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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:29:29 +0000
From: "Intille, Stephen"
Subject: Talk Tue 11 AM: Jakob Bardram: On the Design of Personal Health Technologies for Mental Disorders

Tue Jan 26, 11-12 AM
177 Huntington (12th floor conference room)*

On the Design of Personal Health Technologies for Mental Disorders

Professor Jakob Bardram
IT University of Copenhagen


Mental disorders like depression and bipolar disorder impose a very high societal burden in terms of cost, lost productivity, morbidity, suffering, and mortality, and is a leading cause of disability and disease burden worldwide. According to EU, depression-related diseases are among the most pressing public health concern today, and account for more than 7% of all estimated health and premature mortality costs in Europe, only exceeded by heart disease and cancer. According to WHO, mental health is the fastest growing chronic disease and is one of the leading causes to disability worldwide.

In this talk I will present our research into the design of personal health technologies for patients suffering from mental disorders. Based on research done as part of the EU-funded MONARCA project, I will present the user-centered design of the technology and present results from clinical pilot trials. I will also share our experience in being part of “real” randomized clinical trial that seeks to establish clinical evidence for the efficacy of personal health technology in improving treatment outcome. I will reflect upon the challenges of combining a user-centered, agile, flexible design process with a rigorous clinical trial.

* If you do not work in 177, email s.intille@neu.edu if you plan to attend so your name can be added to visitor list at the front desk.

Prof. Bardram's Bio:

Jakob E. Bardram is a professor at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) and runs the Pervasive Interaction Technology Laboratory (PIT|LAB). Prior to this position, he was an associate professor at the Computer Science Department, University of Aarhus and the co-founder and first manager of the Danish Centre for Pervasive Healthcare. His research interests are Pervasive/Ubiquitous Computer Systems, Object Oriented Software Architecture, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW); and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). The main application area of this research is within healthcare, especially Pervasive Healthcare. In the summer of 2006 he co-founded the company Cetrea A/S, which specialize in the development of pervasive computing technology for hospitals. The products and technologies of Cetrea is based on research done in the Interactive Hospital (iHospital) project. He also helped found CLC Bio A/S which develops bioinformatics software. Dr. Bardram has previously held positions as project manager and IT architect at IBM Denmark, where he architected and managed several e-business projects. And he has been an industrial research fellow at CSC Scandihealth, where he worked with software architectures for cooperative systems in hospitals. Dr. Bardram received his PhD in computer science in 1998 from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Since returning to academia in 2001, he has been involved in several R&D Projects with industry. He has coedited a book on Pervasive Healthcare and has co-edited a special issue of Pervasive Healthcare in the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine. During his scientific career, Jakob Bardram has published more than 50 original papers in international scientific books, journals, and conference proceedings.