Alexandria, Va., USA - The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that AADR will continue the activities of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research(FNIDCR) after the latter ceases operations at the end of the year.
Recognizing the need to increase efficiency, eliminate duplication of advocacy efforts, provide a stronger voice for patient advocates, and provide greater support for the NIDCR director, the FNIDCR Board of Directors voted unanimously to cease operations as of December 31, 2015, and transfer programmatic activities of FNIDCR to AADR effective January 1, 2016.
FNIDCR President Christian Stohler commented that, “Although this was a challenging decision for the FNIDCR Board, it was the right thing to do on behalf of all of the NIDCR stakeholders and to streamline our activities under AADR.”
"AADR is excited about pursuing the activities formerly conducted by FNIDCR and supported by such key stakeholders as the ADA, ADEA, dental industry, dental schools and patient advocates. This new arrangement will enable the dental, oral, and craniofacial community to speak with one voice on Capitol Hill and amplify our efforts to educate the public about the important role of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research," said AADR President Paul Krebsbach.
AADR will also add the patient advocacy community to its governance, advocacy and programmatic activities. Specifically, the FNIDCR Patient Advocacy Council will be incorporated into the AADR governing structure and the AADR Board will appoint a patient advocate representative to become a member of the AADR Board of Directors. During the upcoming year AADR will work closely with longtime FNIDCR supporters to ensure a smooth transition of activities to AADR, maintain and strengthen the FNIDCR brand, and to enhance support of NIDCR.
Look for exciting developments from AADR in the early months of 2016, including February 23, 2016 Advocacy Day under the AADR and FNIDCR banner.
About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with more than 3,700 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.aadr.org.