9 A.M. – 5 P.M.


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Join the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 for the 2018 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.  

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. 

Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents. The participation of AADR and FNIDCR members and patient advocates in our 2018 Advocacy Day is critical to demonstrating that increased investments in biomedical research and oral health programs are having a real impact on the people in their home states and beyond. We need your voice to amplify our message! 

The AADR and Friends of NIDCR Advocacy Day will include a morning briefing and training session, as well as an afternoon dedicated to meetings with participants’ members of Congress and Hill staff.

Registration Information

To register for the 2018 Advocacy Day, complete the registration form by Friday, January 26, 2018. There is no registration fee associated with this event. 

*Please note: Registering for the AADR and Friends of NIDCR Advocacy Day signals your professional commitment to attend. Last minute cancellations or failure to attend will harm our relationship with members of Congress and their staff.


The schedule for Advocacy Day (preliminary schedule outlined below) is designed to allow participants to fly or drive into and out of Washington, D.C. on the same day, if feasible and desired. 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport – roughly five miles – to Capitol Hill. Other options include Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). 

For attendees requiring an overnight stay, we recommend booking your hotel room as soon as possible for the best rates and availability. Please do not wait until the last minute, and feel free to reach out to AADR staff for hotel recommendations. 

Preliminary Schedule of Events:
8:30 a.m. Breakfast Available

9 – 11 a.m. Morning Briefing and Advocacy Training Session
Capitol Hill: Room TBD

11 a.m. Lunch Available

12 – 5 p.m. Meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff
Various locations on Capitol Hill

Travel Support

For the second year, AADR and FNIDCR are pleased to offer funding to provide travel support (economy airfare and a one-night stay in a hotel near Capitol Hill) for some dental students and patient advocates to attend Advocacy Day. 

Only AADR and FNIDCR Patient Advocacy Council members are eligible to apply, and support is limited to one person per organization. Those interested in receiving financial support should complete the application form as soon as possible, but no later than December 1, 2017



Become a 2018 Advocacy Day Sponsor

Thank you to our sponsors:

Silver Level

Ivoclar Vivadent

Dentsply Sirona

Procter & Gamble