The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is actively involved in national legislative affairs and advocacy. AADOCR 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 AADOCR 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 AADOCR membership that truly impacts policy decisions within the federal government.

The AADOCR 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. AADOCR provides several tools to make communicating with Members of Congress simply and quick.


Legislative Action Center

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

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Friends of NIDCR

The AADOCR Board of Directors has announced that AADOCR 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 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 AADOCR Government Affairs & Science Policy Blog.

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Joint Sign-On Letters and Statements

The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) actively partners with coalitions and peer organizations over the course of the year to advocate for research funding and programs and to amplify the role of dental, oral, and craniofacial research as part of the broader public health and health research community.

View AADOCR’s sign-on letters and statements

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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AADOCR Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship

This public policy fellowship provides a unique learning experience both in Washington, DC and through grassroots efforts at the Fellow’s local university or institution.

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Testimony and Policy Communications

See AADOCR’s communications to Congress and government agencies championing AADOCR members and the field.

View AADOCR’s policy communications

AADOCR Student Advocacy Award

This year the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) 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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