Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCSD

Dr. Eric Hekler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems within the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD, and the faculty member of the Design Lab at UCSD. There are three interdependent themes to his research: 1) advancing methods for optimizing adaptive behavioral interventions; 2) advancing methods and processes to help people help themselves: and 3) advancing research pipelines to achieve efficient, rigorous, context-relevant solutions to support the broad vision of Precision Health, called Agile Science (www.agilescience.org). He has over 100 publications that span the many disciplines he contributes to including behavioral medicine, psychology, human-computer interaction, public health, exercise physiology, and control systems engineering along with a track record of successful funding. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the area of digital health as exhibited by his active role as a keynote speaker and organizer of international events, participation in expert consensus meetings, and active member of NIH study sections.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2019 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: To even more effectively push towards creating benefit for broader public health, precision medicine has to reach beyond disease identification and treatment and should aim for innovative disease prevention. As a critical element on the path towards this goal, precision medicine must incorporate data from various sources including environmental factors as well as social determinants of health. Besides the actual acquisition of this data, new technologies are required to dynamically integrate and analyze such type of information. All of these aspects will be the focus of this session.

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