This course is supported, in part, by an educational grant from The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Thursday, October 5, 2017 – Invitation Only
12:00pm-1:00pm (1 CE hr)
This presentation will provide an introduction to NIH and NIDCR and an overview of NIDCR-supported research. NIDCR funds a dynamic portfolio of dental, oral, and craniofacial research spanning basic, translational, behavioral and clinical research domains, and supports a strong research workforce through training and career development awards. NIDCR-supported basic research provides an important foundation from which the development of many therapeutics and products emerge. This presentation will highlight exciting new dental, oral and craniofacial research results, tools and technology developments, and NIDCR’s efforts to address public health concerns. NIDCR hopes to actively engage current and future dentists in oral health research advances through participation in National Dental Practice-Based Research program and small business opportunities. Looking to the future, NIDCR is implementing a long-term visioning plan – called ‘NIDCR 2030’ – to engage the community and generate bold research goals to be achieved by year 2030. In response to community ideas and participation, NIDCR is developing innovative research areas, promoting emerging science, and encouraging the public to participate in guiding future research directions.
- List some of the training and career development opportunities available through NIDCR’s intramural and extramural programs.
- Understand the general process and gain a sense of the timeline for a basic science research discovery to lead to the eventual development of a product or therapy.
- Describe tools and technologies, developed through NIDCR research support, that aid in the monitoring of health and detection and treatment of diseases and disorders.
- Relay how dentists can actively partake in dental, oral and craniofacial research activities through their clinical practice
Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD is the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. She also is Chief of the Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The NIDCR mission is to improve dental, oral and craniofacial health through research, research training, and dissemination of health information. It is our vision that these activities will be recognized as a catalyst of change in transforming how oral health care is delivered.
Prior to becoming NIDCR’s director, Dr. Somerman was dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, a position she held from 2002-2011. Before joining the University of Washington, she was on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, from 1991 to 2002, and University of Maryland, 1984-1990. An internationally known researcher and educator, Dr. Somerman’s research has focused on defining the key regulators controlling development, maintenance and regeneration of dental-oral-craniofacial tissues. Further, she has been a recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout her academic career, including most recently the 2016 American Academy of Periodontology Distinguished Scientist Award.
Dr. Somerman holds a D.D.S. from New York University, a certificate in Periodontology from Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, New York and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry.