ADA Forms Research Partnership with NBS to Develop Standards for Dental Materials

Originally called the ADA Research Commission, the name was later changed to the Paffenbarger Research Center, and then recently renamed the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center (VRC). Groundbreaking inventions that have emerged from this partnership include the panoramic X-ray machine, the high-speed handpiece, resin composite filling materials and dental bonding systems. The National Bureau of Standards is now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Today, NIST and the VRC continue the tradition of performing groundbreaking dental materials research and transferring scientific advances from the bench to the clinic.