The Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) is a broad-based coalition of academic and research institutions, professional associations and foundations that champion the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the world’s largest institution dedicated exclusively to research to improve dental, oral and craniofacial health. With programmatic activities operated out of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), FNIDCR helps represent the interests of patients, researchers, educators, clinicians and students and the value they find in NIDCR and its critical research.

Activities of the Friends include:

  • Advocating on behalf of NIDCR on Capitol Hill, including sending joint letters to and coordinating visits with members of Congress
  • Liaising with and acting as a resource for the congressional Oral Health Caucus;
  • Providing oral health policy and legislative analyses
  • Hosting and participating in events to demonstrate the importance of NIDCR-funded research
  • Championing patients through the Friends of NIDCR’s Patient Advocacy Council

Support the Friends and other important programs at AADR by becoming an AADR Institutional Section member. Contact AADR Assistant Director ofGovernment Affairs Lindsey Horan for more information.



Patient Advocacy Council

Part of FNIDCR, the Patient Advocacy Council is a group of non-profit patient advocacy organizations working to tackle diseases or conditions with an oral health component. The priorities of the Patient Advocacy Council are to: 1) support oral health research and NIDCR and 2) transfer oral health research from bench to chairside.

View current members of the Patient Advocacy Council.

History of the Friends

The Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) organization was established in 1998 on the 50th anniversary of the Institute. The entity served as a coalition of individuals, institutions, and corporations who understand the importance of dental, oral, and craniofacial research to the health and well-being of people in the United States and globally.

However, recognizing the need to increase efficiency, eliminate the duplication of advocacy efforts, and provide a stronger voice for patient advocates, the Friends of NIDCR Board of Directors voted unanimously to cease operations as of December 31, 2015 and transfer the programmatic activities of the Friends to AADR, effective January 1, 2016.

Read the press release regarding AADR’s continuation of the Friends activities.