The mDOT Center is working to develop and disseminate the methods, tools, and infrastructure necessary for researchers to pursue the discovery, optimization and translation of temporally-precise mHealth interventions. Given that the inherently transdisciplinary, team-based nature of mHealth research requires scientists to cross disciplinary and institutional boundaries, training and dissemination in mHealth technologies requires a team-science approach. The mDOT Center leverages our established and mature infrastructure, widely visible mHealthHUB platform, and an experienced team to develop training and dissemination activities to involve new research groups with little or no technological expertise. By reducing access barriers, we seek to reduce the growing disparity among various research groups in using latest mHealth sensing, biomarker, and analytics technology in their research.
Envisioned as a national resource, the dissemination activities of the mDOT Center focus on informing the scientific community about the tools and processes developed by mDOT and facilitate broad distribution and optimized use of the mDOT Center technologies. Training efforts reach beyond mDOT Center affiliates to include mentorships, a scholar exchange program, and a visiting scholar residency program. Our annual mHealth Training Institute (mHTI) and other group courses and workshops are common forums that blend mDOT Center’s dissemination with direct training activities. We offer a combined approach of “light-touch” outreach using web-portals (such as mHealthHUB) with “heavy-touch” outreach activities including training sessions, workshops, and conferences to inform the scientific community about the technical capabilities and accomplishments of the mDOT Center, and to both promote and enable a broader use of the mDOT Center methods and technologies.
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The mHealthHub is a virtual forum where technologists, researchers, and clinicians connect, learn, share, and innovate on mHealth tools to transform healthcare. Its mission is to create an innovation ecosystem that fosters the collaborative team science essential for mHealth and data science innovations. The mHealthHub collaboratory offers a “watering hole” where its members can:
As part of the curriculum that the mDOT Center is providing to students in both data science and the biomedical disciplines, the webinar and lectures are designed to further the process of building the next generation of scientists capable of highly sophisticated biomedical applications.
The mHTI is a national connector/incubator/facilitator for advancing mHealth researchers with the transdisciplinary expertise and networks for co-creating practical healthcare solutions with societal impact.
Scholars develop a shared vocabulary and conceptual framework, acquire deep domain expertise in latest mHealth technologies and methodologies, and obtain the soft skills and team science abilities and connections essential for mHealth innovation.
New and established academic “unicorns” seeking to develop and implement integrated mHealth approaches to tackle healthcare problems.