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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2011
29 AUGUST 2011 2011 Australian Dental Congress Secretariat Australian Dental Association Inc. Incorporated in the ACT ARBN 131 755 989 14-16 Chandos Street St Leonards NSW 2065 PO Box 520 St Leonards NSW 1590 Telephone: (61 2) 9906 4412 Facsimile: (61 2) 9906 4676 Email: email@example.com Website: www.adc2011.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/34thADC2011 NOW AND TOmORROW BACk To ThE FuTurE: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia Wednesday 30th March to Sunday 3rd April 2011 ADC2011-Letterhead-FINAL.indd 1 3/02/10 9:14 PM tHe AuStRALiAn DentAL ReSeARCH FOunDAtiOn At tHe 34th Australian Dental Congress During the final two sessions in the scientific program of the 34th Australian Dental Congress held on Thursday afternoon, 31 March 2011, participants were given the opportunity to hear a series of presentations highlighting the support the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF) provides to scientific and clinical research in Australia and the impact this research has on our clinical practice. Three excellent presentations were provided by Dr Nathan Cochrane, Associate Professor Camile Farah and Professor Saso Ivanovski, all of whom clearly demonstrated that researchers who start their research careers with a little help from the Foundation are able to progress to well-respected and high level academic and research appointments and influence contemporary dental practice. The ADRF can certainly claim to have supported world class researchers within our universities and will continue to assist our profession. Following on from these presentations, the ADRF hosted a cocktail function in the Art Gallery of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event was financially supported by both the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) and the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) and was a celebration of the Foundation entering its fifth decade of operation since its inception in 1970 and an acknowledgment of the past 40 years where the Foundation has been the backbone and major source of research funding for many Australian researchers. The evening also provided an opportunity to thank the many members and donors who had contributed funds to the Foundation and assisted the ongoing work of the Foundation. Attending the event were many current and past ADRF Board Members, a number of past Chairmen and Executive members of the Foundation, and the Patron-in-Chief, Dr Reginald Hession, AM. In addition, there were numerous representatives from the ADA and the ADIA including the Presidents of both Associations. Their attendance clearly highlighted the commitment of both Associations to maintaining the high standings and continuation of the ADRF. SUPPORTInG dEnTAL RESEARCH Many members may not be aware that the ADRF is a joint venture between the ADA and the ADIA and that it continually provides support for research in dentistry for the purpose of improving the dental health of the community. Historically, the Foundation was established in 1970 under the name of the Australian Dental Research and Education Trust, on the initiative of the late Mr Colin Cormie, the then Chairman of the Dental Trade Association (later to become ADIA). In 1983, it adopted the name change to the Australian Dental Research Fund and then in 1996 to its current name as the Australian Dental Research Foundation. The very strong and productive partnership between the ADA and the ADIA continues, with the Chairman of the ADRF alternating between the two Associations. During the evening event, short presentations were given by the current ADRF Chairman, Professor Ian Meyers, and the Immediate Past Chairman, Mr Ian Crawford, both highlighting the many achievements of the Foundation and the need for the profession to continue to support dental research in Australia. Both speakers articulated the great support that the profession has already provided to the Foundation and that contributions to the Foundation are great investments in the future of the profession. With nearly 1,000 research grants awarded and around 500 student grants and scholarships, the ADRF continues to be the major supporter of dental research in Australia and continues to provide over a quarter of a million dollars annually for research grants. They also noted that the last few years have been difficult for the Foundation and many factors have led to a decline in the total income for the Foundation and that now more than ever, with funding under threat, the profession needs to ensure continuing financial support through supporting membership and donations. ADRF Research Grants play a major role in the successful outcomes for research and supporting Australian academic staff and many staff within our educational institutions rely on continued ADRF support. For our universities to continue to provide contemporary teaching, contemporary research is essential and without it, future generations of our profession may not be provided with the strong evidence base behind their education. ACknOwLEdGEMEnT I would like to thank all those involved in organising the ADRF sessions and cocktail function during the 34th Dental Congress, particularly the ADA and ADIA for providing financial support for the evening. Special thanks also must go to Barbara Peatman, ADRF Services Officer, for all her efforts in ensuring the success of the events at Congress. Ian Meyers Chairman Australian Dental Research Foundation
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