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Dental Informatics

Research / Project Support

Research

What do you need to know?

  • Research use starts and ends with a valid research question.
  • There is an interactive research process map to help guide you.
  • All research is maintained through the University‚Äôs eResearch system.

How is Dental Informatics supporting it?

  • DI can coordinate with Patient Services to extract data from its sources.
  • DI can support the development of high quality research.
  • DI can help inform the research process in ways related to development of research questions, methodology, and data storage, quality and management.
  • DI can support student pathways project and is aware of numerous research resources across the University that might be of interest to you.

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Research Cohort Discovery

What do you need to know?

  • The School of Dentistry is part of a Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics (COHRI) and are members of a Dental Data Repository with the dental school data from Harvard, Tufts, UCSF, Pittsburgh, and the University of Texas.
  • As contributors, we are able to access this Big Mouth Dental Data Repository which contains millions of patient records.
  • This database is queried by i2b2, the Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) tool, which is becoming the new standard for cohort discovery.
  • This tool enables researchers to generate hypotheses by exploring de-identified patient data from not only the School of Dentistry but 5 other schools.

How is Dental Informatics supporting it?

  • DI can coordinate with Patient Services to extract data from its sources.
  • DI can assist researchers in querying this database and developing hypotheses.
  • DI can support researchers in retrieving data specifically related to the queries.

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Project Support

What do you need to know?

  • Grant research, programming, data management and project success are very important to the School of Dentistry.
  • There are numerous opportunities for collaboration across the School of Dentistry and within the University.

How is Dental Informatics supporting it?

  • DI can help anticipate technology needs or data management.
  • DI can suggest milestones and resources to support timelines and collaboration between parties.
  • DI can help you delivery technology systems to meet deadlines and also help navigate the school policies and university policies.
  • DI can help make diagrams, roadmaps, communication and implementation plans. etc.

Links to get started