Center for Dental Informatics

Contact: Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD: For immediate release (12/14/2005)

National Library of Medicine Funds Dental Informatics Online Community

PITTSBURGH, December 14 - The National Library of Medicine has awarded a grant of $280,000 to the Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine for the development and implementation of an online community for dental informatics researchers. For dental informatics researchers with limited resources, the online community will provide access to valuable information pertaining to potential areas of study and project development. Researchers also will be able to easily obtain the names and backgrounds of potential collaborators as well as updates on other projects. Through the online community researchers may generate project ideas for peer review and document the progress of those projects as well. Additionally, the dental informatics online community will facilitate communication among a small, diverse group of researchers located throughout the world. Members are not restricted to a specific discipline, association membership, nationality or qualification, and membership is free. The project's primary investigator is Heiko Spallek, D.M.D, Ph.D., assistant professor at the school. Dr. Spallek also has joint appointments in Pitt's Center for Biomedical Informatics as well as the School of Information Sciences. Titus Schleyer, D.M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at the school and director of the Center for Dental Informatics is co-investigator of the project. Additional collaborators are from Pitt's department of library and information science and Katz Graduate School of Business, the Dentistry Library at the University of Michigan, the medical informatics and engineering department at Sweden's Uppsala University and the Biomedical Informatics program at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The dental informatics online community Web site address is