ENACT Director Julie Keysor co-directs new Boston University Mobile Health Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC)

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March 21st, 2017

ENACT director Julie Keysor, with co-directors Lisa Quintiliani and Belinda Borrelli, recently received an internal award from the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research to lead a new Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC) project with the goal of advancing the science of mobile and electronic health at Boston University.

The ARC is an interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together researchers from across Boston University—including colleagues from the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and College of Engineering—to conduct research in mobile health (mHealth) and electronic health (eHealth) to improve the health of underserved populations across the lifespan. The project will also conduct training activities at the university designed to enhance the competencies of researchers interested in mHealth and eHealth and to support the development of interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Dr. Keysor is PI for one of three pilot projects included in the ARC initiative to build effective mHealth and eHealth applications on the basis current, evidence-based research. Keysor’s project, “Development of a Novel e-Health App for Knee OA Exercise Adherence,” will develop features of a new mobile application to support adherence to physical activity programs among people with knee osteoarthritis (OA), a group among whom physical activity levels are notoriously low. Based on this feedback, investigators will develop a prototype and intervention program followed by user testing.