages member institutions,
faculty, students, residents and fellows to advocate for NIDCR funding by
sharing with us and legislators the stories of how this premier institute
supports necessary research in their schools and the greater community.