9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
room 385, Russell Senate Office Building


Registration for the 2018 Advocacy Day is now closed. We hope you’ll join us next year!

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.


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. 


Schedule of Events*: 

 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Available 
 8:45 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks
Student Advocate of the Year Award Presentation
 9 a.m.  Welcome
Rep. Mike Simpson, DMD (R-ID)
 9:10 a.m.  Legislative and Political Overview
 9:30 a.m. NIDCR Funding – Making “the Ask”
How to Navigate the Hill and Conduct a Meeting
 10 a.m.  NIDCR Update
Martha Somerman, DDS, PhD
Director, NIDCR 
 10:30 a.m.      The Opioid Crisis: The Role of Dental Research
Raymond A. Dionne, DDS, MS, PhD
Research Professor, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
 11 a.m. Concluding Remarks 
Kathy Hammitt
Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs
Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation

*Schedule subject to change


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. The application period for 2018 Advocacy Day travel support has now passed. Please check back next year. 


Become a 2018 Advocacy Day Sponsor

Thank you to our sponsors:

Silver Level

American Association of Public Health Dentistry 

CRD Associates

Ivoclar Vivadent

Dentsply Sirona

Procter & Gamble

Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation