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AADR Announces 2019 Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellow

Alexandria, Va., USA – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced today that it has selected Alexandra Rogers-DeCotes as the 2019 AADR Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellow.

The AADR Gert Quigley Government Affairs Fellowship is designed to familiarize graduate-level students with the federal legislative process in the context of dental, oral and craniofacial research and the oral health care delivery system. As part of the Fellowship, Rogers-DeCotes will complete a short work stay at AADR headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and will serve a one-year term as a voting member of AADR’s Government Affairs Committee and as the government affairs liaison to the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG).

Rogers-DeCotes is a D.M.D./Ph.D. student at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, where she serves on the steering committee of South Carolina Public Engagement and Advocacy in Charleston and as the student representative for MUSC’s College of Dental Medicine Research Committee. Rogers-DeCotes has also served as the secretary of the NSRG’s MUSC Chapter and competed in the IADR Unilever Hatton Competition, a competition designed for junior investigators who exhibit potential for a productive career in dental research.

“The Gert Quigley Fellowship provides an important opportunity for AADR student members to learn how the federal legislative process has a direct impact on dental, oral and craniofacial research funding and the care delivery system,” said AADR Chief Executive Officer Christopher H. Fox. “This Fellowship not only exposes participants to Capitol Hill and its key players, but also allows the Fellows to see how AADR develops its policy priorities and advocacy initiatives. We believe Alexandra will be a great addition to our cohort of previous Fellows and look forward to working with her over the coming year.”

About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 3,400 individual members dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.

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