University of San Diego awards $200,000 to health database efforts

A data sharing initiative at the University of California San Diego awarded $200,000 to five health data aggregation efforts.

The UCSD-supported California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2, is funded with a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and first launched its Health Data Exploration project in May 2014, according to a news release. All the data aggregation plans use existing data and focus on personal health and received the awards through the Agile Research Project competition.

The five award recipients include:

∙ A professor at New York University who aggregates RunKeeper data and studies the relationship between the environment and how exercise patterns vary over time.

∙ A professor at the University of Washington in Seattle that will use circadian rhythms to develop personalized models of cognitive performance.

∙ A PatientsLikeMe researcher studying the impact of merging behavioral programs with wearable medical devices for patients with multiple sclerosis.

∙ A researcher at the Center for Democracy and Technology using Fitbit to study ways for companies to use effective privacy policies during internal research to improve products and fitness results for customers.

∙ A professor at Arizona State University in Phoenix studying how smartwatches and home sensors can encourage people to stay active.

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