AADR Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research

Supported by The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Dental and Oral Research

The American Association for Dental Research is inviting applications from investigators for the Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research. This Fellowship has been established in memory of Neal W. Chilton, the late Executive Director of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Dental and Oral Research, a clinician and statistician who made major contributions to the advancement of clinical research in dentistry.

Task Force on Design & Analysis

The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Dental and Oral Research is a group of biostatisticians, clinicians, epidemiologists, and basic scientists with experience in oral health research and clinical trials. The membership includes individuals from universities, private research centers, government, and industry. The Task Force has its origins in the 1968 Dental Caries Conference co-sponsored by the US Public Health Service (USPHS) and the ADA, which established a standardized methodology for conducting clinical trials testing efficacy of products designed to prevent dental caries. For over thirty years, Dr. Neal Chilton, trained in both dental research and Biostatistics, almost single handedly guided the Task Force as its Executive Director. His vision and dedication had a seminal influence on the development of the Task Force into its present role as an impartial leader in the design and analysis of oral health clinical research.

The Task Force has two primary goals:
1) To foster and promote the use of sound and innovative methodologies in the design and analysis of oral health research.
2) To encourage and promote a dialogue among all stakeholders in oral health research.


The purpose of this Fellowship is to enable dental clinical faculty to obtain training in clinical research. Applicants must have completed a professional degree (preference given for a D.D.S or a D.M.D.) and hold an appointment at an accredited dental school or academic research center. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US, and members of the AADR.


Applicants must submit the following:

  • letter stating their interest in applying for the award and the role that clinical research will play in their future career plans
  • 3-4-page (double-spaced) overview of their proposed areas of training, including how the experience will affect future research to be conducted by the applicant
  • brief description of the facility/program which will provide the training
  • letter of support from the applicant’s department chair and proposed mentor
  • CV of applicant

Research Topic:

Submissions must include a plan to gain expertise in clinical research at an institution with an established clinical research capability. The training planshould allow the successful applicant to learn state-of-the-art methodology related to clinical research, including principles of biostatistical methods, epidemiology and multi-site clinical trials. The applicant may also describe a research project using the methodology in the field of oral health. After the training is completed, the applicant will be expected to submit a brief report to the AADR outlining the benefits derived from the training and his/her research training activities.


One award in the amount of $5000 will be made each year. This award is intended to provide travel and other support related to training during the Fellowship period. An additional stipend of $1500 will be awarded to cover travel costs for the awardee.


Selection of the successful candidate will be made by the Fellowships Committee of the AADR and a Task Force on Design and Analysis Committee. The Committees' decision will be made in December, 2011, and the winner will be notified thereafter. The award winner will be formally announced at the 41st Annual Meeting of the AADRinTampa, Florida, March 21-24, 2012.


This Fellowship is sponsored by a generous donation from the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Dental and Oral Research.



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