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SER-SPER Collaboration


Join the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) for a joint webinar! Members of all organizations are welcome to participate!

Thanks to Sonia Grandi, Anne Marie Jukic, and Jessie Buckley for organizing the SER-SPER Collaboration events.

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“Leveraging mobile health applications for epidemiologic research”


Date: March 11, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST
Online Web Conference


Carlotta Favaro, PhD
Data Scientist, Natural Cycles Nordic AB

Jenna Nobles, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology
Associate Director, Center for Demography & Ecology
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Nitika Pant Pai, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
McGill University, Montreal Canada

Quynh Pham, PhD
Associate Director, Research, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network
Scientist, TECHNA Institute, University Health Network
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Shruthi Mahalingaiah, MD MSc
Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive and Women’s Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Sonia Grandi, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health


Mobile health (mHealth) involves health research supported by mobile devices. The use of mHealth applications has surged over the last decade, primarily in low- and middle-income countries due to the ubiquity of mobile devices in the general population. mHealth applications have been leveraged for public health research due to their potential to broaden the participation of subjects from underrepresented populations, to reduce study costs associated with in-person data collection, and to recruit larger sample populations. There are however ethical and social implications and concerns of data quality and reliability that require further consideration. Panelists will provide an overview of their experiences in the development and implementation of mHealth applications for research across a range of fields in epidemiology. A panel discussion will address opportunities and considerations for the use of mHealth applications in epidemiologic research more broadly.