Throughout the year, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) communicates with policymakers in Congress, federal agencies and the administration about how certain trends, policies and proposals could affect our members and the fields of dental, oral and craniofacial research.

The documents below include AADR testimonies, communications with federal lawmakers and responses to Requests for Information/Comments posted in the U.S. Federal Register.


AADR Fiscal Year 2022 Outside Witness Testimony
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies | May 17, 2021
Submission to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee outlining requests for fiscal year 2022

Letter to Urging Swift Release of the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health
Letter | May 5, 2021
Letter from the oral health community to U.S. Surgeon General Murthy requesting swift review and publication of the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health



Thank You Letter: Saving the Civil Service Act
Letter | November 11, 2020
Community sign-on letter thanking Majority Leader Hoyer and Reps. Connolly and Maloney for introducing the “Saving the Civil Service Act” to reverse the “Executive Order on Creating Schedule F in the Excepted Service”.

Department of Homeland Security Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Duration of Status
Proposed Rule | October 2020
Comments to DHS in response to establishing a fixed time period of admission and an extension of stay procedure for nonimmigrant academic students, exchange visitors, and representatives of foreign information media.

Letter Re: Expanding Authorization for Dental Professionals to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine
Letter | September 2020
Letter urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Giroir to expand authorization for dental professionals to order and administer the COVID-19 vaccine, once it becomes available.

Health Professional Shortage Area Scoring Criteria
Request for Information | September 18, 2020
Comments and suggestions on the dental health HPSA. Specific reference to community water fluoridation factor and the addition of sugar sweetened beverages.

Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Request for Comments | August 13, 2020
Comments and suggestions on the 2020 Scientific Report which will be used to inform the scientific foundation of the Dietary Guidelines. Comments provided by AADR were geared towards the Dental Health section of the Report

Letter to Congressional Leadership Re: Needs of Dental Research Community
Letter | May 2020
Joint letter from AADR, ADA and ADEA to congressional leaders calling attention to the needs of the dental research community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and to request federal research relief.

Letter to Congressional Leadership on COVID-19 Intervention Legislation
Letter | March 2020
Letter from IADR and AADR to congressional leadership requesting that associations, including non-profit groups and other tax-exempt associations, be included in any federal legislation supporting industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Office of Science and Technology Policy Review of Public Access to Research Outputs Resulting From Federally Funded Research
Request for Information | March 24, 2020
Comments from IADR/AADR on the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s RFI on public access to peer-reviewed scholarly publications resulting from federally funded scientific research

AADR Fiscal Year 2021 Outside Witness Testimony
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies | March 23, 2020
Submission to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee outlining requests for fiscal year 2021

Office of Science and Technology Policy RFI on the American Research Environment
Request for Information | January 28, 2020
AADR’s comments on the steps federal agencies can take to improve the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment




Letter to Energy & Commerce Committee on Cures 2.0 Vision Document
Letter | December 16, 2019
AADR feedback to policymakers on the future of 21st Century Cures, Cures 2.0

NIDCR Fiscal Year 2021 Proposed Research Initiatives
Letter | May 28, 2019
AADR’s letter expressing support for reauthorizing the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and recommending ways to preserve and strengthen PCORI and the PCOR Trust Fund

Letter to Lawmakers Expressing Support for PCORI Reauthorization
Request for input | November 15, 2019

Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packages and Advertisements
Proposed Rule | October 2019

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2020-2025
Request for Information | August 15, 2019
Comments on initiatives, programs, research questions and metrics for five priority areas: 1) oral health + overall health, 2) precision oral health, 3) regenerative medicine, 4) health disparities and 5) diverse workforce.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024
Request for information | July 12, 2019
Comments on cross-cutting scientific themes; disease- and tissue-specific scientific objectives; and management, scientific stewardship, and accountability in draft NIAMS strategic plan

Institutional Accountability to Promote Inclusive Excellence
Request for information | June 6, 2019
Planning for NIH Common Fund program to promote diversity of the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level

Fluoride in Bottled Water
Proposed Rule | June 3, 2019
To change the allowable level of fluoride in domestically packaged and imported bottled water to 0.7 mg/L in accordance with United States Public Health Service recommendation

AADR Fiscal Year 2020 Outside Witness Written Testimony
House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee | April 8, 2019
Submission to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee for fiscal year 2020

Consideration of Pain in the Disability Determination Process
Proposed Rule | February 15, 2019
Proposed rule changes to update Social Security Administration's pain evaluation criteria in determination of disability status

Surgeon General Commissions 2020 Report on Oral Health
Request for Comment | January 25, 2019
Public health developments and scientific advancements in oral health since the 2000 report to inform the upcoming 2020 report on oral health

Proposed Objectives for Inclusion in Healthy People 2030
Request for Comment | January 17, 2019
Healthy People 2030 proposed core, developmental and research objectives



