NIH's Bill Riley to keynote 2018 mHealth Technology Showcase

William (Bill) Riley, Ph.D., Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 mHealth Technology Showcase, which will bring together technology developers, health researchers, and federal program staff on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 4 in the Natcher Auditorium at NIH, with a grant-writing workshop from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

The goal for the meeting is to discuss how the mobile health (mHealth) research community can work together to improve the specificity, reliability, and validity of health indicators extracted from data collected from wearable and mobile sensors, in the context of rapidly evolving and increasingly complex and diverse technologies. 

Riley, who is also Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, has been with NIH since 2005 and has been director of OBSSR since August 2015. His previous work at NIH has included posts with the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Cancer Institute. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Florida State University, and also has an appointment as a professorial lecturer in the School of Public Health at George Washington University. Riley's research interests include behavioral assessment, psychosocial health risk factors, tobacco use/cessation and the application of technology to preventive health behaviors and chronic disease management. 

Registration and attendance for the showcase is free, but space is limited. Applications are being accepted for those who want to present their research or demonstrate their technology. Applications will be selected based on the strength of the data presented that supports the specificity, reliability and validity of the technologies used for the health application identified. The application deadline for speakers, poster presentations and technology demonstrations is April 1, 2018, and applicants will be notified by April 20.

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What you can expect from the daylong meeting:

● A technology showcase with presentations, demonstrations and posters

● A roundtable with details of active and open funding opportunities and interaction with federal staff (e.g., NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies)

● Networking opportunities with other technology developers and health researchers

● A post-meeting grant-writing workshop presented by NIH and NSF program officers

Who should attend:

● mHealth technology developers from academia and industry

● Health researchers who have applied or are interested in using mHealth technologies for studying behavior, monitoring therapy, or as an intervention tool

● Federal staff interested in the role of mHealth in improving health

● Researchers from all career stages interested in establishing collaborations

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