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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin May 2011
26 MAY 2011 As the Australian Dental Research Foundation Inc. (ADRF) moves into its fifth decade of supporting dental research in Australia, it is timely that we reflect on what everyday dentistry was like back in 1970, and what we take for granted today. Can we imagine dentistry without light-cured composite resins, glass-ionomer cements, NiTi rotary endodontics, CPP-ACP formulations, digital imaging? Yet these are now every day treatments in dental practices throughout Australia, and we rarely stop to consider how they became part of our daily routines. The profession is dependent on research and scientific evidence to continue to move our clinical practice forwards and ensure best practice treatment for our patients. As clinicians we owe a great debt to the dedicated scientists and researchers who have contributed to our knowledge and expertise. It has been noted many times that dental disease is a major burden in society and it is near the top of the list in relation to causes of distress, diminished productivity and economic loss within our community. So it would seem unjust that dental research receives nowhere near the attention and funding that it deserves. While significant research funding has benefited some specific areas of dentistry, there has been very limited support for the full range of research disciplines in dentistry other than through the continued support from the ADRF. The careers of many notable academics and lecturers in universities throughout Australia have benefited from research funding from ADRF, and assisted with providing the evidence base to ensure dental education and practice is of the highest possible standard. The evidence of this was clearly highlighted through the excellent presentations given at the recent Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane during the ADRF session 'Clinical discoveries -- discovering the science behind the clinical practice'. It is fair to state that ADRF research support has not only enhanced numerous academic careers, it has led to substantial improvements in clinical practice. ADRF RESEARCH GRANTS This year the ADRF awarded a further 42 new Research Grants, 18 Undergraduate Research Grants and two Colin Cormie Scholarships throughout Australia. In addition, the second RW Hession Award was provided to Associate Professor Tracey Winning, the University of Adelaide for her project entitled 'What defines expertise in operative technique skills in dentistry'. Professor Winning will use the award for overseas travel to work at the Institute of Human Performance at the University of Hong Kong. This biennial competitive award enables the internationalisation of Australian research and was made possible by a generous donation from Dr Reginald Hession AM, DDSc, the Patron-in-Chief of the ADRF, and it is an invaluable award for further enhancing Australian research. SUPPORT YOUR ADRF Despite the strong position held by the ADRF, the Foundation is inevitably faced with an ever increasing request to support research projects that are escalating not only in number, but also in cost, due to greater sophistication of methods and materials. Funds from external sources are scarce. Therefore, the Foundation finds it necessary to make periodic appeals to the entire dental family, the profession and industry, to help by contributing regularly as Supporting Members or Donors. THE AUSTRALIAN DENTAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION 1970--2011 Ongoing support for dental research inanewera ADRF news
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