The ADA Foundation, the American Dental Association, Colgate-Palmolive Company Announce Commitment to Support Dr. Anthony Volpe

The ADA Foundation, the American Dental Association, Colgate-Palmolive Company
       Announce Commitment to Support Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2013

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The ADA Foundation (ADAF),
the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Colgate-Palmolive Company today
announced a joint initiative to enhance the ADA Foundation's existing dental
research laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md., and to support and encourage
promising young researchers.

The major gifts coincide with the renaming of the ADAF lab to honor Anthony
Volpe, DDS, MS, who recently retired as Vice President of Clinical Research
and Scientific Affairs at Colgate-Palmolive. The bulk of the funds will be
used to hire a distinguished researcher as the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research
Fellow. The funds also will be used to provide permanent support for the
ADAF's Dental Student Conference on Research, an annual event that attracts
about 50 of the most promising dental students from the U.S and Canada who are
interested in careers in research. The conference, which will now be known as
the Colgate Dental Student Conference on Research, will mark its 50^th year in

"This is a milestone for the ADA Foundation and its research program," said
David Whiston, DDS, president of the ADA Foundation. "Colgate and the ADA
recognize the important history of this research facility and the role it will
play in future groundbreaking research. They are making it possible for us to
meet the ever-changing challenges of oral health care research. In addition,
it signals our strong commitment to identifying and encouraging the most
promising young researchers in the field."

"Tony Volpe has been a tireless advocate for dental research throughout a long
career," said ADA President Robert A. Faiella, DMD, MMSc. "His contributions
to dental research, dentistry and the public's oral health cannot be
overstated. But beyond that, he has been extraordinarily successful in
instilling the excitement of research in generations of young scientists. We
are delighted to honor his distinguished career and proud to place his name on
one of the world's premier dental research facilities."

Dr. Volpe has conducted clinical research programs around the globe,
establishing Colgate's important presence with all the major global dental
professional organizations. In addition to his pioneering work on the
measurement of tartar, he has played a leadership role in developing other
novel measurement procedures and has led breakthrough clinical research on
plaque and gum disease control.

"Tony's commitment to education and development embodies our dedication to the
next generation of dental researchers and continues the tradition of
scientific excellence essential to advances in oral care," said Ian Cook,
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colgate-Palmolive. "We are
delighted that the facility will bear his name as testament to his lasting
legacy among dental professionals at Colgate and the global dental community."

Dr. Volpe is the only dentist from industry ever elected President of the
ADAF. He has received many prestigious dental awards and has published more
than 200 scientific research reports in international dental journals.

Formerly known as the Paffenbarger Research Center, the newly renamed Dr.
Anthony Volpe Research Center laboratory facility is operated by the ADA
Foundation and is located on the grounds of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology, a federal government research campus, where it has
been since 1928. Previously operated by the ADA and then jointly by the ADA
and the ADA Foundation, the lab conducts unique research in cutting-edge
fields ofbiomaterial and tissue engineering technologies.

About the ADA Foundation

As dentistry's premier philanthropic and charitable organization, the ADA
Foundation is a catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a
difference through better oral health. The ADA Foundation provides educational
grants including dental student scholarships and allied dental scholarships; a
variety of grants related to access to care and oral health outreach,
including grants related to Give Kids A Smile®; and charitable assistance
through its Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Program and Relief Grant
Program. The ADA Foundation also provides funding for the Dr. Anthony Volpe
Research Center in Gaithersburg, MD (formerly the Paffenbarger Research
Center). For more information about the ADA Foundation, visit


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focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate
sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world
under such internationally recognized brand names asColgate,
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Tom's ofMaine,Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's
Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about
Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at To learn more about Colgate's global oral
health education program, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™, please visit

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association,
representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health
information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the
art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research
facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced
the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The
ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to
consumer dental care products. The monthly Journal of the American Dental
Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read
scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care
and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website

SOURCE American Dental Association; ADA Foundation

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