See you in September!

The Mobile and Electronic Health ARC (ME-ARC) will not be hosting any seminars for July or August 2018. If you wish to be added to the ME-ARC email list for notifications and event updates, please email Nicolle Rueras at We look forward to seeing you in September. Have a great summer!

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Workshop Opportunity!

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), in collaboration with Cancer Research U.K. (CRUK), will host a “Sandpit” workshop (i.e., ideas lab) on October 28-31, 2018, in Potomac, Maryland.


This intensive residential workshop will bring together a broad, multidisciplinary group of participants to generate new insights on the contextual factors (e.g., social, cultural, and organizational) that influence the implementation and uptake of digital health interventions for cancer prevention. The research ideas generated at the workshop will inform dissemination and implementation efforts, with the ultimate goal of increasing the reach, adoption, and maintained use of digital health tools. On the last day of the workshop, CRUK will invite up to four of the teams formed at the workshop to apply for CRUK seed grants to test the feasibility of their ideas.


Early- and mid-career professionals based in the U.S. or U.K. who are interested in contributing their expertise, transformative ideas, and novel thinking are especially encouraged to apply. However, please note that Ph.D. students are not eligible for this opportunity.

Applications must include the following components:

  • a CV
  • an 800-word cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the workshop
  • a visual representation (e.g., diagram or mental model) that illustrates a conceptual schema of the applicant’s area of interest, along with a 300-word caption
  • a letter of commitment from the applicant’s organization or institution

Application materials must be emailed to by July 18, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT / 10 p.m. BST.

NCI will support standard-class travel accommodation costs (in accordance with NIH Travel Policy) for applicants selected to participate and committed to attending the entire Sandpit event.

Additional details about the Sandpit and full application instructions are available at:


NCI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability.


Kara L. Hall, Ph.D.

Health Behaviors Research Branch

Phone: (240) 276-6831


Nutrition Obesity Research Club Inaugural Meeting


One Saturday, October 27th, 2018, the Nutrition Obesity Research Club (NORC) will be holding its inaugural meeting  at the Boston University Photonics Center in the Colloquium Room, which is located at St. Mary's Street in Boston, MA. The event is from 6-8pm and is supported by the BNORC, NORCH, BADERC, and the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Mission: To promote closer interactions and collaborations among nutrition and obesity researchers in Boston and throughout New England.

The club will have two major components:

  • Research Presentations: Communication of new data with feedback from senior faculty.
  • Datathon: Teams consisting of junior researchers, engineers, and data scientists will work together to analyze provided datasets related to nutrition and obesity research.

Stay tuned for a call for abstracts and a call for Datathon teams!

For more information, please contact: Donna Gibson, BNORC Administrator, at .


Mobile and Electronic Health ARC’s June Seminar

Dr. Belinda Borrelli, Director and PI for the Mobile and Electronic Health ARC, Director for the Center of Behavioral Science Research, and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research,  will be discussing reaching smokers who are not motivated to quit with a mobile app.

While the Mobile and Electronic Health ARC seminars are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, our June seminar will be held on the second Tuesday. Please note that the ME-ARC June seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 12th not June 5th.


BUMC Guest Speaker Talk

“The growth of software in medical technology: Implications for firms and regulators”

Presenter: Dr. Ariel Stern


On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, Dr. Ariel D. Stern, from Harvard Business School, will be giving a talk on the Boston University Medical Campus in the Talbot building at 1PM. The presentation will be held in the Founders room, which is located on the third floor.




Johnson and Johnson Labs: Mobile Wellness Challenge

Mobile health technology has had a tremendous impact on patient care by providing new opportunities and ways for patients to take control of their health.  Johnson and Johnson Labs (JLabs) has created the Mobile Wellness Management Challenge, the first Health Technology Innovator QuickFire Challenge series. JLabs is looking to reward one year of residency at a JLabs location, with up to $25,000 in rewards and benefits. The residency will provide mentorship to the individuals or teams who submit the best ideas, technologies, or solutions that are focused around using mobile health technology to advance healthcare. The challenge will run from March 9th 2018 to June 9th 2018. Please click here for more details.


The Mobile and Electronic Health ARC’s May Seminar: ‘Hey, Charlie’

The Mobile & Electronic Health ARC (ME-ARC) Monthly Seminar

“Development of a Mobile App to Fight Addiction: Hey,Charlie”

Presenter: Christopher Shanahan, MD., MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, BUSM

Tuesday, May 1st 2018


Evans 118

72 East Concord Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02118

ME-ARC Director: Belinda Borrelli, PhD., Professor and Director of Behavioral Science, GSDM

ME-ARC Co-Directors: Lisa Quintiliani, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, and    Tibor Palfai, PhD., Professor and Director of Clinical Training, BU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences