Friday, January 10, 2014

Mobility for renal patients with wearable artificial kidney

In the near future, chronic renal patients don't have to constantly go to the hospital anymore for a dialysis. The experts of the EU-funded NEPHRON+ project are testing a mobile artificial kidney for continuous on-body blood purification. "If tested well, the tool would be a major leap forward in renal care."


Horizon 2020 info day for procurers

This info and networking day deals with pre-commercial procurement and public procurement of innovative solutions (PCP/PPI) regarding the calls for proposals for the Horizon 2020 work programme. It is open to procurers in any area of public interest.


Final workshop of the VIGOR++ project

The VIGOR++ Workshop 2014 "Showcase of Research Outcomes and Future Outlook" aims to reach an audience that is interested in bowel diseases and in silico medicine.


ETSI eHealth workshop on Telemedecine

ETSI, the not-for-profit European Telecommunications Standards Institute, is organising a free workshop on telemedicine. The organisers are not only looking for participants, but also have slots available for demonstrators and speakers.


Med-e-Tel conference 2014

This year's Med-e-Tel conference will cover topics such as telehealth for chronic disease management, telehealth service standards, telenursing, eLearning, open source software in healthcare, eHealth in low resource settings and developing countries, and much more. An exhibition will feature telemedicine and eHealth solutions.


Blood glucose management tool gets CE label

The EU-funded REACTION project has received CE marking for their GlucoTab device. The GlucoTab, a mobile system for blood glucose management, can now be used for diabetes patients outside of clinical trials.


Survey shows interest in Health Avatar

According to a survey of the MyHealthAvatar project, a majority of respondents would be interested in a personal 'Health Avatar' to have access to their health data and share information with their doctor.


Small scale telehealth initiatives can reduce costs and help patients

In the UK, small scale telehealth initiatives have announced spectacular successes like 45% drops in hospital admissions, 30% reductions in length-of-stay and 60% fewer bed days.


EU awards 6 million to project for COPD multi-morbid patients

To help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to reduce the burden on our health systems, the EU has awarded about 6 million euros to the WELCOME project. It aims to create innovative solutions such as an integrated care management tool and a monitoring vest.


ECHAlliance @ Mobile World Congress 2014

On 24-26 February the annual ECHAlliance conference about mobile health and wellness solutions is taking place in Barcelona.


€4.9 million project helps Europeans manage their weight

The European Union has co-funded a project in which researchers and businesses join forces to help people manage their weight and increase physical exercise using emerging technologies and information systems.


EU project gives guidance to further eHealth interoperability in Europe

The EU-funded Antilope project has released guidance documents and educational material for national, regional and project-based use in order to bring eHealth interoperability in Europe to a higher level. You can also attend one of the workshops.


Let's get rid of the waiting room - Blog post by Neelie Kroes

I just saw a documentary on television about Greenland, the biggest island in the world with a surface of 2 million square kilometres and nearly 56,000 residents. In the documentary, a woman travelled 2,000 kilometres to the nearest hospital to give birth. That's about from Brussels to the South of Italy.


First Horizon 2020 calls for eHealth projects launched

The European Commission is calling for new projects. They are to be funded under the Horizon 2020 program, worth more than €15 billion over the first two years. eHealth is well represented in this. Researchers and innovators in ICT for health and care are requested to apply either before 15 April 2014 or 21 April 2015.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Call for Papers for the Cancer Forum at the American Public Health Association 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition

Call for Papers for the Cancer Forum at the American Public Health Association 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition

November 15-19, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana

Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Cancer Forum invites abstracts for oral presentations, symposia, and posters describing original research and innovative intervention programs or policies that address topics including behavioral, genetic, socioeconomic, and environmental risk factors for cancer; prevention and early detection; cancer treatment outcomes; clinical trials; cancer disparities; cancer literacy and cancer communication; and cancer survivorship. Special consideration will be given to research pertaining to this year’s conference theme, “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being.” Potential topics include:

• Advances and issues in cancer screening and new best practices

• Behavioral and policy interventions related to human papillomavirus vaccination among female and male adolescents and young adults for the prevention of cervical, anogenital, and oral cancers

• Cancer prevention including the promotion of age-appropriate cancer screenings, healthy eating and exercise, and smoking prevention/cessation

• Cancer survivorship research among all age groups, particularly as it relates to recurrence, risk reduction, and maintaining health and wellness following a cancer diagnosis

• Childhood, youth, young adult, and adult behaviors that impact the risk of cancer later in life through old age, including tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity, excessive sun exposure, infection with the human papillomavirus, excessive alcohol use, etc. and innovative interventions or policies aimed at changing these high-risk behaviors

• Cultural factors in cancer prevention, control, and survivorship (e.g., cultural barriers related to cancer screening and treatment)

• Economic evaluation of cancer prevention and cancer care

• Exploration of the public health impact of rapidly emerging discoveries and technologies in genetics and gene-environment interactions in cancer risk and prevention and the need for public and professional education related to these changes

• Health issues in cancer prevention, control, and survivorship with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries

• Innovative social media, Web 2.0, and other new technological interventions to promote cancer prevention, screening, treatment, or survivorship

• Innovative strategies to increase recruitment of minority and medically underserved populations to cancer prevention, screening, and treatment clinical trials

• Neighborhood contextual factors (examples: specific zipcodes, GIS data, urban vs. rural environments, food deserts, altitude, American Indian reservations, Appalachia) and community organizing related to cancer risk factors, access, prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship

• Outreach for cancer prevention through community health workers and other professionals

• Patient navigation, peer navigation, and/or healthcare delivery changes/models to improve delivery of and/or promote best practices in cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship services

• Screening for smoking-related cancers including lung, oral, bladder, and others

• Social determinants (conditions in which people are born, live, attend school/work and age) and their impact on the risk of cancer and innovative interventions or policies aimed at improving these conditions

• The interconnectedness of poverty and cancer among women and other vulnerable populations (e.g., LGBT, low-SES, medically ill)

• Translation of clinical and other best practices into health policy and/or the utilization of health policy to advance practices in cancer prevention, control, and survivorship

Vani Nath Simmons, Ph.D.

Assistant Member

Tobacco Research & Intervention Program

Assistant Professor

Departments of Oncologic Sciences & Psychology

Phone: 813-745-4816


Erika Litvin Bloom, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Assistant Director of Addictions Research, Butler Hospital

345 Blackstone Blvd.

Providence, RI 02906

Phone: 401-455-6577

Call for tender APP4CROSS

100.000 Euro for the design and development of a Web and Mobile Application in order to support volunteering and social services.


Wearing Your Electronics

The PASTA project develops new electronic packaging and interconnexion technology for manufacturing large area smart textiles. It also provides a new way to approach decoration and safety, sensors monitoring in mechanical construction, bed linen for hospitals, RFID for manufacturing and storage monitoring and intelligent car seat heating.