Technological systems are increasingly essential to healthcare, but these systems are often unusable and inefficient. Human-Computer Interaction, the study of how humans and technologies interact, provides a variety of theories and methods that can be usefully deployed in improving the design, development, and evaluation of health technologies. In this talk, Dr. Hayes will provide an overview of HCI and design with pointers to additional resources for those who desire more study.
The promise of the All of Us (formally known as the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program - PMI-CP) rests on the capacity to recruit, measure, and engage participants at unprecedented scale. It’s aim is to include people representing all ancestries, all common medical conditions, and to enroll an exponentially greater number of participants than in any previous large cohort studies represents a grand leap forward in our approach to understanding human health.
As part of our goal of fostering discusssion among mHealth researchers, the mHealthHUB and MD2K have created a page for those interested in discussing or asking questions about MD2K software and also mHealth topics in general. Discuss@MD2K presently has categories for questions relating to the MD2K software (mCerebrum, Cerebral Cortex). The site allows users to sign in using their Facebook, Google or Github logins.
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The University of California, San Diego has an opening for an associate or full professor in mHealth and related technologies. The position is tenure-track. Applications should be submitted by March 12, 2017 for full consideration by the selection committee.
According to a job listing, candidates must have either an MD, with an MPH preferred, a PhD, or other applicable doctoral degree, and expertise in a technology-relevant field such as psychology, computer science, engineering, or cognitive science. Candidates must have current funding and a proven track record in obtaining NIH (or comparable) funding and high productivity of impactful publication in the fields of mobile health, digital behavior change interventions, social networks and health and other areas at the interface of health and technology. Proven leadership ability is also required as successful candidates will be expected to lead campus wide multidisciplinary efforts in technology and health.
Papers are now being accepted for the 1st Workshop on Digital Biomarkers, collocated with MobiSys 2017 in Niagara Falls, New York. The workshop offers a unified forum that brings academics, industry researchers and medical practitioners together and seeks novel, innovative and exciting submissions broadly related to the modeling, testing, and validation of new digital biomarkers for predicting incidence of diseases, health conditions, effects of treatments, and interventions. It also aims to start a systematic discussion among experts from different knowledge domains including mobile sensing, systems, machine learning, medicine and health sciences in order to:
Researchers are invited to submit papers for the Symposium on Big Data Analytics for IoT Healthcare, planned as part of the 5th IEEE Global Conference on Signal & Information Processing. The conference is planned for November 14-16, 2017 in Montreal.
From the announcement: "The rapid growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, as well as the public embracement of miniature wearable biosensors have generated new opportunities for personalized eHealth and mHealth services. The advantages of these services include the availability and accessibility, ability to personalize and tailor content, and cost-effective delivery. Still, many challenges need to be addressed in order to develop consistent, suitable, safe, flexible and power-efficient systems fit for medical needs. To enable this transformation, it requires multidisciplinary research, as well as close collaboration between academia and industries.
The deadline is March 15 to apply for support to attend the 5th International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM).
The National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Health Program is supporting 10 graduate students from campuses across the United States to attend ICAMPAM.
The International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behavior is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to organize the ICAMPAM 2017. The ICAMPAM 2017 will be held from June 21-23, 2017 at the NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. The conference is planning to address multiple areas of ambulatory monitoring of physical activity and movement research. The ICAMPAM 2017 conference brings together leaders from the fields of ambulatory monitoring, wearable monitors, physical activity, sedentary, movement behavior, and advanced analytics.
The 3rd ACM Workshop on Wearable Systems and Applications (WearSys), held June 19 in conjunction with the ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys2017) has issued a call for submissions for papers or posters/demos.
WearSys is focused on wearable technologies that can shape mobile computing, systems and applications research. WearSys will provide a venue for presenting current research and technology trends, and debating future research agendas of wearable technology. It will provide a forum for discussing innovative and/or ideas that have potential for significant impact. WearSys is soliciting papers of six or fewer pages that present preliminary research in prototyping a wearable system, experience in designing a novel wearable technology, or survey of useful tools for designing inter-disciplinary wearable systems and applications. The worshop encourages position papers that propose new directions for research or advocate disruptive design ideas and project applications. Also encouraged are submissions that can help bootstrap exploration of the wearable design space by the broader mobile systems community. The deadline for submissions is March 21.
The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) and the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), www.cbits.northwestern.edu, in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University have an opening for tenure-eligible faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
According to a job posting, "We are searching for an exceptional scientist to help build our research capacities in any of a number of diverse areas related to design, development, evaluation, and implementation of eHealth/mHealth technologies. The successful candidate will have demonstrated an innovative programmatic approach to his/her research, an outstanding record of scholarly publication, and a history of extramural funding."
An article published February 8 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research discusses the Connected and Open Research Ethics (CORE) initiative, a tool for researchers and Institutional Review Boards to help them share resources.
CORE, housed at the University of California-San Diego, is working to develop dynamic and relevant ethical practices to guide mHealth and digital medicine research. The paper, co-authored by John Torous, M.D., of Harvard Medical School and Camille Nebeker, M.S., Ed.D. of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Division of Behavioral Medicine at UCSD, encourages readers to join the CORE Network in order to contribute to the "bigger conversation" on ethics in the digital age.
