Upcoming Events

  • Most of our events take place in the McKusick Conference Room at Mission Hall, also known as the Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building on Mission Bay Campus, unless otherwise noted. [Directions to CAPS]
  • RSVP to Rochelle Blanco if you would like to attend. You will need to check in at the security desk upon arrival. Mention “Town Hall” at the security desk to expedite entry approval.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

CAPS Methods Core Presents Dr. Lucy Popova – Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials: 10 Lessons I Learned from the NIH Summer Institute

This talk will provide an introduction to the NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials and the application process. It will briefly cover the lessons I learned at this two-week Summer Institute, touching on the topics of developing a research program in clinical trials, building a research team, and planning a clinical behavioral trial, with overview of decisions on randomization techniques, optimization of retention, decisions regarding outcomes, choice of control group, mediators/moderators, and reporting requirements.

Lucy Popova (PhD, Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on understanding tobacco marketing and developing effective educational messages, with particular attention on new tobacco products, such as snus and electronic cigarettes. Her current research on studying how to better communicate harm of new tobacco products is supported by a K99/R00 career development award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is also a co-PI on a pilot developmental grant to study the intersection of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and marijuana use among young adults in Denver, CO, also from NCI. Her work received Paper of the Year awards from Health Education & Behavior and Communication Methods & Measures journals. She is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Health Education & Behavior.

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2:00pm-4:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

CAPS e-Health Working Group Meeting Presents: Ed Martin, UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI)

To improve health worldwide, the CDHI team envision and realize new technologies, developed at UCSF and beyond, and evaluate them in clinical settings. Guided by science, we catalyze the new era of precision medicine.  CDHI collaborates with innovators from UCSF and beyond to envision, realize, and evaluate game-changing digital health technologies.  Focused on tangible outcomes, we support only the brightest ideas and processes that will have the greatest impact on health.  During this presentation, CDHI’s project portfolio, including several mHealth applications, will be highlighted, as well as upcoming projects that will facilitate digital health innovation.

12:00pm-1:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

CAPS e-Health Working Group Meeting Presents: Chris York, Founder of Cognitive Digital

Cognitive Digital is a behavior design, product strategy, design, and marketing firm that specializes in product guidance, UX design, visual design, and development services to startups, mature companies, hospitals, and research institutions. Cognitive Digital specializes in helping apply the best of behavioral psychology, user experience design, and startup methodologies to creating products for healthcare. Among others, we’ve designed and/or built products for UCSF, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. A significant portion of these have been research projects, and include an iPhone app that can get the user’s blood pressure from the camera (still in validation), the largest open cardiovascular study in the world, the most accurate and streamlined publicly available method for autism diagnosis, a web product aimed at helping the recently bereaved while cleverly acquiring data on sudden cardiac death (screenshot here, unfortunately not launched for another couple weeks), one of the most advanced tools for rare disease genomics, novel iPad-based tools for managing biology research on mice (interactive prototype), a tablet-driven experience for educating and empowering hospital inpatients (interactive prototype), and a multi-platform experience around enhancing Truvada adherence. Cognitive Digital has also done a fair bit as far as actual clinical tools (e.g. population health management, oncology treatment recommendation engines,  platforms enabling automated/AI-driven medication titration/switching, etc).

Chris York has studied behavioral psychology at Stanford and has since been applying those skills, along with best practices in user experience and product design, to help health startups and institutions build mobile applications, interventions, and services. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and TechCrunch. He has also been a mentor with health tech incubator RockHealth, invested in a number of startups (including Spotify and Palantir), and advised companies independently and through Stanford’s StartX accelerator for health and biotech. In collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Chris has helped to design and develop PrEPmate, a platform created to help people stay adherent to their HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis medication.

12:00pm-1:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158