The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is actively involved in national legislative affairs and advocacy. AADR collaborates with numerous medical organizations to advocate for sustainable and adequate investments in biomedical research broadly, as well as focuses specifically on the need for increased commitment to dental research within various federal agencies. The AADR Government Affairs Committee works with the Assistant Director of Government Affairs to set an annual federal agenda and coordinate the advocacy activities of the organization. However, it is the grassroots participation of the AADR membership that truly impacts policy decisions within the federal government.

The AADR Government Affairs team encourages all members of the dental research community to engage their elected officials regularly, but at least on an annual basis, to communicate the important advances that are being made both nationally and at the local level. Members of Congress, in particular, want to know how federal programs impact their constituents. The future of dentistry, both as a profession and in the effectiveness of care provided, is very much reliant on decisions made in Washington, DC. AADR provides several tools to make communicating with Members of Congress simply and quick.

Please contact Assistant Director of Government Affairs Lindsey Horan if you have any questions or would like to discuss additional ways to participate in AADR advocacy efforts.


2018 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

AADR and Friends of NIDCR will hold their Advocacy on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. With the many competing federal funding priorities facing Congress, it is critical for the dental, oral and craniofacial research communities to communicate to policymakers not only how funding this research positively contributes to the overall health and well-being of the American people, but also how it can ease the economic burden oral conditions place on our society. Your participation in the 2018 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is necessary to amplify the message to Congress that increased investments in biomedical research and other oral health programs are needed for the health of the public. 

Learn More About Joining Us on The Hill


Legislative Action Center

Take Action with AADR by contacting your representative and making your voice heard on important issues. 

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Friends of NIDCR

The AADR Board of Directors has announced that AADR is continuing the activities of the Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) after the latter ceased operations at the end of 2015.

Learn more about the Friends of NIDCR


FNIDCR Patient Advocacy Council

The Friends of NIDCR Patient Advocacy Council (PAC) is comprised of non-profit organizations who work together to 1) support oral health research and NIDCR and 2) transfer oral health research from bench to bedside. 

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Government Affairs & Science Policy Blog

Stay up-to-date with the latest news in government affairs and science policy news by reading the AADR Government Affairs & Science Policy Blog.

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AADR Student Advocacy Award

This year the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) National Student Research Group (NSRG) along with the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) would like to recognize a student for outstanding contributions in advocacy for oral health research by awarding The Student Advocate of the Year Award.

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Briefing Materials

Members of the oral health community are encouraged to utilize these briefing materials in preparation for and/or during interactions with Members of Congress and their staffers.

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