ADASRI

Evidence Synthesis and Translation Research

Located at the ADA’s headquarters in Chicago, the Department of Evidence Synthesis and Translation Research synthesizes clinical research and produces evidence-based guidance that informs practice and assist patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders’ decision-making.

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Ruth Lipman, PhD
Director of scientific information
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Dr. Ruth Lipman oversees the ADA Science & Research Institute team responsible for the Oral Health Topics online encyclopedia, the monthly “For the Patient” column that appears in the Journal of American Dental Association, and responding to clinical science questions from ADA members. She is currently conducting a systematic review of the dental literature on dental care during head and neck cancer treatment. Dr. Lipman's areas of interest include epidemiology, preventive dentistry, tobacco use and smoking cessation, research dissemination and communications, and patient education.




(The following profiles are listed alphabetically.)

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Roger Connolly, MA
Health research analyst
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Roger Connolly reviews the dental literature and popular press for coverage of issues of clinical importance to dentistry and uses this information to develop and revise Oral Health Topics pages on ADA.org and keep other educational ADA resources up to date. He also supports the operations of the ADA Science & Research Institute Board of Directors and ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Roger's areas of interest include science communication, oral radiography, xerostomia, injury prevention (mouthguards), and research methodology.

Laura Eldridge, MS
Research associate, biostatistics
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Laura Eldridge is an expert on biostatistics, assisting ADASRI research projects with data collection and analysis. She is currently researching oral health disparities in the US general population as well as supporting clinical research efforts. Laura’s areas of interest include restorative materials, infection control, research dissemination and communications, and statistical analysis.

Cameron Estrich, MPH, PhD
Health research analyst
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Dr. Cameron Estrich studies trends in dental practice and treatment. She is currently researching COVID-19 incidence and infection control practices in dentistry as well as antibiotic prescription patterns among dentists and the prevalence of amalgam restorations among the U.S. general public. Cameron's areas of interest include infection control, implementation science, occupational health, epidemiology, and antimicrobial stewardship.

Joseph R. Krecioch, MA, MSc
Scientific information research associate
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Joe Krecioch reviews the scientific literature and popular press for coverage of issues of clinical importance to dentistry and uses this information to keep the Oral health Topics online encyclopedia and other educational ADA resources up to date. In addition to supporting the ADA Member Service Center in answering members' clinical science questions, he is a co-author of the upcoming ADA clinical practice guideline on X-ray use. Joe's areas of interest include craniodental anatomy and pathology, dental anthropology, clinical epidemiology, infection control, and research dissemination and communications.

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Anita Mark
Senior scientific content specialist
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Anita Mark leads the development of the “For the Patient” feature that appears monthly in the Journal of the American Dental Association. She reviews the dental literature and popular press for coverage of issues of clinical importance to dentistry and translates this information into guidance for patients and dentists alike. Anita's areas of interest include patient education and research dissemination and communications.

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Sarah Pahlke, MSc
Research assistant, clinical practice guidelines
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Sarah Pahlke searches, appraises, and synthesizes the research landscape to create clinical practice guidelines. She is a coauthor of the ADA’s upcoming guidelines on caries prevention, restorative caries treatment, and caries detection and diagnosis and is also conducting research on the utilization of patients’ values and preferences and their impact on clinical practice guidelines. Sarah's areas of interest include restorative materials, pediatric dentistry, preventive dentistry, patient education, cariology, systematic review methodology, and clinical practice guidelines.

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Lauren Pilcher, MSPH
Research assistant, clinical practice guidelines
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Lauren Pilcher searches, appraises, and synthesizes the research landscape to create clinical practice guidelines. She is a coauthor of the ADA’s upcoming guidelines on caries prevention, restorative treatments for caries lesions, and caries detection and diagnosis and has an interest in using artificial intelligence to manage and enhance systematic review development. Lauren's areas of interest include restorative materials, pediatric dentistry, preventive dentistry, patient education, cariology, systematic review methodology, and clinical practice guidelines.

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Olivia Urquhart, MPH
Health research analyst
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Olivia Urquhart manages the ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel program, which publishes quarterly survey results containing the opinions of ADA member dentists on a variety of topics and products. She is a coauthor of the upcoming ADA, University of Pittsburgh, and Food & Drug Administration systematic review and guideline for the management of acute pain in dentistry as well as a coauthor of the ADA’s upcoming systematic reviews and guidelines on X-ray use, caries prevention, restorative caries treatment, and caries detection and diagnosis. Olivia's areas of interest include preventive dentistry, clinical epidemiology, research methods, and biostatistics.

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Kathleen M. Ziegler, PharmD
Manager in Scientific Information
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Dr. Kathleen Ziegler reviews the dental literature and popular press for coverage of issues of clinical importance to dentistry and uses this information to keep the online Oral Health Topics pages and other educational ADA resources scientifically accurate and up to date. She supports the ADA Member Service Center in answering members' clinical science questions and provides scientific input to and review of various ADA communications. Dr. Ziegler's areas of interest include pharmacology and therapeutics, clinical drug information, antibiotics, and acute pain management.