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Letter to the Editor published in Science magazine
Dr. Amit Acharya, Dental Informatics Scientist, and Dr. Valerie J. H. Powell, a collaborator from Robert Morris University, recently had a Letter to the Editor, entitled, “Disease Prevention: Data Integration,” accepted and published in the 7 December 2012 issue of Science magazine.  Science 7 December 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6112 pp. 1285-1286 DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6112.1285-b

2012 MCRF Summer Interns to Present Research at National Venues
Dr. Amit Acharya is proud to announce that both of the MCRF Summer Research Interns which he mentored this past summer, Lauren Janes and Onur Asan, had abstracts of their summer research projects accepted for presentation at a national venue.  Lauren’s abstract was accepted by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). She will present the results of her summer research project, “Development of Patient Friendly Education Modules Focusing on Oral-Systemic Connection” at the National 2013 ADEA, which will take place in Seattle, Washington, on March 16-19, 2013.  Onur’s abstract was accepted by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). He will present the results of his summer research project, “Understanding Dental Provider-EHRs Interaction during the Patient Visit in Dental Care” at the 2013 International HFES Annual Meeting, which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 10-13, 2013.

DI Staff Present at AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium
Several posters were presented by the Dental Informatics team members during the AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium in Chicago, IL, on November 3-7, 2012.

BIRC Guest to Present on the Triple Aim: Better Care, Better Health, Better Cost
Organized by Dr. Amit Acharya, Dental Informatics Scientist, all are invited to attend an upcoming Dental Informatics Seminar/CDE Activity on Wednesday, November 14, 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Froehlke Auditorium.  Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH; Associate Professor; Chair, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology; and Chief of Quality at Harvard School of Dental Medicine will present “One step towards the Triple Aim: The importance of a Dental Diagnostic Terminology”.  Organizations led by visionaries who believe in team work and partnership, and are aligned with the idea of integrating health care with public health and social services will be able to reach the goals of IHI’s Triple Aim: Better Care, Better Health and Lower Cost. Dr. Kalenderian will discuss how medical organizations can and should partner with the dental profession, and how the dental profession needs to prepare for this collaboration in order to reach this new paradigm shift.

Marshfield Clinic Hosts 2012 Regional Oral-Systemic Health Conference on Friday, September 14, 2012 in the Robert F. Froehlke Auditorium
The 2012 Regional Oral-Systemic Health Conference is intended for physicians, dentists, residents, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and dental hygienists. Topics chosen have appeal and applicability for providers in a variety of practice environments.

BIRC Dental Informatics Team Announces New Staff
Dr. Amit Acharya has recruited three new members to the Dental Informatics (DI) team at BIRC: Ms. Neel Shimpi, Ms. Kelsey Schultz, and Ms. Dixie Schroeder.

UW-Madison, Marshfield Clinic partner on dental informatics training grant
In April, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced that 14 five-year grants totaling more than $67 million would be awarded for research training in biomedical informatics at select educational institutions in the United States.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison, partnering with Marshfield Clinic, was one of only three sites in the nation to receive funding through this grant to provide dental informatics training as part of its biomedical informatics training program. Oregon Health and Sciences University and the University of Pittsburg were the other two sites which were funded to train dental informaticians.

MCRF Says Thank you to Delta Dental
Members of the Delta Dental leadership team visited MCRF on April 25, 2012 to learn about the advancements in oral and systemic research made possible by their $1.1 million gift in 2011. Their gift established the Delta Dental Oral and Systemic Health Research Initiative to support dental informatics, dental and craniofacial research, research on the interrelationship between diseases of the mouth and of the rest of the body and expansion of the personalized medicine project to include dental patients.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/National Library of Medicine Funds Three Dental Informatics Training Programs in the Country
On April 10th, 2012, Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), announced that NLM awarded 14 five-year grants, totaling more than $67 million, for research training in biomedical informatics, the discipline that seeks to apply computer and communications technology to improve health.

MCRF Scientist Appointed to Serve on Expert Panel on Oral Health
Dr. Amit Acharya, Dental Informatics Scientist from BIRC has been appointed as one of the 16 members from around the country by the National Quality Forum (NQF) to serve on an Expert Panel on Oral Health project. Dr. Acharya was nominated by Dr. Brian Ewert, President and CEO of Marshfield Clinic.