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Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating 75th Anniversary of NIDCR

Alexandria, VA –The United States Senate has passed a resolution, requested by the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR), celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).  

The bipartisan resolution (S.Res.605) commends NIDCR for 75 years of scientific achievements that have dramatically improved the nation’s oral health, and declares the Institute a “vital, venerable, and essential component” of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and America’s overall public health and science strategy.

The resolution, which passed unanimously on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mike Braun (R-IN). A parallel resolution (H.Res.1078) was recently introduced in the U.S. House by Representative Brian Babin, DDS (R-TX).

“I congratulate NIDCR on reaching this notable milestone,” said AADOCR President Dr. Effie Ioannidou. “This resolution recognizes the Institute’s decades of success advancing America’s oral and overall health. I thank Senator Cardin, Senator Braun, and Dr. Babin for their stewardship of this important resolution and for their staunch support of dental and oral research.”

NIDCR supports scientists across the country at all stages of their careers and funds cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical research to create the scientific foundation for oral health policy and practice. Its research findings are shared with the public, healthcare professionals, scientists, and policymakers to advance fundamental knowledge about dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease.

The NIDCR Resolution is endorsed by AADOCR, the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the Friends of NIDCR. The full text of the resolution is available here.

The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive dental, oral, and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. AADOCR represents the individual scientists, clinician-scientists, dental professionals, and students based in academic, government, non-profit and private-sector institutions who share our mission. AADOCR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research. Learn more at