Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research (CIOHTR)

Welcome to the new Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research (formerly the Center for Dental Informatics) at the School of Dental Medicine. Our pursuit in research is creating innovative solutions to improve patient care and outcomes, as well as reduce costs.

We are taking advantage of the numerous internal and external opportunities now developing with regard to translational research to join with our already successful informatics enterprise, and recruiting new Center affiliates, including individuals from a wider range of academic disciplines, and to support our members in their pursuit of funded research and implementation of novel approaches that will advance the Center’s research objectives.

Our Mission

The overarching mission of the Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research (CIOHTR) is to support research and education aimed at improving delivery of dental care and patient outcomes, as well as treatment of oral and maxillofacial conditions, particularly those related to systemic health.

CIOHTR is expanding past the scope of CDI by building upon its worldwide reputation for fostering creative research on translational problems from an informatics perspective and increasing its faculty affiliations and resources to address larger problems, such as how to build a learning health system responsive to research findings to improve timely delivery of quality oral healthcare. (Continue reading about Our Mission and collaborations.)

Who We Are

Our core faculty consists of an interdisciplinary team of specialists with primary faculty appointments throughout the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Science Schools and Departments:
  • Executive Director:  Dr. Heiko Spallek, Office of Faculty Affairs, School of Dental Medicine
  • Director of Translational Research: Dr. Bernard Costello, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dental Medicine
  • Director of Translational Research Methods: Dr. Tanja Bekhuis, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine

Research Spotlight

  • The Center is working with an interdisciplinary team of faculty to creating multimedia learning modules to train the future doctors and nurses at the University of Pittsburgh in treating chronic pain. Learn more about CoEPE Pittsburgh.