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AADR Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future (AADR MIND the Future)

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AADR MIND the Future Webinar – May 11, 2020

May 2020 Webinar Slides

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The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has been awarded a five-year grant of more than $1.3 million by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in response to FOA RFA-DE-19-007: NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce. The grant project dates are March 2020 through February 2025 (Grant No. 1UE5DE029439-01). Principal Investigators for the grant are David Drake, Professor of Microbiology, University of Iowa and the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research; Christopher H. Fox, CEO, American Association for Dental Research and Effie Ioannidou, Director, University of Connecticut Dental Clinical Research Center. 

The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the NIH funded biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences workforce. The primary goal of this NIDCR-funded program is to establish a mentoring network that will support a diverse pool of early career investigators, including individuals from diverse backgrounds (e.g., see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity), in developing independent research careers dedicated to improving dental, oral and craniofacial health.

The AADR Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future (AADR MIND the Future) is expected to build a vibrant and inclusive community of investigators whose participation is vital to advancing dental, oral and craniofacial research and improving the oral health of our nation. Ten new mentees will be funded per year for the five funding years; and once the mentees complete the program, they will become alumni. The program will offer educational activities and interactive opportunities across the network, between mentors and mentees to support the development of a diverse cadre of dental, oral and craniofacial research.


Congratulations to the selected 10 program participants/mentees for 2020-2021!

  Susana Calderon, University of Iowa, Iowa City
 
  Modupe Coker, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.
 
  Dina Garcia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
 
  Cherice Hughes-Oliver, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
 
  Bruno Lima, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
 
  Stephanie Momeni, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
 
  Indra Mustapha, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
 
  Susana Maria Salazar Marocho, University of Mississippi, Jackson
 
  Tamanna Tiwari, University of Colorado, Denver
 
  Cristina Vidal, University of Iowa, Iowa City
 

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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

The AADR Mind the Future program will deliver didactic components of the curriculum through a virtual, interactive, real-time, instructor-led (VIRI) online learning environment. This model will allow participants to engage in the didactic sessions from their convenient locations, without travel time and expense, while experiencing the same performance and engagement outcomes as a [face-to-face (F2F)] learning environment. 

Our multi-modal model will include whole group, synchronous online sessions (VIRI) for mentors, sessions for mentees and combined sessions for all participants. In addition, pre- and post-session asynchronous small group discussion sessions, journal clubs, supplemental instructional delivery and appropriate mobile applications (including Twitter, Google, and Facebook workplace) content dissemination will foster continuous community building, social learning and facilitate the spaced repetition necessary to enhance long-term learning outcomes.

The content of the educational plan will incorporate three thematic domains: 1) research/technical; 2) career development/personal growth; and 3) mentor-mentee/interpersonal relationships. These thematic domains will be approached via different teaching modes including didactic, networking coaching and individual hands-on projects. 


PEOPLE

Principal Investigators
Christopher H. Fox, CEO, American Association for Dental Research
David Drake, Professor of Microbiology, University of Iowa and the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research
Effie Ioannidou, Professor, University of Connecticut Dental Clinical Research Center

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Program Partner
Lynn King, Director, Research Training and Career Development Programs, NIDCR

Advisory Committee
Pandu Gangula, Meharry Dental College
Xinbin Gu,
Howard University
Evanthia Lalla, Columbia University
Lydia Lopez-Del Valle, University of Puerto Rico
George Taylor, University of California, San Francisco

Management Committee
Eric Bernstein, University of Connecticut
Lisa Cain, UT Health Science Center at Houston
David Drake, University of Iowa
Christopher H. Fox, AADR
Jill Helms, Stanford University
Effie Ioannidou, University of Connecticut
Sharukh Khajotia, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Kim Mansky, University of Minnesota
Natasha Mickel, Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence
Joseph Riley, University of Florida
Sotiris Tetradis, University of California, Los Angeles
David Wong, University of California, Los Angeles


The program includes a national network of 11 universities and three organizations which will be intricately involved in the program. The universities are organized into Eastern, Western, Southern and Midwest Hubs and include the two dental schools based in Historically Black Universities and Colleges, recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion for both mentees and mentors, as well as one institution well-funded by the NIDCR, but without a dental school.

PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITIES AND REPRESENTATIVES:
  • Columbia University – Evanthia Lalla
  • Howard University – Xinbin Gu
  • Meharry Dental College – Pandu Gangula
  • Stanford University – Jill Helms, Xue Yuan
  • University of California, Los Angeles – Sotiris Tetradis, Paul Krebsbach
  • University of Connecticut – Effie Ioannidou, Mina Mina
  • University of Florida – Joseph Riley
  • University of Iowa – David Drake
  • University of Minnesota – Kim Mansky
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Sharukh Khajotia
  • UT Health Science Center at Houston – Lisa Cain, Mary Farach Carson, Jacqueline Hecht and Ariadne Letra
PARTICIPATING Organizations:
  • Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence will conduct a workshop for mentor training each year of the grant.
  • The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will offer one full-day Workshop in Science Communication during the AADR Annual Meeting each year for the five grant years.
  • The NIH National Research Mentoring Network is an NIH-funded and supported, nationwide consortium of biomedical faculty and scientists across universities and institutions. AADR plans to integrate the program with key programs within the NRMN. This is an important integration that will significantly benefit both NIH-supported programs but most importantly, provide mentees with a comprehensive mentoring experience that will lead to their success in academia.
Grant awarded to the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in response to FOA RFA-DE-19-007: NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce. (Grant No. 1UE5DE029439-01).