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ADA Accepting Applications for Investigators in Dental Informatics Award

Applications due Feb. 1, 2015

August 06, 2014

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E-mail: mediarelations@ada.org (Journalists) or Contact ADA (All Others)

The American Dental Association (ADA) is accepting applications for the 2015 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award, created to encourage interest in dental informatics standards among dental students, new dentists and dentists pursuing post-doctoral studies. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2015, and a winner will be selected in May 2015.

The winner of the 2015 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award will receive airfare and accommodations to present the winning project in November 2015 at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The ADA defines informatics as the health information technology discipline that makes appropriate health information available as needed to authorized users with the assurance of confidentiality safeguards. The goal of the ADA SCDI is to help dentists streamline and empower their practices through the use of information technology. The SCDI develops standards for choosing the hardware, software and digital imaging solutions to create a fully computerized practice.

As chairman of the ADA SCDI from 1999-2006, Dr. Ahlstrom brought together dental informatics experts from across the dental profession, leading the group’s successful efforts to develop standards for information exchange, clinical informatics systems and knowledge management. Dr. Ahlstrom led the achievement of results such as specific criteria for the exchange of clinical dental data used in patient treatment throughout the health care system.

Please visit ADA.org/dentalstandards to apply for the award and for more information about the ADA Standards Programs. 

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About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 159,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org