Research Team Places First in App Competition

Posted on: Wednesday, 12/13/2017

Researchers, Drs. Rami Beshai ´15, Joan Pi-Anfruns, and Kumar Shah recently received a $50,000 NSF Innovation Corps grant, for a software application they developed that helps dental students and post-graduate residents in the treatment planning process of their dental implant cases.

The software, mplant™, answers the most frequent and fundamental questions related to implants, such as the type, dimensions, preparatory surgeries (bone and soft tissue grafting) and prosthetic considerations. The team developed an algorithm that provides a treatment recommendation, before a question has even been asked. The treatment plan will be accompanied by clinical photos and illustrations to help guide the student or resident through the process. The main goal of mplant™ is to provide a tool for dental students and residents to better diagnosis and improve treatment planning and execution of dental implant cases for the benefit of the patients.

A secondary goal of mplant™ is to streamline the treatment planning process in dental implant cases, from reduction of amount of paperwork to more efficient and accessible documentation process. The recommendations that will be made through mplant™  will be evidence-based and periodically updated according to the most pertinent literature.

The team’s software also placed first in the research track at the “Code for the Mission” competition – an annual App competition organized by the Office of Information Technology at UCLA. The competition came with a $5,000 prize.

mplant research team with Dean Krebsbach

The research team with Dean Paul Krebsbach. From left to right: Dr. Kumar Shah, Dr. Paul Krebsbach, Dr. Rami Beshai and Dr. Joan Pi-Anfruns with the prize money from the app competition.