ADA Foundation Names Dr. Thomas C. Hart Director of the ADAF Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center

The ADA Foundation (ADAF) has named Dr. Thomas C. Hart as the new director of the ADAF Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC). His tenure at the helm of the VRC will begin April 2, 2015.

A distinguished scientist, academic, researcher and mentor, Dr. Hart currently serves as professor of periodontics and director of Craniofacial Population Sciences Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. He also currently serves as the chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia and a D.D.S. degree from Emory University in Atlanta.  He later earned a Ph.D. in human genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In addition to his substantial academic and research experience, Dr. Hart has clinical experience as a practicing dentist in one of the largest dental practices in North Carolina, located in Winston-Salem. He also has extensive experience working in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in the National Institutes of Health, where he served as chief of the Human Craniofacial Genetics section of NIDCR from 2003 to 2010, and as clinical director of that same institute from 2003 to 2008.

Formerly known as the Paffenbarger Research Center, the 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 of biomaterial and tissue engineering technologies.

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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. In 2013, the ADA Foundation provided more than $1,371,000 in grants, scholarships, and awards to programs that are in alignment with the organization’s four mission pillars: Charitable Assistance, Access to Care, Research, and Education (C.A.R.E.). As part of these efforts, the ADA Foundation provides funding to Give Kids A Smile®-related efforts and also oversees the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center in Gaithersburg, MD (formerly the Paffenbarger Research Center). For more information about the ADA Foundation, visit