I’d like to personally welcome each of you to the 2013 mHealth Training Institute on our campus. The institute builds up on the successful tradition of mHealth Institutes organized by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences (OBSSR) at NIH.
It is an exciting time for mHealth as mobile phones and biosensing devices become an increasingly important platform for the delivery of personalized health care. As these mobile devices become more powerful and ubiquitous, they are rapidly transitioning from facilitative tools for everyday activities such as communication, getting directions and finding restaurants to devices used to track, manage and improve our health. The promise notwithstanding, there are also large challenges to the development and widespread adoption of mHealth technologies.
Our mHealth Training institute seeks to address the growing concern that the evolving mHealth technologies and approaches ultimately may have little clinical uptake and minimal public health impact because they are being developed within disciplinary siloes. Because mHealth is inherently interdisciplinary, the institute will provide a transdisciplinary forum to enable interaction and exchange of expertise between the various stakeholders involved with the development and application of mHealth technologies. Equally important, the institute also strives to educate the next generation of mHealth specialists and thought leaders, providing them with opportunities for the interdisciplinary interactions and alliance building that often lead to new breakthroughs, insights, and paths of inquiry.
On behalf of the organizing faculty and the UCLA mHealth community, I would like to thank each of you for attending the institute and bringing your expertise and experiences to our gathering. Beyond the training institute, I hope that you will have opportunity to enjoy our world-class facilities and experience UCLA’s vibrant culture of scholarship, teaching and service.
University of California, Los Angeles
The mHealth Institute will be held in the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Nestled between the hills of Bel-Air and nearby Beverly Hills, the 430-acre UCLA campus features stunning architecture, beautifully landscaped grounds, and a tranquil environment conducive to scholarship. The state-of-the art conference facilities of the CNSI are sited within an architecturally significant building designed by Pritzker-prizewinner Rafael Viñoly.