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Want to craft your own mobile health interventions, but don’t know where to start? Wondering how to make a clinically-valid design, and reach across disciplines within your university? Consider attending the NIH’s mHealth Training Institute.

The two-day sessions enable physicians, researchers, and other scientists to incorporate mobile health technologies with talks and workshops led by academic researchers in the fields of engineering, medicine, and behavioral and social sciences.

According to Wendy Nilsen, PhD, the NIH mHealth Training Institute this year will have a greater focus on design and integration. Nilsen and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research have organized previous institutes throughout the nation. Past seminars have covered topics such as machine learning and big data, as well as research design methodologies for more timely, successful clinical trials.

Attendees will work together to create an mHealth research project from start to finish in team exercises. In the past, Nilsen and other lecturers brought technology novices up to speed with the potential of technology, and brought seasoned technologists up to speed with the latest best research practices.

This training institute comes at a time when more and more organizations are looking to boost health research and clinical interventions with ubiquitous smartphone technologies, wearable devices, and sensors. The organizers note that the devices have the potential to assess behavioral, physiological, and psychological states, reduce memory bias, and boost the availability of longitudinal time-stamped data for researchers.

This year’s event will be hosted on Saturday, December 6 through Sunday, December 7, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Cost is US $170 to attend. For more details, visit their website.