ADA Foundation Research Facility Formally Dedicated as Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center

The ADA Foundation’s research center formally dedicated the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC), named for Anthony Volpe, DDS, MS, a long-time advocate for dental research who in 2013 retired as Vice President of Clinical Research and Scientific Affairs at Colgate-Palmolive. Members of the ADA Foundation Board of Directors and the American Dental Association Board of Trustees, along with representatives from Colgate-Palmolive Company and staff and researchers from the VRC, recently gathered for the ceremony.

“Today, we proudly honor Dr. Anthony Volpe’s steadfast commitment to scientific excellence and his valuable contributions to all areas of dentistry including industry, practice and academia.  The new Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center will serve as a strong testament to his lasting legacy among dental professionals at Colgate and the global dental community,” said Ian Cook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colgate-Palmolive. “On behalf of Colgate, we are delighted that the new laboratory facility bearing his name will continue to support our ongoing mission to help improve oral health around the world by fostering the next generation of dental researchers.”

The renaming was announced on Sept. 19, 2013, as part of a joint initiative among the ADA Foundation, the American Dental Association (ADA), and Colgate-Palmolive Company, to enhance the ADA Foundation’s existing dental research laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md., and to support and encourage promising young researchers.

“This research center has a long and distinguished history of innovations that have changed dentistry worldwide.  Now, with our focus on new technologies and therapies, and in identifying and supporting the next generation of researchers in oral health, this new collaboration provides great momentum,” said Dr. David Whiston, president of the ADA Foundation Board of Directors. “We are pleased that Colgate shares our desire to honor our past successes, and those of Dr. Volpe in this way, and to foster new talent from which the next Tony Volpe may arise.”

“The VRC is one example of how the ADA, ADAF and Colgate-Palmolive share a collaborative commitment to advancing the science of dentistry,” said ADA President Dr. Charles Norman.  “The cutting edge work being done here ensures the dental profession has access to the best basic and clinical knowledge for the good of the patients we serve. For 80 years, VRC scientists have played a major role in developing many of the innovations used in dental clinics today throughout the world. It’s a legacy this facility will continue to build and expand on in the decades to come.”

In addition to renaming the research center, the initiative will fund a distinguished researcher as the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Fellow. The initiative will also provide permanent support for the ADAF’s Colgate Dental Student Conference on Research, an event that annually attracts about 50 of the most promising dental students from the U.S. and Canada to the VRC. The purpose of the event is to introduce dental students to scientists from the ADA Foundation’s Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center, the ADA, industry, academia, and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in an effort to raise their awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research.

Dr. Volpe 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 played a leadership role in developing other novel measurement procedures and has led breakthrough clinical research on plaque and gum disease control. He has been a teacher and mentor to generations of researchers and thereby has left his mark on oral health research worldwide.

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.

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

About Colgate-Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly 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 as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, 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 The 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