Dr. Nebeker gave a recent webinar on Research Ethics in the Digital Age as part of the MD2K Center's webinar series.
A call for papers has been announced for the first Workshop on Digital Biomarkers, which will be co-located with MobiSys 2017. The workshop offers a unified forum designed to bring academics, industry researchers and medical practitioners together. The organizers seek novel, innovative and exciting submissions that are broadly related to the modeling, testing, and validation of new digital biomarkers for predicting incidence of diseases, health conditions, effects of treatments, and interventions.
The workshop aims to facilitate a systematic discussion among experts from different knowledge domains including mobile sensing, systems, machine learning, medicine and health sciences in order to:
- Identify new digital biomarkers capturing behavioral health, chronic and degenerative diseases
- Identify the key shortcomings of the existing mobile and wearable sensor systems, and research study software platforms (e.g., ResearchKit and ResearchStack) for digital biomarker inference in terms of scalability, customizability, and sensing affordances
North Carolina A & T State University is looking for a post-doctoral research associate in Human Factors/Cyber-Human Analytics. The position will work with graduate students and undergraduate students to conduct research in the Human Factors Analytics Laboratory and the Cyber-Human Analytics Research for the Internet of Things (CHARIOT) Laboratory. The research focuses on smart and connected health, with an emphasis on caregivers of persons with dementia. The position requires strong capabilities in synthesis and creativity to support innovation, and awareness of inclusive research practices with equitable social impacts. The postdoctoral researcher will work with multidisciplinary teams of faculty and students consisting of engineers, psychologists, medical clinicians, and artists.
The second Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is scheduled to be held Feb. 3 at Stanford University is sold out, but there are several regional events being held and thje conference will be live-streamed.
According to its website, the conference "aims to inspire and educate data scientists, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. It is a one-day technical conference that will feature the latest research in a number of domains as well as provide information on how companies are using data science to their advantage.
In addition to the Stanford conference, WiDS events are being held at 46 other locations. A list can be found here. It will also be broadcast live.
The new year promises to be an exciting one for mHealth. We thought we'd share some of the articles that look forward to 2017 (and a few that look back at 2016):
- 2017: The Year Ahead in Healthcare Information Technology — Healthcare IT News
- Eight digital health predictions for 2017 — MobiHealthNews
- CES 2017: Has tech's sensor obsession gone too far? — BBC News
- Innovation: What’s to Come in 2017 — Applied Clinical Trials
- Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact: 2016's Biggest Achievements in Medicine — U.S. News & World Report
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 mHealth Training Institute (mHTI), which will be held August 6-11, 2017 at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The application deadline is January 29. A total of 35 scholars will be selected to attend the institute.
The goal of the NIH-funded mHTI is to develop the next generation of academic mHealth researchers. The unique transdisciplinary incubator brings together researchers from disparate backgrounds for a week-long, immersive “bootcamp” in all things related to mHealth. In addition to providing the participants with a core educational grounding in transdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies essential to mHealth innovation, the mHTI seeks to instill in participants the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and connections necessary for cross-cutting research.
The day-long 2016 BD2K Open Data Science Symposium: How Open Data and Open Science are Transforming Biomedical Research, will be held Dec. 1 in Bethesda, MD and webcast by the National Institutes of Health.
The symposium, which will run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, will feature discussions with the leaders in big data, open science and biomedical research. It will also showcase the finalists of the Open Data Science Prize, an international competition that sought prototypes on how to best unlneash the power of open content and data to advance biomedical research and its application for health benefit.
Santosh Kumar, director of the MD2K Center of Excellence, will present a seminar on "Biobank for mHealth: Collecting High-frequency Mobile Sensor Data for Long-lasting Research Utility" as part of a Director's Seminar series sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health.
The seminar will be at 1 p.m. CT on November 15.
Dr. Kumar's talk will discuss the adopting an approach to collecting digital mobile sensor data in a way that allows it to be reprocessed for future research use, much in the same way biomedical studies archive specimens in biobanks for future use. The talk will also discuss current MD2K research and the software to support mHealth research studies.
To sign up for the webinar, go here.
Dr. Santosh Kumar and Dr. Gary Clifford will speak Nov. 3 at a roundtable on "Mobile Health Analytics: Addressing Disparities in the Southern United States," as part of the South Big Data Hub's monthly series on emerging data science challenges.
The webinar will be noon-1:30 p.m. EDT and can be accessed via WebEx here. Dr. Lea Shanley, South Hub co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Hub, will moderate.
The webinar will explore the science challenges of mHealth informatics, critical care data analysis and the application of signal processing and machine learning to address health disparities in the Southern United States.
A webcast on "Metabolomics and Proteomics Biomarkers Discovery and Validation in Toxicity Studies" will be presented by Richard Beger, M.S., Ph.D., Research Chemist with the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research.
About the Presentation
Metabolomics and proteomics technologies are being used in nonclinical and clinical studies to discover translational biomarkers in biofluids that would enable us to diagnose toxicity and predict toxicity before it occurs. This presentation will discuss the discovery of metabolomics and proteomics biomarkers following administration of acetaminophen in mice, rats, and children. Another study will explore biomarkers of doxorubicin cardiotoxicity.