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SUPPORT DENTAL RESEARCH
Dental and oral health research receives very little widespread
support other than through the ADRF. Therefore, ADRF requires
significant funding to provide ongoing support to Australian
This is only possible through the generosity of people such as
you, the ADA members.
If you would like to assist the ADRF by way of becoming a
supporter or wish to make a general donation, please contact the
ADRF Services Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
All contributions are tax deductible. Your support and interest in
the Foundation is greatly appreciated, as we continue to build on
the assertion, "research supports our profession".
DONATIONS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
Support may also occur at the local level for dental research. For
example, in Western Australia, we are fortune to have the support
of the Western Australian Dental Foundation (WADF), which has
supported various projects and students since it was established.
This year, the WADF supported the UWA Dental School's aspirations
in re-building its research culture and performance. The WADF
generously donated $40,000 to purchase cutting edge equipment
including Thermo Fisher's Ion S5TM and Ion ChefTM Next-Generation
Sequencing Systems for Targeted Sequencing. The Ion ChefTM System
provides automated, high-throughput template preparation and
reproducible chip loading for users at any experience level, while the
Ion S5TM next-generation sequencing system provides the simplest
DNA-to-data workflow for targeted sequencing with industry-
leading speed and affordability; ideal for research into cancer or
Both pieces of equipment are essential in the quest for diagnostic
and prognostic biomarkers of oral cancer, the understanding of
the genetic predispositions to dental diseases such as caries and
periodontal diseases, and the association with certain craniofacial
anomalies and conditions. These are all areas of research activity
the School of Dentistry at UWA is keenly pursuing in its quest to
contribute to new knowledge and better clinical outcomes for
L to R: Dr Kate Shearston (Research Lab Manager) and Professor Camile
Farah (Head of School) with Thermo Fisher's Ion S5TM and Ion ChefTM Next-
Generation Sequencing Systems for Targeted Sequencing recently installed
at the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research and Education at the
UWA School of Dentistry.
This can only be achieved with support from organisations such
as the WADF, and in collaboration with industry partners such as
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Agilent Technologies, Olympus, Henry
Schein Halas and Colgate Palmolive who have supported these
research endeavours. Most importantly, a nurturing and stimulating
environment is provided for dental students; the dental researchers
of the future, with the support of organisations such as the ADRF.
ADRF RESEARCH GRANTS
Annually, many students receive Dental Student Research Grants
from ADRF. In 2015, two of UWA School of Dentistry's finest students
Drs Megumi Takiguchi and Borut Klopcic were awarded a Dental
Student Research Grant and a Trebitsch Research Grant respectively
for work they will undertake exploring the role of DNA damage
repair gene mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2) in potentiating and
propagating oral potentially malignant lesions and oral cancers.
Both Meg and Borut have come to dentistry with basic degrees in
science accompanied by PhD and post-doctoral research experience.
Their research projects are exciting and I am optimistic that the next
cadre of dental researchers is amongst us.
Professor Camile S Farah
Vice Chair, Australian Dental Research Foundation
Past Chair, ADRF Research Advisory Committee
Head, School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia
Director, Oral Health Centre of WA
*The original article published in the Western Articulator magazine (December
2015) has been modified for publication here with the kind permission of the
author and ADAWA.
"IT IS THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF
THE ADRF TO SUPPORT RESEARCH IN EVERY
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