C. Barr Taylor, M.D., to Serve as Chief Investigator on $2.5M Risk Reduction Grant

Monday, November 25, 2019

C. Barr Taylor, M.D., to Serve as Chief Investigator on $2.5M Risk Reduction Grant

Research Professor C. Barr Taylor, M.D., who is working to ‘move the needle’ in providing digital mental health interventions embedded in health care systems, will serve as a Chief Investigator on a $2.5M Australian grant focused on cardiometabolic risk reduction over the course of five years. The grant comes through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Center for Research Excellence in Interactive Digital Technology.

According to the project’s details on the University of Melbourne website, “More than half of all Australians have a chronic condition and half of those have two or more chronic conditions. Interactive Digital Technologies (iDT) that utilize intelligent mobile apps, chatbots, wearable devices, sensors, social media, interoperable data platforms, decision support for practitioners and smart delivery systems are vital for curtailing the rising burden of chronic diseases globally.”

Dr. Taylor’s role will be as an advisor and assisting with trainees.

The project has ambitious goals. Researchers, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Brian Oldenburg, aim to:

  • optimize the user experience in Interactive Digital Technologies (iDT),
  • increase the impact and widespread use of iDT by all Australians with chronic conditions, as well as their caretakers, health care providers, and health care systems, and
  • integrate healthcare platforms to scale solutions.

Researchers expect this grant to “create a national research capability in this emerging field of digital population health research.” More information can be found at https://mspgh.unimelb.edu.au/research-groups/nossal-institute-for-global-health/non-communicable-disease-unit/nhmrc-cre.

C. Barr Taylor, M.D., is a Research Professor at Palo Alto University and Director of the Center for m²Health at PAU.