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Dr. Lee Hartwell Addresses 2017 Sage Assembly

May 4, 2017

The 2017 Sage Assembly is the seventh in a series of Open Innovation events held by Sage Bionetworks. The assembly focused on the ubiquity of and the knowledge to be gained from personal sensors, and how this form of open learning can be applied to address issues of real concern. 2017 recipients of the Hartwell Award for Open Innovation were  recognized: Michelle Obama, who has used her platform as first lady to advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity and healthy...

Nobel prize ASU professor earns Research!America national honor

March 9, 2017

Leland H. Hartwell, Nobel Laureate and director of the Pathfinder Center at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine, will receive Research!America’s Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for his leadership and determination in building an outstanding scientific research organization as president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) from 1997 to 2010. The Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award...

How can teachers compete with cell phones, social media and other distractions?

June 22, 2016

Teachers at every level struggle at times with keeping students engaged. But starting a lesson with a current event and questions to consider might better engage both students and educators. Consider Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. The contamination of Flint’s water supply can be explored from a variety of perspectives — interpreting data, exploring cause-and-effect relationships or even discussing the long-term impact of using bottled water to replace tap water. Questions on the issue...

Diagnosing which health gadgets really work

December 1, 2015

From devices that track your steps to apps that monitor heart health, the market is flooded — and an ASU spinoff aims to help health providers know which pass the test Can an algorithm be sued for malpractice? That’s one of the galaxy of questions associated with connected health, a new field exploring health care through technology. Smartphone apps for health and fitness. “Smart” pill bottles that light up a bright red light when someone forgets his medication. Sick people...

Game-changing insights into new technology used for our health and wellbeing

October 27, 2015

LONDON and TEMPE, ARIZ. – Ipsos Healthcare and HoneyB Health Partner to Explore How Patients and Practitioners Use Connected Health Technologies. Ipsos Healthcare, the global healthcare division of Ipsos (ISOS.PA), has joined forces with HoneyB Health, LLC, a spinout company of Arizona State University (ASU), to deliver powerful new insights into Connected Health. HoneyB Health’s proprietary database of physiological assessments of connected health devices will be linked with...

Transformative gathering illuminates the future of health

October 13, 2015

Improving health and renovating America’s troubled system of care are urgent issues at the top of the national agenda. Arizona State University, (an institution recently named most innovative school in the country) and Mayo Clinic, (a hospital system frequently ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report), are using their comprehensive strategic partnership to examine the healthcare landscape in new ways. From Wednesday, September 30 through Friday, October 2nd, a diverse collective...

Consumer wearables: Biosensors and health care

July 18, 2015

The market of wearable health sensors is anticipated to grow to more than $11 billion by 2020, according to the July 2015 Consumer Market Research Reports, and companies such as Apple are investigating embedded health sensors into product logos. What do bioscientists, technologists and health care experts say about opportunities for sensors in health? ASU Biodesign experts Michael Birt and Leland Hartwell shared their insights at a recent 2015 Symposium on Innovation in the Health Sector,...

Bringing Project HoneyBee Learnings to Chapel Hill

July 10, 2015

The holes in the healthcare system became truly clear to Theresa (Terri) Floegel–a nurse with many years of experience under her belt–once she began teaching prospective nurses and watching her nursing students show her what they thought was the priority in caring for older hospital patients. Conversations revolved around fixing injury or disease rather than supporting the whole person to regain health and stay healthy. This drove her passion for thinking a bit further outside of the...

Fostering the sustainability movement

May 21, 2015

Omaya Ahmad is completing her Ph.D. in the School of Sustainability at ASU. She has spent the past decade thriving in her academic career at ASU, most recently with the Biodesign Institute Center for Sustainable Health’s Sustainability Science Education project. The Sustainability Science Education project was awarded ASU’s 2015 President's Award for Sustainability for the development and success of a new innovative course, SCN 400 Sustainability Science for Teachers. 

What The Matrix and the Mayo Clinic’s Steven Lester Have in Common

May 19, 2015

Steven Lester, Mayo Clinic Cardiologist and champion of leveraging disruptive technology to improve health outcomes, reminds me of Neo—the protagonist from the 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix, destined to end the war between humans and machines. Except in Steve’s case, the war is more against inefficiency, outdated approaches, and apathy than superhuman robot “Agents”. Steve is certainly not Neo’s docile computer programmer cum violent rogue hacker. In fact, he is an acclaimed...