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This is the blog for the public seminars for the School of Arts and Communication (K3) at Malmö University. K3 consists of several disciplines, including Communication for Development, English Studies, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media and Communication Studies, Product Design, and Visual Communication, which make it helpful to share a platform aiming at generating discussions across these various practices. The seminars are opportunities for both K3-based researchers and external guests to present and discuss their works.

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Dario Salvi: Supporting clinical research through citizens science: The Mobistudy app

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Dario Salvi, Associate Senior Lecturer in Design, K3.

The title of the seminar is Supporting clinical research through citizens science: The Mobistudy app.

This will be an online seminar, carried out through Zoom, and it will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 10.15-12.00. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/61395132889

Below you will find an abstract for the talk:

Abstract:

“Mobile health”, or m-health, is the application of mobile technologies to healthcare. M-health is on the rise. As of today, thousands of health and fitness apps are available on the app stores and private and public investments in this technology are soaring. This is also being amplified by the current pandemic, in which health care systems are struggling to balance the need for visits versus the need to keep patients safe at home.

But how effective are these technologies? What are their potentialities and their limitations? These are subject of current research.

In order to help this research we have been developing an open source platform for mobile-drive health research: Mobistudy. The platform is both a tool for clinical researchers who want to test the effectiveness of mobile health, and for citizens who want to be involved in interesting research.

In this talk, I am going to introduce what Mobistudy is and what the roadmap for its development is. In addition to the engineering effort, there are important design aspects that need to be addressed, which could be of interest to researchers in K3. With this short seminar, I hope I will be able to engage with some of you in this journey, which (I won’t hide my ambition!) could become a prominent research initiative within the University.

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