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AADR Announces AADR MIND the Future Mentees

Alexandria, Va., USA – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is pleased to announce the 10 program participants/mentees for the inaugural class of the AADR Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future (AADR MIND the Future).

AADR MIND the Future is part of a five-year, over $1.3 million grant funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) designed 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.

The program will offer one year of educational activities and interactive opportunities between mentors and mentees to support the development of a diverse oral and craniofacial biomedical research workforce.


The selected mentees are:

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


“AADR is pleased to be partnering with NIDCR on this  mentoring network program along with co-Principal Investigators Effie Ioannidou, University of Connecticut, Farmington, and David Drake, University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City, 11 institutions and a nationwide management and advisory committee to develop a diverse dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce for the future,” said Christopher H. Fox, AADR Chief Executive Officer and Principal Investigator of the NIDCR grant.

More information about AADR MIND the Future is available online.

The AADR MIND the Future program is supported by NIDCR grant UE5DE029439 in response to  RFA-DE-19-007: NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce.

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About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 3,100 individual members in the United States, dedicated to driving dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being through discovery and dissemination. The AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more, visit


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