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Apply now for dental informatics standards award

September 03, 2015

The ADA is accepting applications for the 2016 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award, which highlights the crucial role dental informatics standards play in dentistry.

Dental students and dentists who have earned their dental degree no earlier than 2010 and dentists pursuing an additional degree or specialty are eligible to apply.

Permissible application submissions include an original standards-related research report that has been completed within the award calendar year but not published; a standards-related article that was published within the award calendar year; and a standards-related poster that was presented within the award calendar year.

Submissions must address some aspect of the utilization of informatics standards in the research and development of dental information systems, dental imaging systems or the electronic health record.

The 2015 Ahlstrom winner was Dr. Emilia Taneva, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, for her paper “3-D Evaluation of Palatal Rugae for Human Identification Using Digital Study Models.”


Her winning research focused on evaluating whether 3-D scanning technology could facilitate the computerized matching of palatal rugae patterns for identity verification and identification, similar to the way fingerprints are assessed.

Winners of the Ahlstrom award, which is named after the first chairman of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, receive airfare and a two-night hotel stay to present their paper at ADA’s annual meeting. In 2016, the meeting will be in Denver in October.

The application deadline is Feb. 1. For application materials or more information on the award, visit ADA.org/dentalstandards.