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Interactive Media Technologies and Mobile Health Monitoring of Metabolic Disorders

Date: 6th March, 2013

Panel Discussion Moderators: Cyrus Shahabi, Andy Lee and Donna Spruijt-Metz

Venue: UPC Campus

Schedule Of Events

  • Reception: 5:00 – 6:15 PM
  • Presentations: 6:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Panel discussion: 7:15 – 7:45 PM


Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at USC
Director’s Conf, DRB 101, Denney Research Center, 1042 Downey Way
University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089

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Wei‐An “Andy” Lee, DO is the Director, Diabetes and Metabolism Center, LAC+USC Medical Center, Clinical Endocrinologist for Keck Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine. After completing this undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Lee attended and completed medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, interned at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine. After that, he continued his fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at USC. He has received a number of prestigious honors for his teaching, including the Brautbar Teaching Award from the Department of Medicine, the highest graduating award in the internal medicine program. He has a strong commitment in the area of type 2 diabetes in investigating the pathophysiology and defining a better treatment strategy. He has been the director for the Diabetes Center at the Roybal Comprehensive Clinic. He is the principal investigator of the Diabetes Mellitus Reversal Registry.

Cyrus Shahabi is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and the Director of the NSF’s Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) at the University of Southern California. He was also the CTO and co‐founder of a USC spin‐off and an InQTel portfolio company, Geosemble Technologies, which was acquired in June 2012.  He authored two books and more than two hundred research papers in the areas of databases, GIS and multimedia. He is currently on the editorial board of the VLDB Journal and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. He was an Associate Edit or of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) from 2004 to 2009. He is currently on the editorial board of the VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), ACM Computers in Entertainment and Journal of Spatial Information Science. He is the founding chair of IEEE NetDB workshop and also the general co‐chair of ACM GIS 2007, 2008 and 2009. Dr. Shahabi is a recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award and the U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Donna Spruijt‐Metz is Associate Professor at University of Southern California’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Director, Responsible Conduct in Research for the Keck School of Medicine. Spruijt‐Metz’s research focuses on childhood obesity and mobile health. Recent research includes the KNOWME Networks project, developing Wireless Body Area Networks specifically for minority youth for non‐intrusive monitoring of metabolic health, physical activity and other obesity‐related behaviors, and real‐time interventions to treat and prevent obesity, and Virtual Sprouts, a virtual, multiplatform gardening game designed to change dietary knowledge and behavior and prevent obesity in minority youth. She recently collaborated on the Wellness Partners project with USC School of Cinema, developing and testing a mobile, socially networked game to promote physical activity in adults and families. She has a deep interest in harnessing mobile health and new media modalities to bring researchers and researched systems into interaction, to engage people in their own data, and to bring about lasting change in obesity through changes in societal norms, built and perceived environments, and behavior. Her work is funded by NIDDK, NIDA, NCHMD, RWJ and NCI.


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