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The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) began the Adopt-a-Member program in September 1996. The purpose of the program was to provide IADR members with the opportunity to support colleagues who did not have the means to become a member. Secondly, the program aimed to support oral and dental researchers in developing parts of the world with the ultimate purpose of providing a basis for a Section/Division of the IADR. In its first year, the program raised $3,343 USD for three regions: Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Due to the success of the program, Latin America was added in 1997. In August 2001, IADR began targeting Divisions/Sections in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and Latin America.

The following Divisions/Sections and regions will benefit from the 2021 Adopt-a-Member program and will be eligible for the program in future years:

  • Africa/Middle East Region:
    East and Southern Africa Division (*only low and middle income countries within the Division)
    Egyptian Section
    Iranian Division
    Iraqi Section
    Jordanian Section
    Lebanese Section
    Libyan Section
    Nigerian Division
    Pakistani Section
    South African Division
    Sudanese Section
    Syrian Section
    Tunisian Section
  • Asia/Pacific Region:
    Australian/New Zealand Division (*only low and middle income countries within the Division)
    Chinese Division
    Indian Section
    Mongolian Section
    Southeast Asian Division (*only low and middle income countries within the Division)
  • European Region:
    Continental European Division (*only low and middle income countries within the Division)
    Russian Section
  • Latin America Region:
    Argentine Division
    Brazilian Division
    Caribbean Section (*only low and middle income countries within the Section)
    Colombian Division
    Costa Rican Section
    Ecuadorian Section
    Guatemalan Section
    Panamanian Section
    Paraguayan Section
    Peruvian Division
    Venezuelan Division
  • North American Region:
    Mexican Division


  1. Contributions are collected on a “dues cycle” basis (typically August/September to August). Amounts collected in any given cycle will be available for use in the following membership year. This will ensure that funds committed to the targeted regions have actually been received.
  2. Contributions are raised via the annual invoicing process. The targeted Divisions/Sections are listed on the IADR invoice. Contributors simply select the targeted Division/Section and enter the amount contributed. Individuals, institutions and corporations are welcome to contribute funds.
  3. Memberships are only provided on a one-year basis. No multi-year commitments can be made. Fund availability is not guaranteed for future years.
  4. Funds can only be used for IADR membership with applicable Region/Division/Section dues and one included IADR Scientific Group/Network. Adopt-a-Member funds cannot be used for additional Group/Network dues or journal subscriptions.
  5. Targeted Division/Section Treasurers will be notified in September/October 2021 for all funds available for use in the 2021 membership year.
  6. Targeted Division/Section Treasurers must allocate funds by early December 2021, although names will be accepted until monies are depleted. The IADR Global Headquarters requires a spreadsheet detailing the person’s name, membership ID number, and the amount allocated for each member. If adopted members are new members, the Division/Section Treasurer must provide contact information (name, address, email, phone/fax and graduation date if student) or a completed membership application for each new member using the program's funds.
  7. All funds contributed towards the Adopt-a-Member program must be used within 2 years by the Division or Section. Funds that are not used by a Division or Section will then be transferred to a general "Division/Section in Need" Adopt-a-Member account, and these funds will be allocated to other Divisions and Sections by determination of the IADR Board of Directors and/or Chief Executive Officer.
  8. All contributors are acknowledged and listed in the IADR Annual Report. In addition, the statistics regarding the funds raised for each targeted region are disclosed.
  9. Funds may be applied to General Session registration only for individuals that are not renewed or registered for the meeting at the time of submission. All names for presenters must be received by the May 31 deadline. 

If you have any questions regarding the Adopt-a-Member Program or other IADR/AADR programs and services, please contact Riana Hays, Component Relations Coordinator via email at