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Forging European collaborations in e&m-Health

This month, FFCMH NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Dr Camille Short, returned from three months sabbatical leave in Europe where she forged collaborations with leaders in the field of electronic and mobile health (e&m-Health) and cancer survivorship research.

Camille attended the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference in Edinburgh in June where she presented on physical activity interventions for persons being treated for cancer. At the meeting she co-facilitated an e&m-Health workshop and the annual meeting of the e&m-Health Special Interest Group.   While in Edinburgh, Camille met with Prof Annie Anderson, Head of the Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening at Dundee, and Prof Nanette Mutrie, Director of the Physical Activity and Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh.  Both are Investigators in the Football Fans in Training project (http://www.ffit.org.uk/)/, a weight loss intervention for men, similar to FFCMH’s GIRTH, but using football clubs to get men engaged, and which has been very successful.   Camille pursued  collaborative opportunities with  Prof Wendy Demark, A/Director for Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Alabama, Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center relating to distance-based approaches to diet and physical activity promotion among cancer survivors, and Melody Ding, NHMRC Fellow at the University of Sydney who is interested in multiple behavior change.

Camille spent a week at VU University, Amsterdam, working with Dr Laurien Buffart from the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research.  Laurien leads a small team interested in physical activity and cancer survivorship from the behavior change perspective, and from this a discussion paper on the future of cancer survivorship research was prepared and is soon to be published.   She also worked with Anouk Middleweerd from the Artificial Intelligence Lab at VU University on an e&m-Health behavior change project that incorporates an app that uses machine learning algorithms to learn from past users and generate dynamic support.

Camille spent the remaining time working with Dr Rik Crutzen, Dr Francine Schneider and Dr Lilian Lechner’s at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. During this time, collaborative research protocols on e&m-Health interventions were developed as were research proposals generated for up to four University of Maastricht health science masters students who the Centre hopes to attract to Adelaide.

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