Soliciting Input on the Draft Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research
Request for Information | December 15, 2018
Proposed themes, scientific priorities and research activities for NIH-wide nutrition research

Immune System Balance and Flexibility in Maintaining Good Oral Health
Request for Comments | November 2, 2018
Proposed NIDCR initiative to  advance research on the role of immune system plasticity in dental, oral and craniofacial health and disease

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Promote Adolescents’ Oral Health and Reduce Disparities
Request for Comments | November 2, 2018
Proposed NIDCR initiative to reduce adolescent oral health disparities by integrating oral and general health and addressing common risk factors  

Oral and Dental Health in People Living with HIV and Co-Occurring Non-Communicable Diseases Request for Comments | November 16, 2018
Proposed NIDCR initiative to increase understanding of how of HIV, treatment and/or noncommunicable diseases affect oral health of people living with HIV/AIDS to guide prevention, diagnosis and treatment 

Proposed Guidance Regarding Operational Control Range Around Optimal Fluoride Concentration in Community Water Systems That Adjust Fluoride
Request for Comments | October 11, 2018
Proposal for an operational control range of 0.6-1.0 mg fluoride per liter drinking water

National Institutes of Health Draft Behavioral and Social Clinical Trial Template
Request for Comments | October 11, 2018
Draft template for NIH-funded investigators conducting behavior and social clinical trials

Mentoring Network for Underrepresented Postdoctoral and Early-Career Faculty Investigators
Request for Comments | June 29, 2018
Proposed NIDCR initiative to create a mentoring network specific to the dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce

Accelerating the Advancement of Digital Dentistry
Request for Comments | June 29, 2018
Proposed NIDCR initiative to accelerate and maximize the potential of digital techniques such as imaging, computer-aided design and manufacturing and 3D printing in dentistry

Development of the FY 2021-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research
Request for Information | June 20, 2018
Emerging areas of oral health research and capacity-building needs for improving prevention, treatment and health outcomes for people living with HIV

Inviting Scientific Interest in Geroscience Summit III
Request for Information | June 1, 2018
Proposals for a session on aging-related oral health conditions for the third Geroscience Summit sponsored by the National Institute on Aging

National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Proposed Reorganization
Request for Comments | May 18, 2018
Response to NIMHD proposed structural reorganization

U.S. State Department Proposed Information Collection for Application for Nonimmigrant Visa
Notice of Proposed Information Collection | May 17, 2018
Feedback from IADR/AADR on Department of State’s proposed changes to information collection for nonimmigrant visa applicants

AADR Fiscal Year 2019 Outside Witness Testimony
House and Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies | April 25, 2018
Submission to the House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee for fiscal year 2019

Accelerating the Development of Oral Biodevices by Advancing Technologies
Request for Information | March 1, 2018
Response to the NIDCR 2030 proposed research initiative on developing oral biodevices for various uses

Tribal Health Research Office Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2018-2022
Request for Information | February 2, 2018
Remarks on the topics under consideration for the Tribal Health Research Office’s first strategic plan

Office of Disease Prevention’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023
Request for Information | January 22, 2018
Response on the strategic priorities identified for ODP’s Fiscal Year 2019-2023 Strategic Plan



Food and Drug Administration Questions Relevant to Its Opioid Policy Steering Committee
Request for Comments | December 28, 2017
Feedback on steps FDA can take to reverse the opioid abuse epidemic

NIH’s Enhancing Utilization of the NIH Clinical Center
Request for Information | November 21, 2017
AADR comments on areas of biomedical research that are best poised to utilize the unique in-patient resources of the NIH Clinical Center

Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research
Request for Information | November 10, 2017
Feedback to the Office of Research on Women’s Health on its proposed cross-cutting themes and goals under consideration for the next iteration of the trans-NIH strategic plan for research on women’s health

U.S.Department of Health and Human Services’ Draft Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2018-2022
Request for Information | October 26, 2017
Input on the five strategic goals and objectives outlined in the proposed FY2018-22 HHS strategic plan

Opposition to CHAMPION Act’s Use of Prevention and Public Health Fund as Offset
Letter to Policymakers | October 6, 2017
AADR letter expressing concern with using the Prevention as an offset to pay for the Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve our Nation Act of 2017

The Next Generation Researchers Initiative: Strategies to Ensure Successful Launch and Sustainment of Research Careers
Request for Information | October 1, 2017
Feedback submitted to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on the Next Generation Researchers Initiative on recommendations and promising practices to maintain a high quality, responsive, and vital research enterprise by supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral researchers 

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s Proposed Research Initiatives for Fiscal Year 2019
Request for Information | September 5, 2017
Contribution to NIDCR on which areas it should focus its research efforts for future fiscal years

Fiscal Year 2019 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research
Request for Information | May 15, 2017
Comments on the development of the fiscal year 2019 plan and proposed areas of emphasis