NIH

By Dave Muoio November 7, 2017
Fitbit devices will be the first wearables used in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, an ambitious longitudinal study ultimately aiming to collect the baseline characteristics of 1 million or more Americans. The wearable manufacturer announced that The Participant Center — a unit led by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) tasked with enrolling diverse...
By Dave Muoio September 21, 2017
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based HealthRhythms has received a $2.1 million grant from the NIH to continue investigating smartphone-based behavioral health interventions. By passively collecting various areas of users’ daily patterns, such as physical activity, sleep, and frequency of social interactions, the company aims to combat users’ depression or anxiety with behavioral suggestions customized...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2017
A team of NIH-funded researchers at Stanford University have published some results in Nature from a large global study of activity data, as collected by Azumio's Argus smartphone app. The data has yielded a handful of interesting findings that could have implications for public health programs targeting obesity. "The study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement,” Scott L...
By Gus Venditto May 17, 2017
The promise of precision medicine is starting to be realized. The combination of patient medical records and genomic data is proving to be a potent source of data for clinicians as they apply analytical tools in the search for better treatments. But one factor holds back many new initiatives. The data available for analysis is limited to the records of patients who are participating in any given...
By Bernie Monegain February 14, 2017
The Indiana University Center for Aging Research is using a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to advance the development and evaluation of a mobile Critical Care Recovery Program. The goal is to provide post-ICU patients the rehabilitation they need after being discharged from intensive care units. Two million of the five million...
By Jonah Comstock February 9, 2017
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health, has given out $41 milion in grants to four studies that will hopefully make the artificial pancreas – a long-sought, fully automated, closed-loop system for insulin regulation – a reality. Two of the studies are underway and two more are slotted to begin recruiting in the next two...
By Heather Mack November 29, 2016
The 21st Century Cures Act – a long-debated bill that would allocate extra funding to the National Institutes of Health as well as effectively speed up the FDA approval process for drugs and devices – is headed for a House vote this week. The latest version of the bill, which was released over the holiday weekend, allocates $4.8 billion to the NIH over the next 10 years. The funding would go...
By Jonah Comstock October 25, 2016
APDM, a 9-year-old Portland, Oregon company with a mission to "develop and commercialize best-in-class solutions for quantifying human movement with wearable technologies" has been awarded three NIH grants worth a total of $4.7 million. They will work with the Oregon Health and Science University on all three projects, at least one of which is in preparation for a future commercial launch. The...
By Jonah Comstock October 6, 2016
The National Institutes of Health has expanded the $120 million grant it planned to give a consortium led by the Scripps Translational Science Institute. The award, which will be distributed over the next five years, has been expanded to $207 million, though the new funds also come with new responsibilities for the consortium as part of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative. “The size...
By Heather Mack September 22, 2016
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital has been awarded a six-year, $4.4. million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) to use a mobile app to improve medication adherence by adolescent patients with sickle cell anemia. A new team comprised of healthcare professionals from St. Jude, the University of Memphis, Methodist University...