Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 NIH Mobile Health (mHealth) Summer Institute

2011 NIH Mobile Health (mHealth) Summer Institute - Accepting Applications Now

mHealth Research

Enhancing health through the use of mobile technologies

Using mobile technologies to more rapidly and accurately assess and modify behavior, biological states and contextual variables has great potential to transform medical research. Recent advances in mobile technologies and the ubiquitous nature of these technologies in daily life (e.g., smart phones, sensors) have created opportunities for research applications that were not previously possible (e.g., simultaneously assessing behavioral, physiological, and psychological states in the real world and in real-time). The use of mobile technology affords numerous methodological advantages over traditional methods, including reduced memory bias, the ability to capture time-intensive longitudinal data, date- and time-stamped data, and the potential for personalizing information in real-time. However, challenges in mobile health (or mHealth) research exist. Importantly, much of the work being done in mHealth arises from single disciplines without integration of the behavioral, social sciences and clinical research fields. Without integration, mobile technologies will not be maximally effective. is unlikely in other discipline or trade-specific venues.

The mHealth Summer Institute is designed to provide early career investigators with an opportunity to learn about mHealth research in a collaborative team environment with mentorship from leaders in the fields of engineering, medicine and the behavioral and social sciences.

The week-long Institute provides participants with an overview of the engineering, behavioral sciences and clinical aspects of mobile and wireless research. Participants will spend their mornings in dyadic sessions with experts from across the mHealth spectrum and the afternoons in development of a team project. The week with conclude with a review of team concept projects by multi-disciplinary experts.

Candidate Requirements:

Hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, etc.), in any of the following:

  • Social and Behavioral sciences
  • Medical and Health sciences
  • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences
  • Computational sciences and Mathematics
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three or more years of post-degree professional experience also qualify).

Early career investigators: have received a terminal degree within the past five years, except applicants with a MS in engineering who can apply within 3-8 years of their terminal degree, and have not been tenured.

Interest in the multidisciplinary science of mobile and wireless technologies

Applicants are NOT required to be citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals of the United States. HOWEVER, expenses will only be paid for domestic (within the U.S.) travel. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to use the training to inform research on health problems.

The complete application can be found at:


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