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AADR Members to Advance Research Priorities at 2019 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Alexandria, Va., – Approximately 100 members of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) will converge on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, February 26 for the 2019 AADR and Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. During this annual event, deans and faculty, dental students, researchers, patient advocates and oral health research stakeholders will call on U.S. policymakers to support federal research priorities, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

This year’s event is scheduled to have record-breaking attendance from around 100 AADR members and affiliates. Participants from at least 22 states are expected to meet with over 70 congressional offices in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Advocacy Day participants will convey the following messages to Congress:

Through the past several funding cycles, Congress has shown its commitment to research by providing much-needed budget increases. To continue building on that progress, The AADR asks that Congress provide steady and predictable funding increases for the entire health research enterprise in fiscal year 2020, including providing at least $41.6 billion for the NIH and at least $492 million for the NIDCR.

Importantly, for these critical funding increases to become a reality, Congress must work together to reach a bi-partisan budget agreement that raises the budget caps and supports non-defense discretionary programs. Barring a deal, these programs, which include scientific research and public health programs, will face a $55 billion cut.

Prior to their congressional visits, Advocacy Day attendees will participate in a morning issues briefing, where they will hear from Representatives Loebsack (D-IA), Simpson (R-ID) and Van Drew (D-NJ) and patient advocates from the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias and CCD Smiles. 

“We are so pleased to have our largest contingency of AADR researchers and FNIDCR patient advocacy groups in attendance to advocate for much needed oral and craniofacial research funding,” said Maria Ryan, President of AADR. “Basic, translational and clinical research advances incorporated into clinical practice will improve the clinician’s ability to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage chronic diseases. These advances will also allow for our patients to become active participants in maintaining and sustaining their oral health.  All of which will significantly improve on the overall health of our nation.”

The AADR and FNIDCR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is a valuable opportunity for those who care about dental, oral and craniofacial research to build relationships with their elected officials and to show their support for these research agencies and programs. By conveying how dental, oral and craniofacial research are playing a role in supporting the oral and overall health of all Americans, 2019 Advocacy Day participants have an opportunity to shape the future of these vital programs.

About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with over 3,400 members in the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more about the AADR, visit www.aadr.org.

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