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Abby King Discusses the Key for Behavior Change at mHealth Connect

At last week’s mHealth Connect, Abby King highlighted the need to personalize incentives for behavior change. How to select the right approach for motivating an individual, though, should come from an analysis of the individual’s behavior, not from asking the individual about her preference.

Read more about this idea in a piece written by David Shaywitz, the moderator of the panel on which Abby King participated. A recording of the discussion will also be available. To sign up to receive notification of the recording’s availability, click here.   To learn more about mHealth Connect and the issues around wearables that are being tackled, click here.


Announcing Panel Discussion “Consumer Wearables: The Path to Clinical Application”

As the wearables market continues its remarkable growth, there is an increased awareness and interest to utilize this technology for clinical and research purposes. The ability to gather information from patients 24/7 on a long-term basis and to study and influence the behaviors and health of millions of individuals in real-time has the potential to radically transform medicine, health policy, and biomedical research. How close is this vision to becoming a reality? What are the barriers to this vision and what can be done to overcome them?

This panel features four individuals who are paving the way for the use of physical activity wearables and apps for clinical purposes. They will describe how they are leveraging consumer devices and apps for a diverse set of clinically related applications, ranging from orthopaedic diseases to autism to health promotion. In the follow-up discussion, they will describe the challenges they have encountered along the way and share their thoughts on what it will take to fulfill the vision of using consumer wearables for clinical and research applications.

When:  Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 9:45am – 11:00am Pacific Standard Time

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Leveraging Information Technologies and Citizen Science for Population-Wide Health Promotion
Abby King
Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)
Stanford University 

Physical Performance Monitoring: Making Fitness Trackers Clinically Relevant
Matthew Smuck
Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Stanford University

Sensing Movement and Activity through First Person Vision
Jim Rehg
Professor in the School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Mobile Device as a Sensor for Worldwide Physical Activity and Health
Jure Leskovec
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University

Panel Discussion:  Moderated by David Shaywitz, Chief Medical Officer, DNAnexus

Follow the event on Twitter:  #mHealthConnect.

This session is part of the mHealth Connect workshop, an event sponsored by the Mobilize Center and the Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge Center, two of the National Institutes of Health’s Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence.

Call for Applications: Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows

Interested in performing cutting-edge research at the intersection of big data and medicine?  The Mobilize Center at Stanford University has openings for several Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows. The Mobilize Center brings together leading data science and biomedical researchers to use innovative data science techniques, combined with state-of-the-art biomechanical modeling, to integrate and understand the diverse data sets available on human activity and movement–from wearable sensors and mobile phones to clinical data to data from research labs. To learn more or to apply, visit


Women in Data Science Conference

We are excited to announce our participation in the first Women in Data Science Conference.  If you want to hear what women in data science are doing, learn more about how to educate and support women who are doing data science, or just want to meet other women in data science, come join us.  The list of all-female speakers is impressive!

Date: November 2, 2015
Location: Stanford University Alumni Center, Stanford, CA
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