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ADA Extends Deadline for New Award for Standards-Related Research Papers

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2012 – The American Dental Association (ADA) has extended the deadline to accept applications for the new John W. Stanford New Investigator Award to Sept. 30. The extension provides busy applicants enough time to apply for this award that highlights the crucial role dental standards play in assuring patient health and safety and the efficacy of dental products. 

Dental standards are developed by dental professionals to establish specific technical, performance and/or safety requirements for dental products. The John W. Stanford New Investigator Award was designed to encourage dentists and dental students to conduct standards-based research and standards development.

Dental students and dentists who have earned their dental degree no earlier than 2007 are eligible to apply for the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award. Applicants are required to submit an original research report that could be published and must submit an explanation of how the research incorporates current dental standards and/or contributes to the development of dental standards. Applications, which can be downloaded from the ADA website, are due Sept. 30.

The awards committee is composed of an ADA board member as well as leaders from the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products. The awards committee, along with the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, will select the winner and will announce the winner in December.  The winner will receive airfare and a two-night hotel stay to present his or her award-winning paper in March 2013 at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 106 on Dentistry Meeting in Seattle.  The winner will also be announced in the ADA’s member publication, ADA News, and the winning paper will be eligible for publication in a dental journal.

The ADA has played a key role in the development of dental standards since 1928.  A team of expert volunteers from the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group, both of which the ADA administers, conducts national and international dental standards development work.  The namesake of this award, the late Dr. John W. Stanford, was a pivotal force in dental standards development for more than 40 years and was responsible for the establishment of the ADA’s current standards program. 

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