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Incorporating Mobile Exposure in Health Precision Medicine

The NIEHS Exposure Science and the Exposome Webinar Series
August 4, 2015


The NIEHS Strategic Plan places a significant emphasis on transforming exposure science through the development of new approaches to exposure assessment, the definition and dissemination of the exposome concept, and the development and demonstration of the exposome as a tool for both epidemiological and mechanistic research. In order to achieve this goal, NIEHS launched the Exposure Science and the Exposome Webinar Series on April 4, 2014 to foster discussions on international efforts in advancing exposure science and the exposome concept as well as challenges and opportunities in incorporating this concept in environmental health research (view previous webinars on YouTube).


Incorporating Mobile Exposure in Health Precision Medicine

Speaker: Santosh Kumar, Ph.D., University of Memphis

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT


In January 2015, President Obama unveiled the Precision Medicine Initiative – an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that tookinto account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. Mobile Health (or mHealth) sought to significantly contribute to realizing this vision. Advances in wearable sensing and mobile computing opened up unprecedented opportunities to quantify dynamic changes in an individual’s health state as well as key physical, biological, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease risk, anytime and anywhere. Such real-time monitoring optimized care delivery via just-in-time mobile health (mHealth) interventions. Incorporating mobile exposure assessment (e.g., geo exposure, audio exposure, visual exposure, light exposure, chemical exposure, etc.) via wearables such as smart watches could facilitate sensor-based triggering of mHealth interventions and thus improve temporal precision of mHealth Precision Medicine. This talk described the progress made by the NIH Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge towards the design of sensor-triggered just-in-time mHealth interventions.


Santosh Kumar is Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Computer Science at the University of Memphis. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2006, where his dissertation was awarded SBC Presidential Fellowship. In 2010, the Popular Science magazine named him one of America’s ten most brilliant scientists under the age of 38 (called “Brilliant Ten”) for leading the AutoWitness GPS-less burglar tracking project and AutoSense wearable sensor project for mobile measurement of stress and addictive behaviors. His current research interests include mobile sensor systems and mobile health (mHealth). He is currently director of the NIH Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge that involves 20+ investigators in computing, engineering, behavioral science, and medicine from Cornell, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Memphis, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rice, UMass, UCLA, UCSD, and UCSF.

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