Center for Dental Informatics

Contact: Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD: For immediate release (03/06/10)

University of Pittsburgh Center for Dental Informatics presents research at the 2010 AADR Annual Meeting

The Center for Dental Informatics (CDI) at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, recently presented the results of five research projects at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research ( in Washington, DC. The meeting, held from March 3-6, 2010, brought together dental researchers and educators from the US and other countries.

The projects presented several vignettes of the comprehensive research program on the clinical use of computer technology at the CDI. The five studies presented as abstracts included: the feasibility of using electronic dental records in practice-based research networks (PBRN); the development and evaluation of a natural language interface for clinical data entry; the evaluation of a survey methodology for the validation of information items for general dental records; the development of an automated classifier for clinical findings and planned procedures; and the evaluation of a Web site for supporting an online community for dental informatics.

Research in these areas continues at the CDI in order to improve patient care outcomes by providing better computer-based tools to support the work of dental clinicians. Current projects include designing a 3-dimensional model for information representation; developing a natural language interface for computer-based dental records; and creating and evaluating a comprehensive vocabulary for use in dentistry.

For more information, please see the Center's Web site at

Abstracts presented at the AADR 2010 Annual Meeting:

Titus Schleyer. Feasibility of an electronic dental practice-based research network. Abstract number 428.

Jeannie Irwin, Lee Christensen, Henk Harkema, Titus Schleyer, Heiko Spallek, Peter Haug, Brian Chapman, Wendy Chapman. A speech-to-chart prototype for automatically charting hard tissue exams. Abstract number 513.

Amit Acharya, Thankam Thyvalikakath and Titus Schleyer. Feasibility of Delphi Methodology to validate dental information items list. Abstract number 517.

Danielle Mowery, Titus Schleyer, and Wendy Chapman. Distinguishing existing findings from planned treatments in dictated dental exams. Abstract number 519.

Heiko Spallek, Jeannie Irwin, and Titus Schleyer. The Dental Informatics Online Community. Abstract number 877.