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IOSH Becomes Newest Entity at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF) has announced that its Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) has become MCRF’s sixth core research entity. IOSH, a dental research program, uses applied, preventive and basic science research; patient and provider education; and informatics/information technology to better align medicine and dentistry in a growing effort to improve quality of patient care and lower overall health care costs.
Delta Dental awards $170,000 for dental sealant registry
Delta Dental of Wisconsin has awarded $170,000 to the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH), a division of Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF), to expand its research and development of DentaSeal. DentaSeal is a secure, web-based dental sealant registry software program developed by the DentaSeal project team at MCRF. The project team worked with Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to understand business needs of school-based sealant programs. Delta Dental of Wisconsin has supported DentaSeal since its inception.
Institute for Oral and Systemic Health receives NIH grant to enhance care of diabetic dental patients
The Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) has received a $322,500 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) grant to support a two-year diabetes study. IOSH researchers have teamed with Columbia University researchers to conduct a secondary analysis of Electronic Health Record (EHR) data to enhance care of dental patients with diabetes. They also will work to discover the best model(s) to identify existing undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes among Marshfield Clinic Health System patients and communities.
IOSH Manager Invited to Serve on Northcentral Technical College Dental Programs Advisory Board
Dixie Schroeder was recently invited to serve as an Advisory Board Member for Northcentral Technical College (NTC) Dental Programs, which is comprised of members from various organizations throughout NTC’s district who are involved in dentistry in a variety of capacities.
Integrating Oral Health into Primary Care
In a recent issue of The Commonwealth Fund, the focus was on oral health. In an article titled, “In Focus: Integrating Oral Health into Primary Care”, Dr. Amit Acharya, director of the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health in the MCRF Biomedical Informatics Research Center, discussed decision support tools that will help clinicians. One of these tools encourages primary care physicians to conduct oral examinations on their diabetic patients; another tool prompts blood glucose tests on patients with certain BMI levels and other characteristics that put them at risk for diabetes. Acharya said, “We wanted to see if we could control the inflammatory processes of gum disease by lowering the glycemic index for diabetic patients and vice versa.”
New IOSH/CIBM Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Timothy Rhoads and Dr. Katherine (Katie) Overmyer are NIDCR funded oral health informatics post-doctoral fellows , who are jointly trained by the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and the Computational and Informatics in Biology and Medicine program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Both Dr. Rhoads and Dr. Overmyer are working under the mentorship of Dr. Amit Acharya and Dr. Sanjay Shukla from MCRF and Dr. Joshua Coon from UW-Madison.